Refinery - Sr. Fixed Equipment Reliability Engineer

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Senior Fixed Equipment Reliability Engineer Department

Experienced Fixed Equipment Reliability engineer to develop and support a developing reliability system. Position is responsible for daily support activities for the refinery asset, as well as developing philosophies, work processes, and special emphasis programs. Responsible for monitoring and measuring reliability KPI’s and developing action plans to mitigate risk. Assists in developing long-term plans for Reliability improvement.

1. Conducts fixed equipment reliability engineering analysis by using available monitoring programs results to track failures, predicts equipment life and generate recommendations. Conducts and/or leads Fitness-for-Service (FFS) analysis. Utilizes reliability tools/methodologies for forecasting failures.
2. Communicates complex multi-year risks and associated programs to address issues. Assists in addressing business concerns. Analyzes and communicates risk mitigation options to management.
3. Provides point-of contact for development of fixed equipment reliability policies and procedures.
4. Provides engineering support for maintenance strategies implementation. Participates in FMEA/RCM/RBI (failure model effects analysis/reliability-centered maintenance/risk based inspection) reviews. Performs criticality analysis for identifying critical equipment and supports identification of critical spare parts.
5. Actively participates in industry reliability networks. Advocates and fosters use of methodologies. Shares lesson learned from their site. Gathers and analyzes maintenance and reliability data to identify performance drivers. Calculates and reports key performance indicators.
6. Provides failure analysis support. Calculates mean time between failures (MTBF) for all equipment in assigned area and uses findings to identify trends and causes and predicted equipment failures. Identifies actions for improving MTBF under cost-benefit analysis.
7. Tracks failures in assigned area and identifies bad actors according to established criteria. Develops mitigation plan and tracks recommendation until completion. Stewards “bad actors” program to ensure lessons learned are applied to similar equipment throughout facility.
8. Provides technical support on all phases of projects and machinery turnarounds from work scope definition, through planning, execution, and documentation. Provides technical input into reliability, availability and maintainability reviews to ensure reliability and maintainability are included in the project scope, and ensure that maintenance strategies for new equipment are included in the project scope.
9. Supports process safety management (PSM) programs. Provides engineering input into PSM reviews. Develops inspection criteria and monitors mechanical integrity activities for PSM compliance. Supports management of change (MOC) process.
10. Provides reliability, availability and maintainability throughout project lifecycle to estimate asset’s production availability, evaluate asset capabilities and develop design strategies to reduce risks.


 Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering required EXPERIENCE
 Minimum 10 or more years reliability engineering in refining or power generation industry required

 Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) - Maximo preferred
 Risk Assessment
 Root Cause Failure Analysis
 Fitness-for Service Analysis
 Asset Criticality Assessment Asset Performance Management – Meridium preferred
 Predictive Maintenance Strategies
 Reliability Analysis
 Reliability Modeling
Chris Westerlund
Senior Managing Partner

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