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International Paper Reliability Engineer in VICKSBURG, Mississippi

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Position Description:

A Reliability Engineer’s responsibility is to eliminate unscheduled downtime and increase the life of our assets. At Vicksburg, reliability engineering combines traditional maintenance engineering with process engineering for a holistic approach to address downtime liabilities on a production system. Reliability Engineers focus on making sustainable improvements to critical manufacturing systems and have secondary departmental assignments. The Senior Reliability Engineer reports directly to the Mill Reliability Leader, and is a member of the Mill’s Maintenance and Engineering group. The position level for Senior Reliability Engineer can range between 13 and 15, commensurate with experience.

Position Requirements:

Reliability Engineers must be able to interact effectively with all the levels of the organization – from maintenance craftsmen and operators through mill and corporate management. They work closely with operating and maintenance leaders to eliminate chronic problems and to support high priority area objectives. Excellent communication skills are a necessity. Reliability engineering assignments have true impact on the performance of the mill and offer a challenging and rewarding career.

A Reliability Engineer will be accountable for:

  • Working safely in an industrial environment

  • Eliminating unscheduled maintenance downtime

  • Managing asset criticalities, equipment care strategies, and maintenance policies to ensure failure prevention

  • Resolving chronic problems using RCFA or other structured problem-solving techniques

  • Leading step change improvements in key focus areas critical to the mill’s success

  • Influencing maintenance activities to achieve reliability targets and increase asset life

  • Managing repair and capital projects that directly impact the reliability of electrical equipment throughout the mill

  • Improving Reliability systems and behaviors

  • Provide electrical technical assistance to maintenance

  • Arch Flash Mitigation

  • Electrical Power Distribution

  • Electrical Equipment Obsolescence Plans

  • Electrical Transformer Contingency Plan

  • Electrical Motor Maintenance and reliability


A bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering is preferred with 5+ years of experience in a maintenance/reliability function. Non-degreed candidates with significant experience in a related function will also be considered. Pulp/Paper mill experience is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications include the following experience and knowledge sets:

  • Arch flash mitigation projects

  • Electrical Motor Lubrication

  • Precision practices

  • Equipment care strategies

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Root Cause Failure Analysis

  • FMEA

  • Project Management

  • CMMS Systems (SAP is highly preferred)

  • Transformer Predictive Maintenance

  • Electrical Power Distribution


Action oriented, Functional/technical skills, Problem solving, Managing through systems, Priority Setting, Organizing, Oral and Written Communication Skills, Results Oriented, Managerial Courage, and Customer Focus

International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.

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