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
- 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
- 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
- Exceptional written and verbal communications
- Exceptional business acumen and financial justification skills