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Engineer II - Reliability

Grande Cheese

Location Brownsville
Posted 219 days ago -
Type: Full-Time Permanent
Reference ID: 95654d79-899e-4468-8424-47f286e8e90f


Grande Cheese Company is a family owned enterprise built on a tradition, quality and outstanding performance. We are dedicated to our cultural pride, professional excellence and to the dignity and respect of our Associates.

Job Summary
Applies standard engineering techniques to perform reliability studies and calculations of component/system reliabilities.  Develop analysis methods to determine reliability of components, equipment and processes.  Prepares diagrams, charts, drawings, calculations and reports to define reliability problems and make recommendations for improvements.  Assumes responsibility to lead small to mid-sized capital projects. Support the development and implementation of the facility(s) capital plan.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
1. Overall Scope
•Possesses solid working knowledge and understanding of professional engineering concepts, principles, practices and procedures, continuing to acquire higher level knowledge and skills.
•Performs a broad range of moderately complex engineering work with minimal supervision and limited technical guidance.
•Articulates ideas and thoughts and responds to others on standard engineering issues.
•Develops and completes tasks and projects in a timely manner and within budget.
•Effectively applies engineering principles and standard procedures to identify, analyze, and resolve straightforward problems.
•Receives guidance on more complex questions and issues from more senior level engineers.
•Performs assigned tasks of larger projects, and demonstrates continual success in performing increasingly more complex projects that require both seasoned technical skills and judgment.
•Provides leadership for the continuous improvement and optimization of the manufacturing processes and innovative design concepts to provide best value for the investment.
•Provides input on plant design, process equipment, tools, techniques, and regulations/codes.
•Designs, develops and implements new products, processes, test methods, and equipment.
•Provides technical support on components, methods, systems and equipment.
•Responsible for conducting engineering studies for process improvements and validations.
•Develops physical and functional test requirements to ensure specifications and regulations are met.
•Participates in and at times leads cross-functional teams.

2. Project Management
•Responsible for project leadership, support, and coordination of implementation of capital and other engineering related improvements involving the following major areas: cheese and whey processing, buildings/facilities, specifications, utilities, equipment, electrical, automation and controls, contract administration, start-up, and commissioning.
•Collaborate with others to define scope and overall management of projects including: determining project objectives, timelines, budgets, resources, tasks, and supervising progress to ensure objectives are being met.
•Responsible for identification, specification, requisitioning, and coordination with procurement for the purchase and delivery of project components and equipment necessary for implementation of projects.
•Examine, review, and approve documents such as purchase orders, blueprint designs, change orders, and specifications to ensure completeness and accuracy.
•Direct the work and activities of suppliers, contractors, consultants, and designers as required.
•Prepare capital requests and justifications for improvement projects.

3. Technical Duties
•Conducts analyses of reliability problems and investigates to help determine the required reliability approach for the particular situation, with consideration given to the cost impact and limitations for equipment uptime/downtime, repair/replacement costs and weight, and size and availability of materials/equipment.
•Support manufacturing operations in overall optimization of the performance of the facility by assisting with development and implementation of reliability methods and controls to meet quality and cost efficiency standards.
•Estimates engineering personnel needs and coordinates the use of other engineers and technicians to accomplish the objective of cost-effective reliability improvements for projects.
•Analyzes preliminary engineering-design concepts to recommend design or test methods for attaining customer-specified operational reliability, using knowledge of reliability engineering and other technologies: Analyzes preliminary plans and develops reliability engineering program to achieve customer’s reliability objectives.  Analyzes projected product utilization and calculates cumulative effect on final system reliability of individual part reliabilities.
•Drafts failure mode and effect analysis sheets or formulates mathematical models, using computer-aided engineering equipment, to identify units posing excessive failure risks and support proposed changes in design.
•Enters data to simulate electrical inputs, transient conditions, temperature, stress, and other factors to develop computer models, and analyzes and adjusts design to predict and improve system reliability.
•Advises and confers with engineers and maintenance in design review meetings to give reliability findings and recommendations.
•Determines units requiring environmental testing and specifies minimum number of samples to obtain statistically valid data.
•Reviews subcontractors' proposals for reliability program and submits evaluation for decision.
•Observes conduct of tests at supplier, plant, or field locations to evaluate reliability factors, such as numbers and causes of unit failures.
•Monitors failure data generated by customer using product to ascertain potential requirement for product improvement.
•Develop, assess and implement techniques and equipment of low to moderate complexity used in production process to maximize the reliability of the operations.
•Support the continuous improvement and optimization of the manufacturing processes, with a focus on a preventative maintenance / reliability based structure, downtime minimization, and system efficiencies.
•Liaison with Maintenance Team to design and layout plant preventative maintenance, reliability, and repair work.
•Involved in organizing plant shutdown projects and other facility initiatives.

4.  Additional Responsibilities
•Ensure compliance with federal, state and local codes.
•Provide liaison on project, facilities and equipment with regulatory agencies.
•Participate in professional organizations to maintain current knowledge of technical innovations.

The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that maybe assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

• Minimum 4 Year Bachelors Degree in a related Engineering field required.

Experience & Training
• Three (3) or more years of related Engineering experience required.
• Must have general experience working with manufacturing facility and design, preferably in food processing.

Licenses & Certifications
• Project management certification and/or Professional Engineering license preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Project management skills such as initiating, coordinating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing in implementation of a variety of projects.
• Knowledge of USDA, FDA, OSHA and environmental regulations, codes, and standards.
• Ability to troubleshoot, diagnose problems and recommend improvements.
• Ability to interpret a variety of technical information, instructions and details and utilize to guide methods and procedures.
• Planning and prioritization skills, innovation, multi-tasking, goal setting, analytical skills, adaptable, continuously looking to raise the bar for progress.
• Ability to understand, influence, drive, and negotiate with internal and external customers.
• Strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
• Advanced PC skills including Windows, Microsoft Office Suite and Engineering and design software.
• Advanced knowledge in mathematical concepts such as fractions, ratios, value analysis, thermodynamics, to resolve engineering designs and problems.