Reliability Engineer

Sciences and Engineering

Date Posted: February 04, 2021

Job Location: Quesnel Plywood

Job Type: Coop

Start: Immediately

Company: West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.


Address: 2000 Plywood Rd, Quesnel Plywood, British Columbia, Canada V2J 3J5

Job Description

West Fraser is a leading diversified North American forest
products company. We are listed on the TSX and recognized for the
eighth time, as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of
Canada’s Best Employers for Recent Graduates. Are you interested in
working for a company that offers both a challenging work
environment and a rewarding career path?  We are a growing
company looking for talented people to be part of our team. West
Fraser’s Quesnel Plywood division has an opportunity for a:


Reporting to the Engineering Superintendent, as the Reliability
Engineer you will improve mill operation through the investigation
of failures and proposal of improvements, analysis of data and
historical information to develop optimal maintenance strategies,
provision of engineering expertise in support of precision
maintenance tasks.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Failure Investigation and Analysis:
    • Review major failures of equipment or processes
    • Identify recurring problems or trends
    • Initiate and conduct root cause or other structured
    • Utilize findings to propose changes or projects
  • Data Collection and Analysis:
    • Collect and analyze data from mill systems to inform decision
    • Develop KPIs or metrics to track progress and identify new
      opportunities for improvement
  • Support Maintenance and Engineering Activities:
    • Troubleshoot mill equipment
    • Prepare specifications, quality control and inspection plans
      for projects and installations
    • Advise on equipment purchases
    • Calculate lifecycle cost of ownership
    • Develop operational and maintenance procedures and
    • Develop and train other resources through knowledge sharing and
      proposing training plans
    • Perform gap analysis on current procedures against best
  • Additional Activities:
    • Propose new projects or product trials
    • Develop strategic plans to improve mill operations
    • Maintain relationships with West Fraser peers, vendors, and
      training providers
    • Stay current on state of industry through training and
      participation on corporate-lead initiatives
    • Optimize maintenance and inventory practices
    • Propose changes to internal maintenance and operational
    • Manage small projects and supervise contractors

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Core Values:
    • Aligned with West Fraser’s core values of Safety, Respect,
      Integrity, Competitiveness, Frugality, Humility, Teamwork, and
      Having Fun at work
  • Communication Skills:
    • Must be able to translate and communicate technical
      specifications, concepts or objectives to a variety of
    • Presentation skills
    • Strong written communication skills are required for preparing
      reports and proposals
  • Technical Expertise and Experience:
    • Basic understanding of statistics
    • Experience working in industrial or production facilities
    • Ability to learn and understand pulp production process,
      effluent treatment process, and other facility systems
    • Problem solving, troubleshooting, and optimization
  • Education and Training:
    • Completion of a Mechanical or Electrical Engineering Degree
      from an accredited university
    • Technologists with a Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical
      Engineering Technology with relevant work experience will be
    • Microsoft Office suite with high-level proficiency in
    • Experience using Maximo or other computerized maintenance
      management systems

Already obtained or willing to work towards Certified
Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) designation,
Professional Engineer (P.Eng), Project Managing Professional (PMP),
or other applicable designations.

Located in central BC, Quesnel has a population of approximately
25,000 and features all major conveniences, including its own
airport. Quesnel offers affordable housing, modern recreational and
educational facilities, regular community events, as well as
unlimited recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast. It
doesn’t take long to feel part of Quesnel’s welcoming

West Fraser believes strongly in promoting from within and we
are looking for an individual who is interested in a full-time,
long-term career. The successful candidate should be interested in
future growth opportunities within the company.

If this position sounds like the career for you, apply at
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For more information on West Fraser and other career
opportunities, visit our website at

We thank all candidates for their interest, only those
selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Conditions

  • Minimum experience: 0 to 1 year
  • Minimum educational level: Grade 12 or Equivalent
  • Language: English

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