Reliability Engineer in Clewiston, FL at U.S. Sugar

Date Posted: 9/20/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description


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 750,000 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 in our Reliability Excellence program over the past ten years.

Job Requirements


The Reliability Engineer (RE) in this role is an advisor to the production departments.  The RE 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 RE is to improve asset/capacity reliability through the elimination of repetitive failures, technical support of the maintenance function and the management of appropriate Preventive and Predictive Maintenance processes.  Roles and responsibilities include the following:

  • Act as a site Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all Reliability activities; and as a change process facilitator.
  • Perform Pareto analysis on uptime/production losses; monitor and evaluate asset bad actor lists from OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) reports.
  • Perform Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) following the company process.
  • Provide Loss Elimination plans from RCA’s, ensure the plan’s approval and facilitate its implementation.
  • As an integral team member and in a hands-on manner, work closely with client departments to find, progress and implement solutions to improve equipment 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.
  • Manage reliability data, work order failure code analysis, maintenance of the asset hierarchy, Bills of Materials, technical library, etc.
  • Develop and implement changes to equipment maintenance plans based on failure modes, historical data, reliability principles and best practices.
  • Advise, provide training in and implement SAP PM Module (CMMS).
  • Manage the results of Condition Monitoring Functions: manage and optimize Preventive and Predictive Maintenance Programs including systematically defining, developing, monitoring and refining the preventive/predictive maintenance process in pursuit of optimization.
  • Ensure that Predictive Maintenance technologies (e.g., oil analysis, vibration analysis, thermography, ultrasonic, electric motor testing, etc.) are correctly applied on sugar manufacturing assets.
  • Facilitate Equipment Criticality strategy formulation and ranking sessions.
  • Conduct FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis).
  • Own the Mechanical Integrity program: develop inspection plans, manage specialized contractors that perform NTD testing, plan and coordinate the inspections with the different departments of the manufacturing plant.
    • Analyze the inspection reports, provide recommendations and technical expertise to the different production areas.          
    • Develop repair plans for found deficiencies and work with the department maintenance and engineering teams to implement / identify solutions.
    • Oversee the repair plan activities coordinating the efforts with the department teams.
    • Establish corrosion rates and other condition monitoring indicators based on inspection history and follow up on any activity and actions in order to ensure the success of the Mechanical Integrity Program (M.I.).
    • Own and implement the dedicated M.I. software in order to maintain service documentation and other records to establish asset history. As an integral team member and in a hands-on manner, work closely with client departments to find, progress and implement solutions to improve equipment reliability.
  • Actively work toward the elimination/minimization of production losses associated with unplanned M.I. issues and of unplanned maintenance and capital expenditures.
  • The successful candidate will be required to live within a 30-minute radius from the factory in Clewiston.


A Mechanical Engineering Degree from an accredited institution is required.  The preferred candidate will have 10 to 20 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) or Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) with a very hands-on approach will be preferred.