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Engineer, Mechanical Maintenance & Reliability


Bay City, TX, US, 77414

Req ID:  79260
Facility:  Matagorda Ops-Lyo
Department:  MTO-Reliability
Division:  Americas Manufacturing


Basic Function

The Mechanical Maintenance & Reliability Engineer position provides primarily rotating equipment mechanical maintenance and reliability engineering technical support for four Polymer production lines at the LyondellBasell Matagorda plant, located 15 miles south of Bay City, TX. This position will also provide some fixed equipment mechanical maintenance. The candidate will support production unit maintenance/reliability efforts and drive improvements in maintenance work processes, procedures, performance, and cost. 

Roles & Responsibilities

•    Troubleshoot issues with mechanical equipment (reciprocating compressors, pumps, gearboxes, blowers, polymer compounding equipment)
•    Assess performance / condition of machinery, bearings, seals, polymer equipment
•    Conduct investigations to determine root cause of equipment failures, complete and close findings as required
•    Active member of site area optimization teams which identify, prioritize, and resolve leveraging maintenance / reliability / production issues
•    Provide technical support to both operations and maintenance
•    Provide technical/engineering specifications for design of new and inspection/repair of exiting pieces of mechanical equipment
•    Provide support to establish adequate spare parts and recurring preventative maintenance tasks on equipment
•    Provide planning support for major machinery overhauls, specifying scope of required work and technical details to ensure successful execution
•    Provide technical support for plant expense and capital projects
•    Mentor engineers, specialists, and technicians and provide training in the area of mechanical equipment operation and repair
•    Support and participate in the site’s safety programs

Min. Qualifications

•    This position requires:  B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the refining/petrochemical industry (polymer industry experience preferred, but not required)
•    Must demonstrate a working knowledge of all applicable engineering codes/standards and their application
•    A thorough knowledge of operating processes, equipment, and materials, as well as critical analytical skills are needed to effectively evaluate equipment performance and problems
•    General knowledge of project management, reliability engineering and root cause analysis.  
•    Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with all levels of the organization
•    Strong interpersonal and leadership skills are critical for the resolution of issues associated with completing day to day activities and are key to the ability to relate complex concepts to a diverse workforce
•    Critical analytical skills are needed to effectively evaluate equipment performance and trouble-shoot equipment and process problems
•    Drive for results


Preferred Qualifications

•    While experience with both fixed and rotating equipment is preferred, job position is slanted towards rotating
•    Knowledge of machinery vibration analysis and lube oil analysis preferred





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LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


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