Reliability Engineer/Specialist (Associate or Higher)

Job Summary

This role is targeting a variety of candidates who have interest in the Industrial Maintenance field of manufacturing, particularly Reliability of equipment. We are interested in speaking with candidates who may or may not have a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, but who have experience in an industrial maintenance work environment. This role will support the Plant Maintenance function with specific mechanical engineering skills, under the direction of the Maintenance Superintendent. This role supports cement plant Maintenance and Production departments with problem-solving and project execution in order to reduce time, improve the process, and lower operating costs by effectively applying Reliability methods and predictive/preventive maintenance programs. 


At CalPortland, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package that provides health and financial support to our most important resources: our employees. Your benefits are an important part of your overall compensation at CalPortland. That’s why we give you a wide range of benefits to choose from. All regular full-time employees may enroll in a variety of health and welfare plans including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include life insurance, disability coverage, an employee assistance program, and a retirement program. The company also has a variety of voluntary benefits for employees to choose from.


$60,000 - $90,000 annually DOE (higher consideration for mid-level career candidates)


  • Work closely with the Maintenance Planner, Maintenance Engineer, and Purchasing to ensure that all necessary inventories are established for spare parts and most common repair parts for critical equipment
  • Inspect and evaluate equipment and develops reliability centered maintenance programs
  • Work closely with Planner and Purchasing to establish and maintain effective Bill of Materials (BOM) process in conjunction with maintenance program
  • Troubleshoot problems in the plant by studying and determining root causes of failures
  • Prepare information to present root cause failure conclusions
  • Implement corrective/preventive actions ensuring optimal reliability
  • Identify, collect, analyze, and manage various types of data to minimize failures and improve performance, and use failure analysis and other types of root cause analysis in support of reliability
  • Establish and manage plant vibration and the lubrication and oil analysis programs for all systems
  • Establish and maintain preventative maintenance measures and documentation for all equipment
  • Maintain and modify, as needed, the plant engineering systems and library
  • Manage projects including but not limited to project safety, scope development, budget, tracking/controlling, coordinating with internal resources as well as outside vendors
  • Assist with departmental budget development, maintenance reporting, and capital expenditure requests
  • Manage, engage and utilize all levels of employees to assist in generating creative ways to drive continuous improvement and increased reliability
  • Foster a culture of reliability; develop and provide training to personnel so that they can support safety, equipment reliability, and process efficiency
  • Coordinate apprenticeship-training program for new maintenance employees
  • Coordinate training classes with vendors and equipment suppliers regarding plant equipment
  • Help facilitate a culture change throughout the maintenance department


  • High school diploma/GED required.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or Civil Engineering preferred
  • Reliability Engineer Certification preferred


  • Must be able to be available for out of office phone calls and be at the plant site 40+ hours per week.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation, process controls (PLC’s), motors, starters, and VFD’s
  • Knowledge of fluid systems (compressible and non-compressible), Vibration, Rotating equipment
  • Comprehensive computer software knowledge required including; Excel, Word, Project, AutoCAD, and PowerPoint
  • Project management skills
  • Knowledge of hazards associated with areas of responsibility 
  • Must understand and comply with Lockout/Tagout procedure and safety requirements
  • Ability to exercise independent decision-making and prioritize conflicting demands
  • Must be willing to work cooperatively with plant and corporate personnel
  • Strong communication, organizational, planning, and scheduling skills
  • Ability to teach on all levels (supervisory and hourly)
  • Physical requirements: Walk on all types of surfaces (uneven and/or slippery ground), climb stairs/ladders up to 200 ft. in elevation, climb on equipment to provide supervision, walk long distances, stoop, crawl under and into enclosed spaces
  • Drive automobile to various plant sites and work locations; must be able to travel overnight (air/auto)
  • Possess and maintain a valid class C driver’s license


  • Industrial plant experience
  • Working knowledge of SAP Production
  • Experience working with a union contract
  • Understanding of state labor laws related to wage and hour
  • Maintenance or Reliability Engineering experience preferred

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate must submit to post-offer pre-employment physical examination, drug/alcohol screen, and background check. Some positions require FMCSA regulated on-going drug and alcohol testing.




Victorville, CA, US, 92392

Job Req ID:  8004
Job Type:  Salaried

Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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