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Reliability Engineer (Lathrop, CA)


Lathrop, CA, US, 95330-9777

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The primary role of the Reliability Engineer is to identify and manage asset reliability risks that could adversely affect plant or business operations. This broad primary role can be divided into three smaller, more manageable roles: Loss Elimination, Risk Management and Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM).

Key Responsibilities

  • Works with Project Engineering to ensure the reliability and maintainability of new and modified installations. The Reliability Engineer is responsible for adhering to the Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM) process throughout the entire life cycle of new assets.
  • Participates in the development of design and installation specifications along with commissioning plans. Participates in the development of criteria for and evaluation of equipment and technical MRO suppliers and technical maintenance service providers. Develops acceptance tests and inspection criteria.
  • Participates in the final check out of new installations. This includes factory and site acceptance testing that will assure adherence to functional specifications.
  • Guides efforts to ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls, and safety/security systems.
  • Professionally and systematically defines, designs, develops, monitors and refines an Asset Maintenance Plan that includes: Value-added preventive maintenance tasks and Effective utilization of predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems.
  • Develops engineering solutions to repetitive failures and all other problems that adversely affect plant operations. These problems include capacity, quality, cost or regulatory compliance issues. To fulfill this responsibility the Reliability Engineer applies data analysis techniques that can include: Statistical Process Control; Reliability modeling and prediction; Fault Tree Analysis; Weibull Tree Analysis; Six Sigma Methodology; Root-cause and Root-Cause Failure Analysis (RCA, RCFA); Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS).
  • Works with Production to perform analyses of assets including: Asset Utilization; Overall Equipment Effectiveness; Remaining useful life; Other parameters that define operating condition, reliability and costs of assets.
  • Represent Reliability in any action items and recommendation through PSM changes or audits. Analyses, reports and acts on all Mechanical Integrity callouts.
  • Applies value analysis to repair/replace, repair/redesign, and make/buy decisions.
  • Managing a team of 2-4 hourly Reliability techs. 

Typical Education

 Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) in mechanical engineering or related engineering discipline from 4 year college or university

Relevant Experience

  • Reliability Engineer / Reliability Manager: 2+ years of experience and/or training
  • Reliability Engineer I: 1-5 years of experience and/or training
  • Reliability Engineer II: 5 years of experience and/or training
  • Experience in developing and maintaining a Reliability Centered Maintenance Plan for a critical environment such as manufacturing.
  • This includes developing a schedule and maintenance plan/activities for all utilities and facilities equipment to insure zero down time.
  • Preferred project management experience to manage multiple on-going projects within multiple work streams.

Required Certifications

  •  CMRP, CRE or CRL Certification are preferred

Other Information

Loss Elimination:

One of the fundamental roles of the Reliability Engineer is to track the production losses and abnormally high maintenance cost assets, then find ways to reduce those losses or high costs. These losses are prioritized to focus efforts on the largest/most critical opportunities. The Reliability Engineer (in full partnership with the operations team) develops a plan to eliminate or reduce the losses through root cause analysis, obtains approval of the plan and facilitates the implementation.


Risk Management:

Another role of the Reliability Engineer is to manage risk to the achievement of an organization’s strategic objectives in the areas of environmental health and safety, asset capability, quality and production. Some tools used by a Reliability Engineer to identify and reduce risk include:

  • PHA – Preliminary hazards analysis
  • FMEA – Failure modes and effects analysis
  • CA – Criticality analysis
  • SFMEA – Simplified failure modes and effects analysis
  • MI – Maintainability information
  • FTA – Fault tree analysis
  • ETA – Event tree analysis

This also includes day-to-day management and ownership of the Mechanical Integrity (MI) program relating to the PSM covered equipment in the plant.


Life Cycle Asset Management:

Studies show that as much as 95% of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) or Life Cycle Cost (LCC) of an asset is determined before it is put into use. This reveals the need for the Reliability Engineer to be involved in the design and installation stages of projects for new assets and modification of existing assets.

Job Requisition ID: 9937

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): AB Plant - Lathrop 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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