Company Description

PQ is a leading global provider of silicates, silicas and derivative products. PQ’s products are used in a wide variety of industrial processes and many customer products, from decorative paints to green cement, from clean drinking water to green tires and from toothpaste to biofuels and beer.

Ideal candidates resonate with PQ’s Core Values of Integrity, Sustainability, People, Customer Focus and Safety.  Successful employees embrace and model these values in their behaviors and actions.

Job Description

Reliability Engineers are focused on developing/maintaining programs and systems which consistently shift the maintenance and operation of the site’s facilities to a more proactive, data-driven, and condition-based asset management approach. A balanced skill set for Reliability Engineers is encouraged with a mix of strong technical equipment knowledge to improve individual asset performance and more advanced statistical analysis of CMMS and equipment performance data to prioritize efforts. Reliability Engineers are expected to act as “Change Agents” in the unit that they are assigned to and are supported in this task by the Corporate R&M Leader.


Reports to Corporate Reliability and Maintenance Excellence Leader. Works with North America Plant Managers and Engineering resources to provide technical support to Production and Maintenance personnel, lead or participate in Root Cause Failure Analyses, and monitor KPI data for early identification and resolution of reliability issues.


  • Perform failure mode and effect analysis to develop appropriate equipment maintenance plans to include equipment checks and Preventive & Predictive Maintenance (PPM)
  • Perform PPM effectiveness assessment at appropriate timings
  • Assess & develop capability of mechanics on their role in reliability improvement
  • Define Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) trigger points & implement corrective and improvement plans resulting from the RCFAs
  • Perform & document equipment criticality analysis
  • Analyze data (failure, cost) using appropriate reliability analysis tools to develop & implement improvement plans
  • Lead reliability improvement teams and perform or arrange for physical failure analysis
  • Work with plant engineering, purchasing and plant’s stores organizations to develop & execute appropriate Design for Reliability principles for Capital projects
  • Assess effectiveness of QA practices
  • Work with plant’s inspector group to ensure appropriate inspection technologies are being used and assessing quality of inspection plans
  • Review inspection reports and analyze data to determine fitness for service, quality of inspection, appropriate inspection interval, etc.
  • • Use of Risk Based Inspection (RBI) methodologies to determine appropriate inspection methodologies and intervals.
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or other engineering degree with 5-10 years of functional chemical industry experience
  • Knowledge of mechanical equipment design and detailed understanding of maintenance and reliability activities associated with process equipment such as centrifugal pumps, piping systems, pressure vessels, (including heat exchangers), atmospheric storage tanks, positive displacement pumps, relief devices and compressors of various design
  • Knowledge of API; ASME and ISO industry standards for fixed and rotating equipment.
  • Capable of writing mechanical design packages for highly hazardous chemical processes.
  • Basic understanding of Reliability tools and techniques including:
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA)
  • Predictive techniques for fixed, rotating, power distribution equipment and instrumentation (vibration analysis, nondestructive testing, thermography)
  • Fixed equipment diagnostic technologies
  • Must have very good oral and written communication skills
  • Must have a demonstrated proficiency with personal computers and all basic software (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must have demonstrated team building and influence/negotiation skills
Additional Information

EHS Responsibilities

  • Communicates, promotes and personally demonstrates Safety/Health (including PQP Principles) as #1 priority
  • Participation in risk assessment audits as applicable
  • Understand PQ Principles (PQP) and how they are implemented in the site organization, rules and procedures
  • Completes HSE training requirements identified for the job in a timely manner



  • Travel up to 50%

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