O-I Plant Reliability Engineer - Electrical in Auburn, New York

Plant Reliability Engineer - Electrical

  • Job ID #:5576

  • Functional Area:Engineering

  • Position Type:Full-Time Regular

  • Relocation Provided:Yes

  • Location:Auburn, NY

  • Department:Operations/Manufacturing

  • Education Required:Bachelors Degree

  • Experience Required:1 - 3 Years

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Position Description:


Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. The Company had revenues of $6.9 billion in 2017 and employs more than 26,500 people at 78 plants in 23 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace.

We are currently seeking a Reliability Engineer - Electrical, to join our team at our Auburn, NY facility.


This position manages capital and expense projects, including Project Spend Request (PSR) preparation, project management and implementation and is responsible for compliance with appropriate statutory requirements. Designs and implements reliability improvement and total system cost projects.

A particular emphasis of this role is to lead the development and implementation of a reliability strategy that enhances production capability. Closes the gaps found in the Manufacturing Fundamental audits which may require creation of SOP’s, PM’s, and training of employees.


  • Continually promote and lead a safety culture through facilitation and involvement in line initiatives. These include, but are not limited to, operating procedures, hazard identification/risk assessment, and accident investigation.

  • Maximize line reliability by actively engaging Unit Plant Managers (UPM) through the Unit Plant representatives (UPR) to drive maintenance improvements and the Plant Preventative Maintenance and Predictive Maintenance Programs.

  • Ensure timely completion of capital/expensed improvement projects.

  • Assist with Total Systems Cost (TSC) project development, determine cost justification and implement improvement ideas.

  • Ensure the effective utilization of Electrical and Mechanical resources to meet plant requirements to eliminate unplanned down time and ensuring that costs are maintained within plan levels by using internal or external resources available.

  • Act as the project manager for assigned projects. Manage outside contractor resources as projects require.

  • Assist with the implementation of Manufacturing Fundamentals. Ensure the facility is in compliance with non-negotiables and develop a plan to close audit gaps.

  • Prepare Project Spend Request (PSR’s) in consultation with the end users, OI Technical Services and external resources as required. Submit OSR’s supporting the Plant’s Capital Plan as required. Update as built drawings and assist with fixed asset validation as part of project closeouts.

  • Ensure risk assessments on all new equipment or altered work methods are carried out with relevant plant stakeholders.

  • Work closely with the manufacturing team to ensure plant KPI’s are met.

  • Ensuring the development of a continuous improvement culture by identification, development and implementation of improvements by utilizing Root Cause Analysis and other Continuous Improvement tools.

  • Support successful operation of reliability strategies.

  • Management of capital improvement projects.

  • Resolution of personnel/motivation issues.

  • Control of capital project budget.


This position is responsible for managing the implementation of capital and improvement projects. Develop into the Subject Matter Expert for electrical, servo control and robotic systems and assist with uptime improvement initiatives.

Position Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or a technical/trade electrical controls certificate with significant engineering project management experience in a manufacturing Plant.

  • 1 – 3 years in a project engineering background.

  • Particular emphasis on project management or maintenance with resource planning skills in developing a reliability strategy.

  • Excellent resource and reliability planning abilities.

  • Achievement in delegating and holding people accountable/responsible.

  • Excellent facilitation skills.

  • Significant achievement in collaboratively developing teams in a manufacturing environment.


This position reports to the Unit Plant Manager.


There may be some travel associated with this position for training and/or project work.

Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis.


  • Opportunity for future growth and advancement

  • Generous, Award-winning 401(k) plan w/ employer contribution & match

  • Comprehensive benefits package

  • Relaxed and contemporary dress code

  • Education Assistance program

  • Adoption Assistance program

  • and much more…

O-I is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact O-I at hr.recruiters@o-i.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

O-I is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact O-I at corp.comm@o-i.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.