Reliability Engineer (on-site)

Reliability Engineer (on-site)

  • West Fraser
  • full time
  • Location: Maplesville, AL

About the company

West Fraser is one of the largest lumber and OSB manufacturers in the world with a focus on renewable, environmentally sustainable, and responsibly sourced products.

The Reliability Engineer is an integral part of our maintenance team.  This position is focused on improving the uptime of the plant and improving efficiency of the machinery and processes.  This position also helps drive new ideas, systems, operational excellence, and continuous improvement across the site.


  • Site wide responsibilities including sawmill, planer mill, dry kilns, site services and mobile equipment.
  • Analyze plant downtime, quality, safety, and financial data to identify areas of focus for the maintenance and operations teams:
    • Conduct and coordinate failure investigations, including analyzing failure mechanisms and implementing solutions to improve reliability, quality, safety, and financial performance.
    • Redesign machinery and / or processes to improve plant reliability and lower operating costs.
  • Direct supervision of the Reliability Technicians.
    • Implement best practices for lubrication, handling, application, and storage of lubricants along with the oil analysis program.
    • Direct oversight of the preventative and predictive maintenance programs which include vibration analysis, thermography, infrared, oil analysis, precision alignment and others to improve the mill’s reliability program.
    • Responsible for hydraulic and compressor programs
  • Champion the adoption of West Fraser’s Best Maintenance Practices per the resource library in WF’s internal intranet.
  • Utilize the mill’s computerized maintenance management system (Maximo) to manage all maintenance activities within the scope of this position.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of maintenance activities where required.
  • Identify other opportunities across the site to improve efficiency, lower cost, and reduce waste.
  • Coordinate and manage services from OEM representatives and other third parties to improve equipment reliability, life cycles, and costs.
  • Benchmark performance and best practices at other West Fraser facilities.
  • Communicate reliability activities and results to all departments including senior management.
  • Understand machinery functions in detail. A “hands-on” approach will be required to fully understand the failure mechanisms of machinery.
  • Project management.


  • Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical, or similar Engineering Degree is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Relevant experience with industrial manufacturing equipment and / or trades experience is an asset.

Open positions:

See all career opportunities at West Fraser here. Apply for the on-site Reliability Engineer position here.  



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