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Maintenance Engineer

Location: IA, IA
Date Posted: 05-04-2017
  • Job Summary:
The Maintenance Engineer provides engineering/technical expertise to the maintenance department and other plant departments as needed to maintain continuous plant operations and high efficiency. This position provides mechanical expertise to the maintenance department in solving problems relating to mechanical equipment, instrumentation, and the preventive maintenance program for routine, shutdown, and project activities. The Maintenance Engineer also serves as technical specialist concerning major rotating equipment and participates in planning to achieve group objectives.
Job Description:
1. Assists with the PSM Mechanical Integrity program for the Nitrogen Complex while maintaining the existing maintenance procedures and training that utilizes these procedures. Assists in monitoring the Mechanical Integrity documentation required to maintain the plant computerized maintenance management system.
2. Performs technical investigations/audits or independent research in equipment and material failures, documenting the results and making recommendations to resolve issues. Monitors the condition of critical equipment in the plant through the use of continious (Bently Nevada) and offline vibration monitoring equipment, oil analysis results, process data, temperatures, and ultrasonic surveys.  Conducts further aduits and information gathering as required.
3. Provides the technical expertise necessary to solve specific maintenance problems and to assist other departments requiring engineering knowledge.
4. Assists in the review of all new rotating and reciprocating equipment prior to purchase and recommends proper selections including spare parts lists.  Makes routine vibration analyses of all large rotating machines, keeps up-to-date records of vibration base line data, vibration trends and alignment data and recommends corrective action as required to maintain equipment integrity.
5. Serves as the mechanical acceptance specialist on newly installed plant equipment to assure proper installation and that the equipment will be mechanically reliable when accepted.
6. Designs Preventive Maintenance Programs for all critical items of machinery and equipment and lubrication programs for all plant machinery.  Responsible for the implementation of these programs, monitoring the effectiveness of the program, and making modifications as necessary.
7. Updates and maintains a Lubrication Manual containing lubricant specifications and lubricating instructions for all plant machinery.
8. Prepares and delivers to the Planner work orders relating to approved preventive maintenance programs, together with the related checklists, instruction sheets, and other material defining the work to be done, the frequency of execution and, where pertinent, the sequence of steps to be followed.
9. Performs analyses of pertinent management information reports and equipment histories for the purpose of identifying items of machinery and equipment with high maintenance costs or with lubrication problems and makes recommendations for corrective action.  Follows up to see that action is taken.
10. Assists the Maintenance Manager and Planner with pre-planning of all planned turnarounds, shutdowns, and special projects including timing, accumulation of job lists, ordering of parts and materials, sequencing of jobs around a critical path, sizing of work crews based on job estimation, and preparation of an overall schedule.  During the execution of these projects, monitors and advises the Maintenance Manager daily of the progress of the work.
11. Reviews annually the stock of spare parts carried by Stores and submits recommendations to the Maintenance Manager for approval to adjust the inventory.
12. Promotes the standardization throughout the plant of such widely used items as pumps, valves, instruments, etc., to simplify maintenance work, standardize work methods, reduce Stores inventory, and reduce manufacturing cost.
13. Communicates with production management on problems relating to mechanical failures and offers suggestions.  
14. Reviews and assists in the selection of outside contractors, executes negotiation of contracts and evaluates contract performance.
15. Directs the maintenance of the maintenance department technical files on equipment, vendor products library and industrial codes (ASME, ANSI, State).
Successful incumbents will have:
  1. Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering preferably mechanical engineering with a minimum of 3 years of industrial maintenance experience is preferred.
2. Experience in a plant environment is preferred.
3. Understanding of plant process and equipment used in the manufacture of anhydrous ammonia and urea fertilizers is desired.
4. Specific knowledge-background in rotating and reciprocating equipment; vibration analyses; fluids  product handling; electrical systems; regulatory design codes (pressure vessels, piping codes, building codes); OSHA regulations; manpower coordination.
5. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
6. Proficient in basic computer software such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint Excel and Project; Avantis [or other similar work management information systems (WMIS)] and AutoCAD
7. Knowledge of industrial codes (ASME, ANSI, State).

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