Reliability Engineer


The primary role of the Reliability Engineer is to identify and manage equipment reliability risks that could adversely affect business operations. This broad primary role can be divided into subsets: Loss Elimination, Risk Management, and Reliability Best Practice.

  • Loss Elimination – Track and reduce production losses and abnormally high maintenance costs
  • Risk Management – Manage risk to achievement of strategic objectives in areas of health and safety, equipment capability, quality and production.
  • Reliability Best Practice – Implement, maintain and continuously improve culture, systems, processes and strategies to deliver optimal equipment performance and manufacturing objectives


  • Lead root cause problem elimination projects to increase equipment efficiency and utilization.
  • Facilitate root cause analysis and 5-why investigations.
  • Improve asset utilization by focusing on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
  • Provide technical support to production and maintenance to prevent unexpected downtime events.
  • Regularly review equipment performance and identify causes of stoppages and breakdowns.
  • Author and revise Standard Maintenance Procedures (SMPs).
  • Recommend Preventative Maintenance (PM) activities and frequencies.
  • Define and review spare parts strategy including which parts to inventory and at what levels.
  • Work with Project Engineers and OEM’s to ensure that reliability, availability, maintainability and safety aspects are considered during all phases of new equipment project execution.
  • Participate in the final validation and function testing of new installations. This includes factory and site acceptance testing that will assure adherence to functional specifications.
  • Ensure that new assets are delivered with spare parts and preventive/predictive maintenance plans based on robust equipment strategy application; including all manuals and specifications listings.


  • Detail oriented, innovative, results oriented, organization, communication, leadership


  • Strong relationship building skills and demonstrable resilience
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and regularly meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Good understanding of and adherence to procedures and a methodical approach to tasks
  • Proven experience with Root Cause Analysis, Statistical Process Control, and the DMAIC Process
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Fully developed professional able to work without direct guidance or direction from others.
  • Able to work independently and ability to resolve interpersonal conflicts
  • Support the ZPower vision
  • Positive attitude


  • BS in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering
  • 10+ years engineering experience in support of manufacturing, maintenance or quality
  • Experience working with reliability methodologies such as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
  • Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma experience, preferred


  • Microsoft Office experience (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Access)
  • Familiarity with statistics software (JMP, Minitab, Statistica)
  • Computerized maintenance management systems experience (Hippo, SAP, Maximo), required
  • Experience with CAD (Solidworks), preferred


  • Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification, preferred


  • Able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Exposure to caustic, highly oxidative, and fine powder materials.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Manufacturing. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

NOTE: These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work involved for this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of this job. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company’s discretion. Nothing in this position description changes or is intended to change the employment at-will relationship with the Company. Employment at-will means that an employee or the Company may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.