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Reliability Engineer - Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA, US, 98134

Ash Grove Cement Company



Job ID:  152339


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across the Midwest, Texas and Western United States. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.


Provides engineered, reliability centered, solutions to improve overall performance and efficiencies of plant operations. Provide oversight and guidance for the implementation of reliability initiatives relying on their experienced based skill set to assess needs, perform gap analysis, prescribe support strategies, develop, train and audit strategies while providing reliability solutions that yield enterprise wide best practices.

Supervision Received

  • Works under general supervision with specified policies, objectives and guidelines. Refers to supervisor for clarification or interpretation of policy.

Supervision Exercised

  • Exercises direct supervision and responsibility for PdM consultants and contractors.  Exercises indirect supervision of plant PdM and PM technicians.


  • Effectively manages, monitors and optimizes reliability aspects of the Maintenance Excellence Process (MEP) that includes:
    • Condition based monitoring preventive maintenance tasks
    • Utilization of predictive maintenance (PdM) and other non-destructive testing (NDT) methodologies designed to identify equipment degradation
    • Coordination of contract PdM services as needed Generates exception/anomaly reports and makes corrective action recommendations to Management
    • Evaluates and optimizes preventive maintenance (PM) tasks
  • Performs Root Cause Analysis (RCA) for equipment failures
    • Determines failure mode, cause and effects (5 Y analysis)
    • Develops engineering solutions to minimize repetitive failures for all mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems that may adversely affect plant reliability and operations
    • Generates RCA reprts that recommend solutions to resolve failures and address future preventive, predictive practices
  • Provides input to a risk management plan that will anticipate reliability related risks that may adversely impact plant reliability and operations
  • Reviews Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to measure and analyze the plant reliability processes
  • Provides technical support to production and maintenance technicians
  • Prepares CAPEX documents to address reliability related expenditures
  • Prepares cost avoidance reports for PdM findings
  • Facilitates the Bad Actors process
    • Performs Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) data analysis
    • Facilitates team approach in determining solutions to Bad Actors
    • Generates a reports, outlining a plan of action and resolution for Bad Actors
  • Analyzes on-line condition monitoring data and initiates the creation of work orders into the work flow process based on risk analysis
  • Assists in the development of PM and PdM tasks for newly installed equipment
  • Supervisory responsibilities of plant PdM technicians (3-5 direct reports)
    • Conducts safety meetings and inspections of the work area on a regular basis to ensure compliance with safety and environmental requirements.
    • Coordinates and schedules predictive maintenance activities and tasks
    • Solicits feedback and ideas from PdM technicians to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of predictive maintenance activities and tasks
    • Provides guidance, coaching, motivation, training and development to direct reports
    • Maintains records of timesheets, attendance and Paid Time Off (PTO) and ensure compliance of company policies of each
  • Performs other job related responsibilities as required


Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities


  • General knowledge of reliability practices and procedures as they relate to heavy industrial machinery and/or cement manufacturing.
  • Familiar with reliability principles including failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), vibration analysis, lubrication and tribology, thermography, etc.
  • Familiarity of work flow management and the application of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) in the improvement of equipment and facility reliability.
  • Analytical skills and an understanding of statistical methods required to analyze the effectiveness and use of KPIs and PdM data.
  • Other skills required include good organization, verbal and written communication, decision making and problem solving.
  • Knowledge of keyboarding and PC software applications such as the Microsoft Suite in the performance of their work. 




  • B.S. in Electrical, Mechanical, or Reliability Engineering, or related technical fields preferred. Professional designation or advanced degrees in an area related to reliability are highly desired.
  • Must acquire Level 2 vibration analyst certification




  • At least 3 years’ experience in related process industries with experience in the support of maintenance work processes, inventory, failure analysis, reliability, continuous improvement and CMMS.
  • Participation in Societies for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and Life Cycle Engineering preferred.


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


Ash Grove Cement is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:  Aug 2, 2019

Nearest Major Market: Seattle

Job Segment: Hydraulics, Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Electrical, Engineering