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Reliability Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  29063

Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


Solutia UK is a subsidiary of Eastman a global specialty chemical company employing 14000 people worldwide. Eastman produces a range of advanced materials, additives, specialty chemicals, and fibres that are found in products people use every day.


The Position


We currently have a vacancy for a Reliability Engineer at our Newport site. The successful candidate will report to the Maintenance Manager and support both Eastman and third-party operations. Will work closely with the Maintenance Engineers and Production teams.


The Person


Will hold a B.S. degree in either Mechanical or Electrical disciplines, with several years’ experience working in a similar environment. Experience in a Reliability function not essential but must be committed to developing all the skills required for the role. Demonstrate a positive attitude toward both personal and process safety. Experience of working with CMMS, ideally SAP.


Responsibilities and duties (to include Reliability section and Mechanical OR Electrical section):




Principal areas of Loss Elimination, Risk Management and Life Cycle Asset Management


Track production losses and abnormally high maintenance cost assets, then develop strategies to reduce those losses or high costs. Work as an integral part of plant improvement teams.

Manage risk to help achieve the sites strategic objectives in the areas of environmental health and safety, asset capability, quality and production.


Ensure reliability is factored into the design, installation or modification of assets. Work with respective Maintenance Engineers in implementing effective PM and spares strategies. Effective utilization of predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems.


Presentation of reports, analysis and plans for approval. Production of key performance indicators, including MTBF, MTTR and resource utilisation.


Familiarity with the following tools:


  • Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Reliability hazard analysis
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Root cause analysis
  • Criticality analysis
  • Testability analysis
  • Human error analysis
  • Preventative/Planned Maintenance Optimization (PMO)
  • Maintainability Information




Possess knowledge of relevant legislation, standards, guidance and procedures relating to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment or systems (Steam generation/distribution, air compressors, cooling towers, furnaces, reaction vessels, storage tanks, pumps, fans, gear boxes, agitators, turbines, rotary valves, pressure relieving devices, pipework,). Experience in condition monitoring techniques. Take active part in managing Ex inspection program.




Possess knowledge of relevant legislation, standards, guidance and procedures relating to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment or systems (Power Generation and Distribution, Substations, Transformers, Switchgear, Protection Relays, Electrical Switching, Motors and Motor Starters, UPS and Battery Charger Systems, Variable Frequency Drives/Soft Starters, Grounding Systems, Lighting, Cathodic Protection, Portable Electrical Equipment and LV Distribution Systems. etc.). Have achieved Senior Authorised Person status or be Authorised Person for switching and operations on HV network. Take active part in managing Ex inspection program.


What we offer


    • Contributory pension
    • Free private health care
    • Excellent working environment
    • On-site gymnasium
    • Competitive salary
    • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays


Eastman is  committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day