West Fraser - Reliability Technician

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West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips, and energy with over 60 facilities in Canada, the United States, and Europe. They are the largest lumber producer in North America, a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels, and the world’s largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB). The new facility in Allendale County will manufacture OSB.

Potential employment opportunities exist for:

Reliability Technician

The Reliability Technician is central to the reliability and engineering team.  The scope of this position is to increase the productivity and efficiency of the process by identifying and reducing reliability issues by conducting proper preventive maintenance (PM) on equipment, continuously improving the PM program, and evaluating equipment life plans. This team member will also utilize data gathering tools and analyze the results to assist with decision making and implementing improvements to increase reliability in order to improve the mill’s bottom-line profitability. 

Responsibilities include:
  • Responsible for all vibration readings and analysis to reduce the downtime associated with failures to process equipment thus improving the profitability of the mill.
    • Collect and analyze vibration data from equipment using company-provided vibration data collection instruments and software.
  • Responsible for the preventative maintenance program and execution of it.
    • Assist with determination of PM frequency
    • Conduct PM's based on the determined frequency
    • Report findings via company provided CMMS software system
    • Occasionally, make repairs based on the issues found during the PM inspections
    • Assist with the development of new PM's and enter them in CMMS
  • Responsible for the mill fire suppression program from water source to spray nozzle.
    • Assist with planning and design of new fire protection systems
    • Lead technician for troubleshooting and repair of the existing system
    • Coordinate inspection of fire extinguishers
    • Maintain fire protection valve houses, computerized monitoring systems, and backup fire protection equipment
  • Monitor and report on the hot work reporting program
    • Collect and enter completed hot work permits into the hot work database and review data for compliance
    • Report compliance findings to manager
  • Assist with CMMS training
  • Provide technical assistance to mill areas when required
    • Assist with equipment repairs/modification/installation when needed by management
    • Participate in on-call millwright/electrician when scheduled
  • Provide technical support to production, maintenance management, and technical personnel
  • Consistent, predictable attendance
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

  • Qualifications and skills include:
    • Eligible to legally work in the United States without employer sponsorship
    • High School or GED required
    • Demonstrated proficiency as a millwright or electrician
    • 4 or more years of relevant maintenance and/or reliability experience in fixed plan equipment
    • Experience in predictive maintenance tools and techniques (PdM)
    • Advanced computer skills including MS Office software
    • Strong knowledge of preventive maintenance programs and the tools associated with failure detection (i.e. vibration analysis, oil monitoring, thermography, NDT) as well as the software associated with them
    • Strong mechanical and electrical knowledge and aptitude
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Willing and able to work on an emergency call-in basis as required
    • Ability to work as part of a team and deliver value to the team
    • Willingness and ability to cross-train to learn new jobs and skills
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment (forest products industry preferred)

    Compensation package and benefits include:
    • Benefits starting Day 1
    • Competitive starting pay 
    • On-the-job training
    • A culture that strongly believes in promoting from within 
    • Medical 
    • Dental 
    • 401k with company match 
    • Life Insurance 
    • Disability Insurance 
    • Paid vacations and holidays 
    • Safety is one of West Fraser’s core values and our employees can expect a challenging, stable work environment with career development opportunities.

    Apply online at or your local SC Works office.

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    An Equal Opportunity Employer