Reliability/Mechanical Engineer

Sparrow Company - Tulsa, OK

POSITION TITLE: Reliability Engineer

Sparrow Company is looking for a Reliability/Mechanical Engineer for our clients a major US cement manufacturer.

REPORTS TO: Maintenance Manager


Increase equipment life and reliability by improving equipment condition, using advanced tools such as vibration analysis and predictive/preventative maintenance techniques, and recommend operational, maintenance, and process changes so as to maximize equipment reliability and life expectancy.

Organization Structure

The maintenance planner reports to the Maintenance Manager.

Nature and Scope

  • Coordinate the Inspection Program
  • Administer the Preventative and Predictive Maintenance program and review on a regular basis, the quality of inspection checklists and their frequency
  • Coordinate and participate in vibration analysis activities, oil analysis, non-destructive testing, ultrasonic activities, infrared activities and all other advanced detection activities as required
  • Conduct personal special equipment inspections on mill liners, gears, drives and the clinker cooler including critical welds using dye penetrate and magnetic particle techniques
  • Supervise oil management program to ensure that all lubrication efforts including sampling, is completed in a timely manner and in accordance with plant requirements
  • Develop reliable and cost effective lubrication strategies aimed at maximizing equipment life and reliability
  • Ensure that environmentally friendly use, reuse and disposal of lubrication materials is performed
  • Record and analyze reports from all maintenance activities in an effort to ensure that all necessary repairs are planned and executed prior to deterioration of equipment and to maximize equipment reliability, make use of available resources and minimize costs.
  • Interface with Maintenance and Operations to schedule and prioritize inspections and repair work and identify any equipment problems, which may be impacting the process negatively.
  • Manage equipment history records in order to provide feed back on work orders, information for preventative and predictive maintenance activities, and to provide environmental compliance assurance documentation
  • Conduct studies as needed in order to increase equipment reliability while reducing maintenance costs, recommend modifications or replacements in order to increase reliability, and design out problems when reviewing proposed capital or major maintenance projects.
  • The Reliability Engineer may be asked to provide relief coverage for other members of the maintenance or production department and be on-call to cover mechanical problems which occur evenings and weekends

Specific Accountabilities

  • Provide leadership to the organization in the implementation of maintenance tools, systems and organization.
  • Develop and maintain a set of maintenance standards to be used as a guide by the plant; notify plants of possible maintenance problems, which should be addressed, on a regular basis.
  • Provide leadership to the organization in the research of the fundamentals behind reliability.
  • Interface with vendors and consultants on proposals for maintenance systems.
  • Be the champion of total quality/total reliability.
  • Ensure that vendors supply necessary insurance certification prior to coming on sight to perform work under his supervision.


  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in Science or Engineering or possess comparable cement manufacturing experience in a related industry.
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience in engineering and maintenance of mining, refining, processing, heavy manufacturing, or related equipment and facilities in a professional role.
  • Experience in cement industry is strongly desired.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team to ensure continuous improvement in their functional area as well as the overall plant operations.

Physical Demands:

The Physical demands described herein 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 must be able to travel through a cement plant, i.e., walk over obstacles, climb stairs and ladders, lift heavy or awkward parts, wear personal protective equipment (hardhat, safety glasses, fall protection, etc.).

The employee will at times be exposed to extremely hot/cold, dusty, noisy, or dark situations. At times, work will be performed at great heights or in small confined spaces.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee will frequently be required to walk on rocky, irregular surfaces that may be muddy and in reduced lighting conditions. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

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.

The plant is comprised of 3 main facilities spread over 1100 acres. The plant operates two cement kiln, vertical grinding mills, multiple ball mills, crushers, conveyors, bucket elevators, shredders, and dozens of pumps and associated auxiliary equipment. The plant mines limestone and produces around a million tons of cement annually. The environment is that of mining and heavy industrial, including a large portion of the plant that is outside. The plant operates 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles, confined space, outside weather conditions, low lighting, artificial lighting, and explosives. The employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, proximity to electrical equipment, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and occasionally loud.

Posted On: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Compensation: $80K-$95K +$8K bonus DOE

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