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Southwire Reliability Engineer II in Heflin, Alabama

Reliability Engineer II

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Date: Jul 5, 2024

Location: Heflin, AL, US, 36264

Company: Southwire Company LLC

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. We are proud to offer competitive compensation, employee benefits, tuition reimbursement, and unlimited growth opportunities. Our nearly seven decades of progressive growth can be attributed to our determination to developing innovative systems and solutions, exercising environmental stewardship and enhancing the wellbeing of our communities. How will you power what’s possible?

Location: Heflin, AL

Southwire Job Description

Job Summary/Objective:

The Reliability Engineer champions the implementation of reliability best practices. This role will also evaluate new best-known methods and technologies to continuously improve equipment reliability.

Key aspects of this position include:

Working with various plant teams and areas to identify, evaluate, and implement reliability improvement opportunities through changes to operating and maintenance procedures, and equipment upgrades.

Analyzing equipment history to identify reliability improvement opportunities.

Deploying root cause analysis methods and tools on problems or failures that have resulted in consequential impacts related to machine downtime and / or maintenance expense.

Participating in new equipment selection and deployment processes to ensure reliability and maintainability principles are included in the design and implementation activities.

Supporting the Autonomous Maintenance process by contributing to the design and selection of operator inspections and tasks to sustain equipment condition and performance.

Promoting the following reliability strategies:

a) Planned corrective maintenance is more effective than reactive maintenance.

b) Time based preventive maintenance is more effective than plan corrective maintenance.

c) Condition based (predictive) maintenance is more effective than time based preventive maintenance.

d) Prevention of maintenance is the best comprehensive maintenance strategy.

Participating in audits to measure and validate progression and performance in the reliability journey.

Utilizing reliability centered maintenance (RCM) principles to optimize the equipment maintenance strategy.

Serving as a subject matter expert of the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and assist in end user training efforts to ensure master and transactional data integrity and accuracy.

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Serves as the facility RCA process champion and participates in failure analyses to identify corrective actions to eliminate failure modes or reduce the consequence of failure.

Interacts with reliability engineers at other plants to share findings from failure analyses along with solutions to problems identified.

Monitors equipment MTTR and MTBF performance to identify reliability improvement opportunities.

Examines defects and issues identified during PM and PdM activity and utilizes this information for PM optimization.

Participates in new and modified equipment design and installations.

Assists in spare part reviews to ensure adequate stocking levels as determined by consumption due to normal wear and failure frequency.

Identifies risks of obsolescence and proposes mitigation strategies.

Introduces tools and techniques in performing preventive and predictive maintenance activity and prescribes frequency of activity through CMMS maintenance plans.

Provides training and support of precision maintenance processes such as alignment and balancing.

Develops a world class lubrication program and monitors performance and execution.

Supports autonomous activities and provides skills training to operations team members.

Drives proactivity performance through supervision of planners and participation in scheduling activities with planners and coordinators.

Ensures CMMS users have been trained in system utilization, and audits activity to sustain system integrity.

Serves as a SAP PM subject matter expert for the plant

Education and Other Requirements

Education, Experience, and Skills :

Required - Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's​ in Engineering

Years of Experience: 5+​

Travel, Physical Requirements, Working Conditions, and Equipment

Travel: ​​Domestic​: % of Time: ​​Up to 25%​

Workplace Setting: ​​In Office / On Site (4+ days a week)​


Attracts Top Talent

Drives Results


Decision Quality

Financial Acumen

Communicates Effectively

Benefits We Offer:

  • 401k with Matching

  • Family and Individual Insurance Packages (Health, Life, Dental, and Vision)

  • Paid Time Off & Paid Holidays

  • Long & Short-Term Disability

  • Supplemental Insurance Plans

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employee Referral Program

  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs

  • Advancement & Professional Growth opportunities

  • Parental Leave

  • & More

Southwire is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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