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Position Title: Reliability Engineer 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Grand Island 

Requisition ID: 21006 




The Reliability Engineer is responsible for overall leadership to mechanics, project engineers and managers in determining and carrying out the best maintenance practices for equipment reliability and total cost of ownership.  The Reliability Engineer works independently or as team members to assess, design, train and implement preventive maintenance (PM), Predictive Maintenance (PdM) and reliability continuous improvement programs. The Reliability Engineer should have diverse experience in organizational management, maintenance and reliability, as well as practical experience in plant reliability and/or maintenance management. The RE should have exceptional skills and knowledge in particular areas such as work flow management, PM optimization, maintenance technology and/or reliability continuous improvement through FMEA, RCA, RCM, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, and other statistical methods.  The Reliability Engineer should have expertise in process measurement as it relates to assessing current performance, trending and documenting improvement results.



This individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


  • Follow the McCain safety, loss prevention and environmental programs by holding themselves and all team members accountable to its tenets
  • Communicate to inform, engage and inspire. Emphasizes communications as a tool to build collaboration and ensure organizational alignment
  • Lead the BE break down elimination process to insure root cause and corrective actions to prevent future failures.
  • Ensures failure modes addressed are appropriate
  • Performs cost/benefit analysis to set correct frequency of task(s)
  • Ensures that all failure modes have a job plan on file (both proactive and reactive)
  • Responsible for changes to the Equipment Maintenance Plan based on analysis of asset failure data
  • Assists Maintenance Manager and Plant Engineer with reliability analysis of proposed equipment modifications
  • Makes specific recommendations to improve machinery performance and reliability based on analysis of process and failure data
  • Responsible to performs statistical analysis on machinery failure data and work order data to determine whether  adjustments to the Engineered Maintenance Strategy are warranted
  • Catalogues and databases the RCA/RCFA results and subsequent action items
  • Analyzes plant wide failure data and downtime scenarios to calculate relevant trigger points for RCFA
  • Applies reliability analysis methods to new designs to determine system, asset and component reliability
  • Determines single-point failures
  • Develops commissioning procedures for new system, asset and component design
  • Develops strategies for OEM warranty issues and claims
  • Develop machinery modification plans to deal with single-point failure scenarios
  • Develops specific maintenance and operational start-up procedures for new installations
  • Responsible to develop new equipment purchase specifications for reliability and maintainability
  • Uses reliability analysis tools to determine operational reliability of systems, assets and components
  • Aides in the development of alarms designed to determine and verify acceptable operations
  • Direct and lead those maintaining and developing reliability KPI’s (% worker utilization, % schedule adherence, etc.) in conformance with McCain standards
  • Direct and lead the maintenance of a record keeping system consistent with a world class reliability program
  • Understand and utilize the continuum of maintenance philosophy as it relates to change management
  • A leader for CI- Condition Inspections for operators and mechanics
  • Work with the maintenance team and process to ensure quality preventive programs; vibration, oil analysis, ultra sound – on line real time data from the equipment and CI inspections.
  • Assist in capital project management
  • Perform additional duties as assigned





Required Education, Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in engineering or a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent experience, and continuing self-development.
  • GPA; 3.0 and above preferred
  • Competent Computer Skills (e.g. MS Office)
  • Must be fluent in English; second language is a plus but not required
  • Strong technical expertise and problem solving skills
  • Strong analytical skills (e.g. root cause analysis and statistic analysis)
  • Displays vision and demonstrates both personal and organizational sensitivity
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics and computer-generated reports
  • Can communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in written work
  • Must be willing to work alternative shift schedules when applicable for assignments
  • Must be willing to relocate within the United States for assignments and future growth


Desired Experience:

  • Previous experience in a variety of factory floor and staff assignments and demonstrated leadership in achieving results is a plus (internship or co-op experience applicable)
  • An expert in Plant PLC Controls Systems and Programming the applicant will support both engineering and plant maintenance in the development and troubleshooting of Process Controls and electrical infrastructure in new and existing food manufacturing facilities related to the reliability of plant equipment or process control improvements.
  • Review new technology for applicability and benefits to current manufacturing and controls methods.
  • Utilize the current systems and programs to extract data to support projects.


Scope of Authority

  • All employees have the right to question or refuse a work related directive that is unsafe
  • All employees are expected to take appropriate measures regarding employee, product or equipment safety


Supervisory Responsibilities                                                    

  • This job has no direct reports. Interacts with others using project management and managing by influence skills. Supervises third party and company resources on functional basis.



  • Drives Results
  • Build and Maintain Relationships
  • Leverage Own Potential
  • Create Team Synergy
  • Make Smart Decisions
  • Communicate Relentlessly
  • Win with Customers and Consumers
  • Champion Change



To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily.  While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk and/or hear

  • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk and climb; regularly use hands and fingers to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include color acuity, close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust and focus
  • Work is inside and the noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Manufacturing      
Division: NA Appetizer Manufacturing 
Department: ​Grand Island Engineering ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Nebraska : Grand Island 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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