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Senior Mechanical Reliability Engineer

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Senior Mechanical Reliability Engineer

Richmond, VA, USA 
About AdvanSix AdvanSix plays a critical role in global supply chains, innovating and delivering essential products for our customers in a wide variety of end markets and applications that touch people’s lives, such as building and construction, fertilizers, plastics, solvents, packaging, paints, coatings, adhesives and electronics. Our reliable and sustainable supply of quality products emerges from the vertically integrated value chain of our three U.S.-based manufacturing facilities. AdvanSix strives to deliver best-in-class customer experiences and differentiated products in the industries of nylon solutions, chemical intermediates, and plant nutrients, guided by our core values of Safety, Integrity, Accountability and Respect. More information on AdvanSix can be found at
Advansix has an immediate opening at our Hopewell, Virginia facility for a Senior Mechanical Engineer in our Reliability Engineering group. This is a great position for someone who enjoys the challenge of making improvements and driving change. This position will work closely with field Maintenance Engineers, Project Engineers, operating area personnel and all levels of the Maintenance Organization to ensure the safe and profitable operation of the Hopewell Plant.

The 450 acre Hopewell Plant is the world's largest single site producer of caprolactam, producing millions of pounds of products per day. Products include caprolactam (monomer for the production of nylon-6), ammonium sulfate fertilizers, anhydrous ammonia, cyclohexanone, and various specialty chemicals. The Hopewell Plant consists of several chemical processing units operating a wide variety of production equipment. The site is located on the James River near the city of Richmond and is convenient to Virginia and North Carolina beaches, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley and the DC Metro area.


  • Engineering support for field API inspectors and NDE technicians in execution of mechanical integrity inspections of critical systems throughout the plant.
  • Provide root cause analysis of failed equipment and the mitigation steps for future inspections to eliminate the cause(s).
  • Maintain and look for ways to drive continuous improvement to the plant mechanical integrity inspection program(s).
  • Develop detailed repair/replacement recommendations based on inspection activities and ensure timely execution.
  • Work with maintenance execution and operations personnel to coordinate repair/replacement opportunities to minimize plant risk and maximize uptime through alignment with planned TAR events
  • Identify and utilize preferred equipment manufacturers, repair facilities and technical support consultants.
  • Develop and implement reliability and maintenance procedures for fixed equipment inspection and testing
  • Provide guidance on new inspection technology/methodology to drive consistency and repeatability into inspection program(s).
  • Responsible for developing Mechanical integrity inspection scope year over year and coordination of inspection needs with operations personnel
  • Provide assistance with equipment performance troubleshooting as required.
  • Functional Owner of the fixed equipment elements of the Inspection, Testing and Preventive Maintenance standards for OSHA 1910.119 Mechanical Integrity element of Process Safety Management
  • Support new equipment design and installation and existing equipment upgrades by ensuring design-for-maintainability and reliability are incorporated into projects.
  • Develop and implement Reliability Control Plans for fixed equipment to drive long-term improvements in operational, safety and environmental performance.
  • Participate in and lead root cause analysis efforts for significant safety or rate impacting rotating equipment related failures.
  • Advise, review and approve temporary repairs and modifications to equipment - piping repairs, on stream (hot) tapping, etc.
  • Perform safety and work quality audits of hourly employees executing maintenance activities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • 5 years chemical/petrochemical plant reliability and maintenance engineering experience

Additional Qualifications:

  • 10 years chemical/petrochemical plant reliability and maintenance engineering experience preferred
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certified preferred
  • API 570/510/653 certification preferred
  • National Board AI or IC commission preferred
  • A working knowledge of API standards that pertain to process plant equipment preferred
  • A working knowledge of equipment design, selection, repairs and performance assessment preferred
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills preferred
  • Well rounded field experience applying maintenance engineering principals to mechanical repairs on process equipment preferred
  • Excellent organizational, planning and verbal/written communication skills preferred
  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented individual with proven success working independently and in a multi-functional team environment preferred
  • Familiarity interpreting and applying national codes and standards governing the design and maintenance of pressure vessels, boilers, relief devices, tanks and piping (NBIC, ASME, API, ANSI) preferred
  • Experience inspecting and designing repairs for stationary equipment (pressure vessels, atmospheric storage tanks, piping) preferred
  • Practical experience facilitating Root Cause Failure Analysis and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis utilizing a selection of industry standard tools preferred
  • Knowledge of engineering materials chemical compatibility and application as it relates to plant equipment reliability preferred
  • Experience leading cross functional, technically oriented teams preferred
  • Hands-on experience using SAP work management system preferred
  • Experience with maintenance work execution/supervision in a unionized environment preferred
  • Proficient use of MS Office Suite of software products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) preferred

AdvanSix is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, religion, veteran status, or any other protected classification.  AdvanSix Inc. requires all new hires to demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated for Covid 19 prior to beginning employment, subject to any legally required accommodation.  In accordance with the law, AdvanSix Inc will consider accommodation requests for an exemption due to medical conditions, including pregnancy, or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination.

To all agencies: Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of AdvanSix about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at AdvanSix via-email, the internet or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of AdvanSix, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by AdvanSix for this position and a valid agreement with AdvanSix is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the AdvanSix agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60406210
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia, United States
  • Company Name: AdvanSix
  • Position Title: Senior Mechanical Reliability Engineer
  • Industry: Chemical
  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Degree Required: Bachelors
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years

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