Apr 18, 2023

Reliability Engineer

  • Sappi
  • Mill Cloquet, MN
Full-time Engineer - Reliability

Job Description

Reliability Engineer

Mill Cloquet, MN

Sappi North America is a division of Sappi Limited, a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in nine countries with sales offices in 50 countries. The Cloquet Mill, located on the banks of the St. Louis River, produces some of the highest quality heavyweight web and sheet fed products in the world.  The original mill opened in 1898 and has undergone a variety of changes and improvements over the years, most-recently (2013) to convert the pulp mill into a producer of Verve, a dissolving pulp used primarily for the textile markets. With the conversion, the pulp mill is now able to swing between dissolving wood pulp and Kraft pulp based on market needs.  With a focus on responsible and sustainable operations, the Cloquet Mill is focused on energy savings improvements which have led to local, state, and national environmental recognition.


As a key member of our Maintenance Department, the Reliability Engineer will manage predictive and preventative maintenance and reliability on mill assets through lubrication, IR, vibration monitoring, NDT, and inspection programs.  This role requires strong management and technical skills in the use and application of motor spectral and rotating equipment vibration analysis, as well as other non-destructive testing methods.  Analysis of this and other data is used in monitoring and predicting equipment failure as part of the reliability maintenance program.  The successful candidate will also be responsible for the development and implementation of reliability improvement projects across the site including the expanded use and leadership of the tools such as Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA), Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA), and maintenance work management best practices and key performance indicators (KPI’s).

Qualifications include:

  • BS in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with two years of professional experience.
  • Previous experience in vibration analysis and machinery lubrication preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership in implementing latest technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams in a matrixed organization with other departments such as operations, engineering and procurement preferred.
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and work with all levels of management and hourly personnel.
  • Must be a self-starter and require only general direction.
  • Must demonstrate strong mechanical aptitude to be able to relate data analysis to physical components.
  • Must have good computer skills and be familiar with various software programs.


We offer a competitive salary along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, 401k, Pension and Paid Vacation. For immediate consideration, please apply online at:




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