Department: Facilities Mgmt EV Salary/Grade: EXS/11
Job Summary: Reporting to the Senior Director of Operations, The Reliability Engineer (RE) will identify and manage asset reliability risks that could adversely affect Northwestern University’s plant and building operations. The role is responsible for leading reliability improvements, implementing best practices, trouble-shooting equipment issues, leading incident investigations, optimizing the preventative maintenance program and developing a predictive maintenance program for the Evanston and Chicago campuses.
The Reliability Engineer (RE) serves as the primary mechanical technical resource for the operations and maintenance team. As a result, this role becomes the preferred point of contact for reliability strategies, engineering solutions, long-term engineering evaluations, preventative maintenance delivery, predictive maintenance implementation and reliability program implementation. The reliability engineer’s goals is to continuously improve equipment reliability and enhance safety within mechanical designs and practices while simultaneously optimizing life cycle costs.
The RE will interact with the operations and maintenance team for long-term mechanical integrity and reliability issues. The RE will interface with the operations team to gain inputs to develop a long-term reliability plan that incorporates key reliability objectives into routine maintenance work. The selected candidate will build effective partnerships and relationships with surrounding FM Units and key Chicago and Evanston administrators and establish effective linkages with units across both campuses.
The RE will work with the operations team to solve asset reliability issues along with other Subject Matter Experts (SME’s). This role will also assist in developing and implementing actions to meet local, state and federal compliance requirements
Focus on improving safety performance including maintenance practices, equipment design and risk identification.
Review equipment inventory and identify MEP equipment for preventive and predictive maintenance prioritization and analysis based on utilization, areas served, and failure history.
Identify critical MEP equipment for condition monitoring encompassing vibration, thermo imaging, and bearing temperature. Perform analysis on monitoring data to recommend corrective actions to reduce unscheduled outages and catastrophic repair costs.
Utilize CMMS (FAMIS/Tririga) to manage scheduled and corrective work track job status and repair costs.
Develop, plan, coordinate and implement preventive and predictive maintenance activities including identification of tasks for various work crews.
Conduct root cause failure analysis and identify opportunities to drive continuous improvement in the areas of safety and reliability
Identify and implement engineering solutions to improve the overall life cycle costs and performance of equipment and system assets.
Identify reliability improvements and develop justifications, incentives and business value to support funding requests.
Lead investigation teams relating to engineering design, equipment integrity and system reliability.
Optimize and expand the existing preventative maintenance program across both campuses along with the associated metrics, tools and tracking systems.
Develop a comprehensive strategy and implement a predictive maintenance programs across both campuses utilizing technology, industry best practices and metrics.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Ten years minimum experience in mechanical engineering roles supporting facilities, manufacturing, or utility plant operations
Experience leading incident investigations and Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA)
Experience with equipment maintenance and design
Familiarity scheduling and reporting in a Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to lead through influence including guiding informal work teams
Excellent analytical and organization skills
Ability to self-motivate, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment under deadlines
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Effective business acumen
Ability to foster positive collaborative work relationships with diverse stakeholders – senior leadership, trade staff, building occupants, co-workers, suppliers, and contractors
Ability to identify and share industry best practices
Experience with basic project management and project prioritization
Leadership in the area of equipment integrity, preventive maintenance, resource management and/or related initiatives
Master’s degree in mechanical engineering
Professional Engineer’s (PE) License
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Project management experience including experience with MS Project
Specific experience in the areas of RCFA, Predictive and Preventative maintenance systems, RCM analysis, energy conservation and labor management.
Exceptional written and verbal communications
Exceptional business acumen and financial justification skills
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36129
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.