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Power Reliability Engineer


International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global leader in packaging and paper with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging along with uncoated papers and pulp. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 58,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2014 were $24 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit


The Pensacola Mill is currently seeking a Reliability Engineer for our Power Business Unit.


Position Scope:

The Reliability Engineer is a technical resource within the Power Business Unit in a fully integrated pulp and paper mill.  The Reliability Engineer is responsible for improving the reliability of our equipment and processes with a primary goal of eliminating unscheduled downtime.  This position eliminates production limiting failures from our processes and increases the life of our assets.   Reliability engineering is the enhancement of traditional maintenance engineering with a portion of process engineering to eliminate equipment and system failures.  This specific position is for a mechanical reliability engineer, Power, a position that has responsibility for the 2 chemical recovery boilers, 3 power boilers, 2 turbine generators, plant utilities (compressed air, mill and boiler water, etc.) , a lime kiln/causticizing plant and a crude tall oil plant.  The position reports to the Reliability Engineering Manager.


Position Responsibilities:

The Reliability Engineer will work closely with a variety of different areas throughout the mill including operations, maintenance, technical, and management.

  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results
  • Support the Power Business Unit’s efforts to achieve consistent reliability results
  • Develop and maintain asset criticalities, equipment care strategies, and maintenance policies for all equipment with emphasis on critical equipment
  • Perform root cause failure analysis on reliability incidents to identify and correct physical, human, and latent root causes especially for chronic reliability problems
  • Identify and implement capital solutions to reliability opportunities
  • Coordinate within Maintenance, the Power Business Unit, and other business units to optimize reliability to meet the needs of the department and the mill (e.g. upset conditions and outages)
  • Identify and implement reliability best practices from across the mill, business, and company Seek out and implement best practices using teams, databases, vendors, and other technical resources
  • Work within manufacturing work systems (MWS) process to analyze work notifications to ensure the right jobs are worked at the right time and assist with the planning of complex work orders to achieve reliability targets
  • Review bid proposals and planned work spending to ensure maximum value is achieved
  • Lead mill PV&T process and serve as the mill subject matter expert
  • Lead annual outage activities for power boilers, recovery boilers and steam turbine generators
  • Serve as a contractor owner’s rep as required
  • Ensure a healthy and highly functioning basic care process is in place
  • Lead ongoing improvement efforts in reliability pacesetter elements
  • Support 5S program for the area and drive improvement projects, audit systems, and excellent results
  • Identify and implement cost reduction strategies that reduce the cost of ownership and increase reliability
  • Provide support for capital project development and implementation
  • Implement systems to improve/sustain results
  • Provide support for budgeting cycle targeted at delivering year over year savings
  • Fulfill weekend duty team leadership role for Maintenance or Power Business Units
  • Lead and sustain continual improvement on Manufacturing Excellence culture within Maintenance or Power Business Units
  • Serve as annual outage contract coordinator for major inspections and repairs.


Desired Skills:

Successful candidate should have the ability to:

  • Instill safety as a core value within the team and effectively communicate a shared vision for safety
  • Quickly develop thorough knowledge of mill equipment and systems
  • Utilize excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate to groups and individuals at all levels
  • Approach positional responsibilities in an inclusive manner by engaging all team members in area, department, and mill
  • Utilize the International Paper Change Process to drive change
  • Possess Manufacturing Excellence (ME) certification of white or green belt
  • Utilize strong organizational skills to handle multiple tasks effectively
  • Extensive knowledge of Power and Recovery boiler operation and repairs.


Required Experience:

Four (4) years post college experience with minimum two (2) years reliability experience is required.  Power and recovery boiler steam generation and power distribution experience is preferred.  Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or equivalent practical experience required.  Position level may vary between PL12 and PL15 based on experience.


Desired Competencies:

Action Oriented, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Organizing, Planning, Informing, Perseverance, Priority Setting, Problem Solving, Drive For Results, Time Management, Managing Through Systems, Written Communications, Customer Focus, Integrity & Trust, Interpersonal Savvy, Listening, Peer Relationships, Dealing with Ambiguity, Functional/Technical Skills, Learning on the Fly , Self Development, Technical Learning


"International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans"


Cantonment, FL, US, 32533

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Dec 2, 2022

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