Reliability Engineer

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Date: Jun 13, 2024

Location: Pontiac, MI, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

Leads reliability initiatives in line with site and business needs, tracking all stages to deliver on production, quality, health/safety/environmental, and cost improvement targets. Interfaces with other departments to establish a reliability-centered maintenance approach through communication of criticality, upcoming projects and initiatives, forecasts, and improvement tracking.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establishes robust predictive (PdM) and preventative (PM) maintenance programs and ensures PdM/PM plans are completed on time and according to plan. Reviews and prioritizes PdM and PM feedback for further investigation or repair and enters work requests. Maintains and reviews equipment PdM and PM history for trends and takes corrective actions based on results.
  • Reviews equipment maintenance and repair history for trends, identifies methods to correct and prevent recurrence, implements the corrective action, and tracks the improvement savings.
  • Drives continuous improvement of the reliability process through KPI tracking and analysis, root cause failure analysis (RCFA) and failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) execution, equipment criticality analysis, equipment maintenance strategy creation, and bad actor program development.
  • Owns the site computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) equipment naming convention and structure (Functional Location structure), PdM/PM work task standardization and consolidation, and spare parts strategies.
  • Coaches the maintenance team on PdM/PM tasks and skills, working with the Maintenance Supervisor to identify training opportunities to further reliability skill development.
  • Embeds a reliability-centered maintenance culture in all aspects of maintenance, including process safety management (PSM), mechanical integrity (MI), management of change (MOC), continuous improvement (CI), and 5S principles.
  • Works closely with other site engineers to develop and execute a robust mechanical integrity program in line with industry and AkzoNobel standards and best practices.
  • Primary interface for maintenance team on capital projects. Promote equipment standardization and maintainability, determine equipment criticality, complete FMEAs, create equipment maintenance plans and spare parts strategies for implemented projects. Occasionally complete expense and capital projects related to equipment reliability. Contribute to the MOC and PSM processes.

Job Requirements

  • B.S. in an engineering discipline (mechanical or industrial preferred) with 3-5 years’ chemical or resin plant experience or 6-10 years’ experience in maintenance and reliability in-lieu of degree.
  • Knowledgeable in the operation and maintenance of process equipment such as fillers, cappers, case packers, conveyors, pressurized and atmospheric tanks, mixers, and pumps. Experience with MI codes and standards.
  • Familiarity implementing or executing MI, PdM/PM, RCFA/FMEA, Equipment Maintenance Strategy, and Bad Actor programs
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, and climb in a manufacturing environment wearing appropriate PPE (hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toed shoes)
  • Strong computer skills. Ability to learn specialized SAP CMMS software.
  • Basic knowledge of electrical and control systems
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, across multiple organizational levels

Rewards & Benefits

Base salary range for this role is: $ 95,000 to $105,000. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This salary range may also be modified in the future.

  • Benefits beginning Day 1
  • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match
  • Annual bonus
  • Medical insurance with HSA
  • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits
  • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay 
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Requisition ID  #LI-SS1

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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