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Reference ID R101114 Updated 03/02/2023 Employment Type Full time Experience level Experienced Professionals
Country United States Work Location (City) Deer Park

The Role

Position Purpose

What’s the role –

The Reliability Engineer (RE) provides leadership within Production Teams through long-term problem solving by identifying threats, assessing risk, and collecting and analyzing performance data to drive the Site to a more proactive and generative culture.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

  • Champions the threat prioritization work process Manage Threats and Opportunities (MTO) to assure:
    • Teams are identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating the appropriate threats,
    • Threats are created using an investigative approach through use of root cause analysis,
    • Trains new team members on the use of the threat prioritization work process, and
    • Regular risk assessment meetings are conducted.
  • GUS (Global Utilization System) focal point as assigned.  GUS focal point responsibilities include:
    • Collecting of the monthly unplanned and planned downtime
    • Reviewing the with stakeholders for accuracy on a monthly basis
    • Entry of data into the global system
    • Reporting of monthly performance to the site including Site Leadership and Production Teams.
    • Leader of the annual business planning process for their assigned Production Team.
  • Analyzes reliability performance data and provides as needed to site personnel for Project Forms, Asset Master Planning, risk assessments, etc.
  • Collects and analyzes reliability data, maintenance costs, and SAP data to identify trends and opportunities.
  • Actively uses the Reliability Engineering Principles and has the ability to discern appropriate application of:
    • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
    • Reliability Block Diagram (RBD)
    • Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)
    • Weibull Analysis
    • Crow-AMSAA Analysis
    • Pareto Analysis
  • Provides Engineering support to the Manage Equipment Care (MEC) team during the planning and scope development for upcoming turnarounds.  Support includes understanding the long-term business needs of the involved unit(s) to appropriately identify scope that will enable the unit(s) to successfully run over multiple T/A cycles.
  • Owns the Production Team Capital budgeting process including itemized projects in the Capital plan with budget estimates based on defined scope.  Manages spending forecasts and multi-year planning for Capital using the MTO database.  Must be capable of providing business cases based on risk for large capital projects that will require the execution from the projects organization.
  • Leads the weekly Reliability Focus and Finish meetings by interfacing with the Production Teams to determine new threats, drive continuous progress on existing threats, identify bad actors, and facilitate multi-disciplinary teams. The RE is expected to share specific metrics with the Production Team to evaluate performance.
  • Actively participates in informal meetings to help create clarity and ensure a reliability/causal mindset is included in the conversation as well as in the interim and long-term mitigations.
  • Responsible for facilitating and coordinating Reliability studies with Projects & Technology (P&T) and Safety, Environment, and Asset Management (SEAM).  These studies can vary in frequency based on Production Team and Turnaround (T/A) cycle throughout the tenure of the RE role.
  • Actively participate in the RCM work process, including RCM Living Program, and its role in developing optimized, long-term strategies for reliable Asset Management.
  • Facilitates learning for repeat failures and events.
  • Demonstrates productive advocacy and inquiry skills under substantial opposition.
  • Compliance with all mandatory training and process safety commitments.

Responsibilities (Results, Behaviors, Team Growth and Assurance)

  • Assures that all members of the Production Team are trained in and are actively using MTO to identify, assess, and prioritize threats.
  • Links the different facets of Reliability (MTO, Bad Actors, RCM, etc.) into one consistent strategy.  Ensures alignment and progress of this strategy within the Production Teams.
  • Champion for Causal Reasoning within the Production Team:
  • Lead and participate in Level 1, 2, or 3 Causal Investigations focused on Health, Safety, Environmental, and Reliability Incidents, including bad actors.  All REs will obtain Level 2 facilitation certification, with an expectation that each RE will participate in 1 to a maximum of 2 investigations per year.

  • Provide daily support and challenge to the Production Team to define problem statements and take a causal approach to determine the “why” behind the defined problem statements.  Test that defined mitigations/solutions address the root cause of the problem.
  • Actively participate in department and site level safety initiatives in an overall effort to achieve a goal of zero injuries, including weekly staff safety engagements, monthly staff safety meetings, field safety engagements, and Production Area safety walks.
  • In order to facilitate learning across the site, the RE participates in or leads a monthly Best Practices meeting with the intent to focus on consistency throughout the RE role group.  Examples include sharing risk assessment, reliability engineering principle examples, and causal learning (5CRQs) examples.

Networks & Team Membership:

  • Assigned Production Team: The RE must develop a working relationship with all members of the Production Team, including Operations, Maintenance, and Discipline Engineering support members.
  • Site Leadership Team: The RE will commonly interact with the Site Leadership Team to provide detailed information regarding business planning and Site reliability events (unplanned or planned downtime, Big Hits, etc.).

Key Challenges:

  • Influencing and enabling others to perform their work will allow for the RE to engage in high impact work.  Examples include having the Production Team members updating the MTO database on their own and maintaining ownership of their threats.
  • The RE must be able to prioritize a high workload within the production team and help prioritize and coordinate the production team’s worklist (i.e. FIM, MTO, etc.). This person must be able to work at all levels of the organization and have the appropriate skills to influence others.


No direct annual budget, however, influences project, Turnarounds, and expense budgets by helping the teams to understand risk and ensure that affordable and sustainable mitigations are implemented.

No direct subordinates: however, a more senior RE may have the opportunity to mentor a newer team member.

Responsible for development of competitive and affordable multi-year Capital Budgets of the assigned Production Teams.

Skills & Requirements

What we need from you –

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of related Manufacturing Industry experience, Petrochemical or Refinery experience preferred.
  • Related experience in reliability maintenance (including a sound understanding of Engineering and Maintenance processes).
  • Knowledge of the concepts of Risk Assessment, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Management of Change, and Causal Learning.
  • Strong trouble-shooting and analytical skills.
  • Experience with fact-based decision-making and root cause analysis.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interface with personnel from diverse backgrounds at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated skill of working with teams to achieve a common goal.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to balance short- and longer-term reliability initiatives.
  • Models proactive and effective problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Can diagnose and present complex topics in a simple and understandable way.
  • 100% compliance with mandated training (SOU), process safety (Process Safety Snapshots), and team tasks (Smart-M).
  • Leads and completes one Reliability Improvement Project per year.  Project must be:
    • Supported by data, not feelings
    • Well documented such that someone with no beginning knowledge can understand
    • Finalized with actions that will bring long-term improvement to Site-Wide Reliability performance.  Actions should have clear milestones, due dates, and owners agreed upon by Stakeholders.
  • Successfully vets projects and long-term initiatives by providing all necessary data to help the team make the best decision possible based on risk.
  • Enables others to effectively use Reliability driven work processes (MTO and RCM) through coaching and mentoring.  The Production Teams use of MTO and RCM will be evaluated.
  • Influences and is able to get work completed through others.

Company description 

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally, and socially responsible.  We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity, and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork, and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we’re nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

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