Reliability Engineer

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Oct 25, 2019

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We believe in giving our employees a challenge they can rise to in an environment where they can build their career. We take pride in what we do and our employees have grown right along with us. If you are looking for a Company and colleagues that thrive on growth, challenge and opportunity – discover what you can achieve with West Fraser. Our Quesnel River Pulp division has an opportunity for a: 

Reliability Engineer

Reporting to the Engineering Superintendent, the Reliability Engineer improves mill operation through the investigation of failures and proposal of improvements, analysis of data and historical information to develop optimal maintenance strategies, provision of engineering expertise in support of precision maintenance tasks.

Key Responsibilities Include:

Failure Investigation and Analysis:

  • Review major failures of equipment or processes
  • Identify recurring problems or trends
  • Initiate and conduct root cause or other structured investigations
  • Utilize findings to propose changes or projects

Data Collection and Analysis:

  • Collect and analyze data from mill systems to inform decision making
  • Develop KPIs or metrics to track progress and identify new opportunities for improvement

Support Maintenance and Engineering Activities:

  • Troubleshoot mill equipment
  • Prepare specifications, quality control and inspection plans for projects and installations
  • Advise on equipment purchases
  • Calculate lifecycle cost of ownership
  • Develop operational and maintenance procedures and guidelines
  • Develop and train other resources through knowledge sharing and proposing training plans
  • Perform gap analysis on current procedures against best practices

Additional Activities:

  • Propose new projects or product trials
  • Develop strategic plans to improve mill operations
  • Maintain relationships with West Fraser peers, vendors, and training providers
  • Stay current on state of industry through training and participation on corporate-lead initiatives
  • Optimize maintenance and inventory practices
  • Propose changes to internal maintenance and operational processes
  • Manage small projects and supervise contractors

An ideal candidate will possess:

Core Values:

  • Aligned with West Fraser’s core values of Safety, Respect, Integrity, Competitiveness, Frugality, Humility, Teamwork, and Having Fun at work

Communication Skills:

  • Must be able to translate and communicate technical specifications, concepts or objectives to a variety of audiences
  • Presentation skills
  • Strong written communication skills are required for preparing reports and proposals

Technical Expertise and Experience:

  • Basic understanding of statistics
  • Experience working in industrial or production facilities
  • Ability to learn and understand pulp production process, effluent treatment process, and other facility systems
  • Problem solving, troubleshooting, and optimization skillset

Education and Training:

  • Completion of a mechanical or electrical engineering degree from an accredited university
  • Technologists with a diploma in mechanical or electrical engineering technology with relevant work experience will be considered
  • Microsoft Office suite with high-level proficiency in Excel
  • Experience using Maximo or other computerized maintenance management systems
  • Already obtained or willing to work towards Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) designation, Professional Engineer (P.Eng), Project Managing Professional (PMP), or other applicable designations

Located in central BC, Quesnel has a population of approximately 25,000 and features all major conveniences, including its own airport. Quesnel offers affordable housing, modern recreational and educational facilities, regular community events, as well as unlimited recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast. It doesn’t take long to feel part of Quesnel’s welcoming community. 

If this position sounds like the career for you, apply today in confidence by October 25, 2019, online through our website at

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.