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Reliability Engineer at Management Recruiters of Edison

Reliability Engineer

Management Recruiters of Edison Mount Prospect, IL (On Site) Full-Time
$100,000 - $115,000/Year
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A major pharmaceutical distribution company needs a permanent, full-time Reliability Engineer at their Packaging plant in Chicagoland, IL. Good salary + Annual Bonus + Sign-on Bonus for relocation assistance + full Benefits

Job Posting # 2552R

Job Title : Reliability Engineer – Emerging Engineering Technologies

Location: Mount Prospect, IL Overnight Travel: 15 %

Relocation: YES – Client offers a Sign-On bonus for relocation assistance

Compensation: Salary of $100K - $115K + Annual Bonus (Target 12.5 % )

Full benefits – Medical (starts 1 st of next month) Dental, Vision, 401K, 16 days PTO, 10 Holidays, etc.

Company Info:

A major, Fortune 20 pharmaceutical distribution company with $123 Billion in sales, with a high-tech/speed/volume packaging plant (around 700K per week) in Illinois with around 500 people .

Group Info: This role will report to the corporate Lead Director of Engineering, Controls, and Technology Validation with 4 people in his group. This role will be assigned to the packaging plant in IL

Note 1: The right person with 10 + years of relevant Automation, Reliability, Manufacturing, Plant Engineering experience will be considered in place of a BS degree.

Note 2: This role has unique function to prioritize the “Reliability Engineering” aspects of the job function to act as the bridge between Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations , which lends itself more to a Six Sigma-type resource with experience in an automated/material-handling environment. PLC/Controls experience/expertise is a plus but not required


The role is to gather data and develop/publish reports for existing automated processes, initially using somewhat manual/labor intensive methods, while in parallel leading efforts to develop more error-proof/automated mid/long-term reporting solutions.

Will work closely with the operations, maintenance, and engineering teams to develop and implement solutions that will positively impact quality, service, cost, and capacity.

Also collaborate with and support the other packaging plants, as required.

Individual will utilize statistical tools and follow a six-sigma approach to process improvement.

His or her background should be in engineering, preferably in the electrical machine controls or mechanical engineering disciplines

The Secondary responsibility is to troubleshoot issues and develop improvements to the existing automated processes.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Troubleshooting, diagnosis, and short-term resolution of issues that negatively affect automation performance. 25% of the role

2. Development/Implementation of long-term solutions for ongoing automation Issues, via the use of our Engineering Change Control Process (ECCR). This helps drive incremental improvements to the process, which raise the “Steady State” level of productivity over time.

25% of the role

3. Over the short-term, publish Daily, Weekly, Monthly, etc. reports to help track automation equipment availability and the cost of downtime events to the business until better mid/long-term solutions are developed. 25% of the role

4. Work with internal stakeholders and external vendors to build out/expand an existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, and provide guidance, oversight, and implementation support for new vendor-provided automation projects. This helps drive transformational changes which raise the “Steady State” level of productivity. 10% of the role

7. Create documentation to help support the ongoing knowledge/maintenance of the automation equipment amongst the support staff 10% of the time

8. Provide training on new automation equipment and new features on existing automation equipment to site personnel, including technicians, equipment operators, and management. 5% of the time

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

1. Experience maintaining/troubleshooting material handling systems.

2. Develop/enhance reporting solutions to identify repetitive failures and other problems that adversely affect operations, and engineering solutions to address them. These may include capacity, quality, cost, or regulatory compliance issues. To fulfill this responsibility, utilize techniques including Six Sigma Methodology, Data Mining, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Predictive Analysis, Regression Analysis, Root-Cause and Root-Cause Failure Analysis (RCA, RCFA), Fault Tree Analysis, Reliability Modeling and Prediction

3. Work with engineering and operations management to analyze automation-driven systems, including Equipment Availability, Performance, Quality, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Asset Utilization

5. Develop/amend detailed design and installation specifications for automation equipment/processes to ensure that data elements required for system analysis/reporting are included, along with commissioning plans.

6. Participate in a collaborative vendor evaluation/selection process for new automation equipment/processes.

7. Analyze engineering-design concepts and proposals for new automation equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls, and safety/security systems, with a focus on operational reliability and each vendor’s ability using knowledge of reliability engineering concepts/practices.

8. Work with external vendors and internal resources to ensure that data elements required for system analysis/reporting are incorporated in the automation equipment control system software and integrated with/collected by the SCADA system.

9. Review supplier documentation and drawings, proposing design modifications to improve reliability within cost and other performance requirements.

9. Help develop criteria for and evaluation of equipment and suppliers. Develop acceptance tests and inspection criteria.

10. Observe and/or conduct tests at supplier and site locations to evaluate reliability factors.

Candidate Must Have:

 10+ years of Technical experience in a plant environment

 5+ years of Plant Engineering experience in Reliability, Manufacturing, Production, Automation

 Knowledge of Equipment Availability/Performance, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), etc.

 Candidate Nice to Have:

 Bachelor’s degree in Engineering – Electrical, Mechanical, Automation

 Experience working in GMP & FDA environment

 Experience with SPC, RCA, RCFA, Six Sigma, Data Mining, Reliability methodologies

 Experience with High-Speed packaging, sorting, material handling systems

Keywords: pharmaceutical, packaging, OEE, Data mining, Production Metrics and reports, PLC, automation, HMI, SCADA, high-speed, vision, robots, controls Engineer, Automation Engineer, SPC, RCA, RCFA, Six Sigma, reliability, FDA, GMP, Allen Bradley

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