EP Minerals, LLC Maintenance Reliability Engineer in Reno, Nevada

EP Minerals, a U.S. Silica company, mines, processes and markets quality diatomite, perlite and clay products. We are one of the top producers and distributors of diatomaceous earth and Bentonite clay worldwide. Our products are used as filter aids, absorbents, functional additives and soil amendments. EP Minerals products are used in a wide array of applications including food & beverage, swimming pool, biofuel, landscape, sports turf, insecticides, energy, paints, plastics, automotive, and many others. EP Minerals also produces patented water purification media and arsenic removal products. Our business is global and we ship direct to nearly 100 countries worldwide. Our substantial ore reserves, multiple manufacturing sites, rich new product pipeline and global distribution network position us for continuous growth well into the future.

The primary role of the Maintenance & Reliability Engineer is to identify and manage risks to asset reliability which could adversely affect plant or business operations. This individual shall work with the director and others to develop solutions, plans, and processes to address any deficiencies and / or take advantage of any opportunities to fully optimize safety, financial performance, and production output.

This position will play an integral role in driving maintenance excellence at all EP Minerals sites. They will provide ongoing technical expertise to operating plants for the identification of opportunities to increase the reliability of all production and structural assets. This position will focus on improving site and corporate maintenance processes including planning and scheduling, predictive/preventative/precision activities, lean/six sigma/5S, and inventory management.

As with any position within the company, this role embraces a strong commitment to safety as a core value and ensures compliance with all applicable Federal/State Regulations and EP Minerals Health/Safety/Environmental practices and procedures.

Job Functions:

  • Develop, lead, implement, and track programs/systems/processes and equipment upgrades that improve equipment reliability/OEE (e.g. preventive and predictive maintenance systems, precision maintenance techniques, detailed work plans and schedules, material recommendations, troubleshooting guides, repair plans, tracking spare parts, RCA etc.)

  • Continuously review and improve preventive maintenance task lists and processes. Perform failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) or similar failure mode analysis to develop appropriate equipment maintenance plans/strategies that include equipment checks, and preventive & predictive Maintenance.

  • Study breakdowns and failures. Perform Root Cause Failure Analysis based on standardized trigger points, then implement corrective actions and improvement plans resulting from the RCFA’s

  • Champion world class Maintenance Reliability Programs that include lubrication, vibration analysis, oil analysis, alignment, balancing, etc.

  • Manage small to large projects as needed to meet and improve equipment safety, regulatory compliance, reliability, performance, and maintenance costs, to achieve desired product quality and production rates.

  • Review inspection reports and analyze data to determine effectiveness, quality of inspection and appropriate inspection intervals.

  • Conduct field analysis of operations, investigations, evaluation and reviews and provide feedback to appropriate functional groups including executive staff.

  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering preferred, or equivalent years of demonstrated knowledge in a maintenance environment is required.

  • Certified Maintenance & Reliability (CMRP) Certification Preferred

  • Lean / Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leader Certification Preferred


  • 3+ years of supervisory experience in a manufacturing process environment

  • 5+ years of maintenance experience in a manufacturing environment.

  • 3+ years industrial maintenance experience with fans, material handling equipment (screw and belt conveyors / bucket elevators / airlocks / pneumatic conveying systems) 480-volt electrical distribution


  • Ability to comply with all corporate policies and the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)

  • Ability to measure performance against company standardized KPIs and provide assessments, reports, graphs and other analysis of maintenance performance on a routine basis.

  • Knowledge of mechanical design, machine design and manufacturing systems – ability to understand mechanical concepts and processes easily.

  • Knowledge of electrical, electronic, and digital systems and concepts (motors, controls, instruments, power distribution, etc.)

  • Understand complex mathematical analysis, calculus, and other mathematics for design and troubleshooting.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, blue prints, schematics, wiring diagrams, process flow, P&IDs, and one-line diagrams

  • Experience with precision maintenance techniques and their practical application

  • Experience with CMMS systems computer skills (entering work hours, work orders, parts usage, etc.)

  • Understanding of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Metrics

  • Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCA) and Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)

  • Basic understanding of principles related to reliability centered maintenance (RCM) and 5S

  • Basic understanding of principles related to lean / six sigma

  • Familiar with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

  • Work with a high degree of autonomy in a dynamic environment


  • Knowledge of industry recognized and generally accepted engineering practices, as well as codes and applicable standards.

  • ISO and related standards

  • Cost/capital analysis and justification

  • Work as part of a team to develop systems, fix problems and create solution.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely in written and verbal form.

  • Able to work effectively with supervisors and other personnel

  • Speak effectively to suppliers, contractors, and employees

  • Write routine reports and correspondence

  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization and information exists

  • Ability to communicate plans, thoughts, and rational with all levels of the company.

  • Experience with IFS systems.

  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail

  • Strong technical and troubleshooting skills.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude

  • Strong attention to detail