Mechanical Maintenance Engineer in Clewiston, FL at U.S. Sugar

Date Posted: 9/20/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Maintenance Engineer in this role is part of the Process Operation department. He/She provides proactive leadership, direction, single point accountability and technical expertise required to achieve and sustain optimum reliability, maintainability, and useful life for Sugar Manufacturing assets.

The primary role of the Mechanical Maintenance Engineer is to manage the department’s maintenance personnel and activities, to improve asset reliability through the elimination of repetitive failures, and to improve asset capacity through design and application reviews.

This position reports to the Area/Department Manager.

Roles and responsibilities include the following:

  • Responsible for maintenance services and maintenance personnel; act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all maintenance activities.
  • On a daily basis, follow the Work Management Process and overview the planned and emergency maintenance activities.
  • On a weekly basis, finalize the weekly schedule for maintenance activities together with the Maintenance Planner, the Maintenance Supervisor and the Process Supervisor.
  • Responsible for the annual CPO (Cold Plant Outage) works directly with the Maintenance Planner and the Maintenance Supervisor preparing and executing the plan.
  • Work on long term maintenance strategy of the Manufacturing Plant.
  • Assure the PM program is diligently implemented and that Predictive Maintenance technologies (oil analysis, vibration analysis, thermography, ultrasonic, electric motor testing, etc.) are correctly applied on sugar manufacturing asset.
  • Perform design and application reviews of Sugar Manufacturing Equipment to improve operation and reliability.
  • Perform studies on equipment failures and present solution(s) to management. Prepare diagrams, drawings, charts, calculations and reports for defining reliability problems and recommending solutions.
  • Run the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) process and drive the Failure Elimination Process to ensure significant and sustainable improvements.
  • Improve departmental culture through proactive failure prevention and system improvements; and as an integral team member encourage partnerships between production and maintenance.
  • In a hands-on manner, work closely with production to find and implement solutions to improve plant efficiency.
  • Provide investigative and problem solving services as well as technical support to operation, in the areas of mechanical engineering, maintenance and plant operation.
  • Collaborate with the Reliability Engineer in performing Root Cause Analysis on significant Reliability issues.
  • Suggest changes to equipment maintenance plans based on failure modes, historical data, reliability principles and best practices.
  • Facilitate Equipment Criticality strategy formulation and ranking sessions.
  • Manage Equipment Records and assures current data are loaded in SAP (PM module), and technical library: BOMs, Drawings, SOP’s, etc.
  • Drive the parts inventory optimization process.
  • Provide project management for Capital Projects; supervise the fabrication, installation and commissioning of new equipment.
  • Assist with annual and multiannual operating and capital budget preparation; and monitor maintenance costs.
  • The successful candidate will be required to live within a 30-minute radius from the factory in Clewiston.

Job Requirements


A Mechanical Engineering Degree from an accredited institution is required.  The preferred candidate will have 10 to 15 years of related experience in a heavy manufacturing environment, similar to ours – Sugar, Oil/Gas, Power Plant, Chemicals, Pulp/Paper, bulk food, etc.).  A Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) with a very hands-on approach will be preferred.


United States Sugar Corporation is one of the nation’s largest fully integrated producers of refined cane sugar, one of Florida’s major producers of orange juice products and a regional short line railroad operator.  Headquartered in Clewiston, Florida, the company farms more than 180,000 acres in Hendry, Glades, and Palm Beach counties and employs approximately 1,700 people including many high skilled/wage jobs in automated environments.

The Clewiston Sugar Manufacturing Facility has the capacity to grind up to 38,000 tons of sugar cane each day during harvest season.  We produce in excess of 850,000 tons of refined cane sugar a year, providing almost 9% of the nation’s sugar production.  It is the largest, most technologically advanced and fully integrated cane sugar manufacturing / refining facility in the world.  This exciting position will place you as an integral member of our motivated and dynamic management team and enable you to build on the successes already achieved.