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Reliability Engineer

Job ID 8082680 Date posted 05/12/2018
Location:Forbes, MN
Country:United States
Job Code:2718
Position Type:Salary

About Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. Additionally, we operate an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia. By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency. For more information, visit

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ROLE PURPOSE:Use condition monitoring tools and analysis to provide timely and accurate work identification to improve the reliability of the assigned department’s equipment.

Understand the elements of the Cliffs’ Maintenance Process/Operations Standards (MPS) and the General Repair Improvement Process (GRIP); execute work in accordance with these standards and guidelines.

  1. Identify Operations/Maintenance issues that may affect the department and either assign actions to correct these issues or elevate to SM.
  2. Monitor and improve the predictive and preventative maintenance programs in the department. Develop or improve routes and intervals, coordinate with vendor or internal technicians, adjust as needed based on pareto analysis, initiate work orders as needed to plan and schedule repairs.
  3. Analyze repetitive failures and improve the maintenance design to reduce or eliminate failures.
  4. Conduct FMEA and design maintenance programs for new equipment
  5. Ensure that all critical equipment has a preventive maintenance (PM) checklist and that the work packages are current. Work with maintenance planners to review and adjust PM checklists, optimize intervals and content to improve the preventive maintenance processes to eliminate unscheduled equipment downtime.
  6. Facilitate RCA investigations as directed by section manager. Gather group of subject matter experts, and walk them through a process to determine the root cause of a failure.
  7. Provide information to the weekly planning meeting to assist planners and schedulers to help prioritize maintenance work based on reliability data.
  8. Perform comprehensive analysis on lubrication and vibration data and report out on significant findings to operations and maintenance leadership.
  9. Conduct parts investigation on reliability findings after change out to look for opportunities to improve the PDM programs.
  10. Monitor and improve the Delays Tracking System to allow for detailed pareto analysis and accurate analysis of unscheduled equipment downtime and component failure. Develop reports to identify and communicate improvement opportunities.
  11. Analyze data from the DAS and communicate opportunities to section leadership. Identify opportunities for improvement and areas for further investigation. Communicate those opportunities.
  12. Provide technical assistance to maintenance and operating departments as requested. This may include troubleshooting potential issue raised by operations or maintenance. Use reliability tools to assess the situation and communicate results to the department for action.
  13. Oversee the sampling program and data analysis of the lubrication program. Setup sampling intervals, prepare and ship samples to the lab, and review results as they come in from the lab. Write work orders on findings from the lab analysis



  1. A four year degree (technical preferred), or equivalent relevant work experience with the commitment to obtaining a degree.
  2. 5-7 years of related heavy industry experience.
  3. Experience/knowledge in mining and mine engineering processes and systems.
  4. Experience/knowledge in maintenance and reliability processes and systems.
  5. Knowledge of continuous improvement methods, including the Theory of Constraints.

Technical Skills:

  1. Demonstrated writing skills.
  2. Demonstrated professional presentation skills.
  3. Proficiency in Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (Work Order, Standard Jobs, APL’s, Equipment Register, and Scheduling modules).
  4. Ability to demonstrate how a particular task is to be done and, if necessary, coach while it is being done.
  5. Proven success in developing complex budgets
  6. Demonstrated effective decision making consistent with the budget in the day-to-day management of the Area.
  7. Proficiency in project management tools and methodologies.
  8. Proficiency in computer skills in MS Office (MS Word, Excel, Project, Power Point).

Social Process Skills:

  1. Demonstrated ability to effectively influence people in levels below, peer, and above for effective short-term and long-term results.
  2. Ability to create an Area culture that establishes positive behavioral principles on how people should treat one another.
  3. Professional language used appropriately on and off the job.
  4. Demonstrates and fosters the challenging of the status quo.
  5. Conveys an understanding and a sense of value for the quality of work done by direct reports and its relevant purpose to the organization to provide people in those roles with a rationale for their work.
  6. Influences others to achieve organization goals through the creation of a local environment where individuals and teams are motivated and able to thrive.
  7. Demonstrates and rewards behaviors consistent with the core values of Cliffs .


  1. Has shown that they recognize and value the contribution this role, as designed, provides to the performance of the site.
  2. Takes an energetic approach to both on-the-job and off-the-job activities and community involvement.
  3. Demonstrates through example the ability to professionally push boundaries, establish stretch goals and "put oneself on the line."

Mental Processing Requirements:

  1. Ability to construct, implement, fine-tune, and optimize systems and practices to provide stability and change over time (0 - 2 years).
  2. Ability to respond to the requirements of particular situations, cases, or people in such a way that both the underlying issues/complexities are dealt with and the normal flow of work is restored.
  3. Ability to provide framework for projects that may take up to 18 months to complete and evaluate.
  4. Demonstrates the understanding of the changing needs of internal and external customers, work teams, and situations and can make adjustments for unforeseen events through the use of individual and physical resources within their authority.
  5. Ability to perform analysis from actual data and trends, and provide recommended solutions including contingencies and alternatives


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