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Reliability & Maintenance Engineer


Ankeny, Iowa
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Our Global Breeding Automation Engineering Team is a group of technologists passionate about creating the systems that fuel the farm of the future.  We are reimagining and rebuilding our entire suite of field and lab technologies for the world of digital ag, a world that is geospatial, that is automated, that is cognitive.  A world where every plant matters.  A world where machines, agronomists, breeders, scientists, and engineers work collaboratively to deliver products that revolutionize the experience of our customers.    
Now we’re looking for a Reliability & Maintenance Engineer to join our team who will transform how we support our custom-designed, automated R&D systems from a reactive repair model to a scalable, reliability-centered maintenance model.   By implementing the processes you develop to improve the reliability of our automated systems with the rest of the team, you will provide crucial insight and drive change as our systems evolve.   With your passion for digging into complex machinery and your knowledge of proven and effective preventive maintenance techniques, measures and remedies, you’ll tackle a variety of challenges with our small, innovative team. 
Individuals who will be successful in this role will thrive in a fast-paced, multifaceted R&D environment where collaboration is a must. You will be a technical leader with a natural curiosity, innovative vision, and drive to realize that vision. Your curiosity will empower you to become a system level expert, enabling you to understand business needs and question them when necessary.  Ultimately, the desire to see your vision succeed will be what motivates you to take the level of initiative and ownership necessary for the entire team’s success.  
  • Design, implement and train the team on new RCM processes and track our performance  
  • Develop and implement equipment asset plans using Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), FMEA, Risk Based Inspections (RBI) and other standard reliability techniques. 
  • Analyze equipment trends, historical data, and field data to recommend and justify improvements to obtain lowest life cycle cost on different classes of equipment. 
  • Compile and write training material and conduct training sessions on quality control and maintenance activities. 
  • Evaluate current designs and identify, develop, implement, and test modifications for reliability and maintenance improvements 
  • Collaborate with our highly skilled design team on turnover of projects to build reliability programs for new and existing equipment  
  • Lead Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) and develop cost-effective equipment/systems-corrective actions  
  • Lead reliability related incident investigations including prioritization of action items and follow-up on implementation. 
  • Ensure lessons learned, best practices, and action items from reliability incidents are communicated both internally to the site and externally to other sites and incorporated in the design of new projects and new technical specifications. 
  • Assist in the identification and set-up of spare parts stocking 
  • Provide periodic reports as assigned on problems and their solutions for distribution to team and management personnel. 
  • Respond with commitment and sensitivity toward satisfying the needs of internal and external customers. 
  • Actively promote a “reliability culture” and continuous improvement philosophy


Required Skills/Experience: 

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural/Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, or a related field  
  • Strong hands-on experience with automated instrumentation/equipment for laboratory, production, and/or agricultural field environments  
  • Knowledge/Experience with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Reliability-Centered Maintenance, and Root Cause Failure Analysis  
  • Proactive approach to equipment maintenance to anticipate issues and process bottlenecks  
  • Strong computer skills related to data capture, organization and analysis  
  • Strong foresight, planning, prioritization and organizational skills  
  • Passion for and experience with quickly identifying and troubleshooting problems in automation and control systems (mechanical, electrical, and software)  
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication  
  • Demonstrate objectivity and flexibility in approach and ideas  
  • Demonstrate a commitment to maintain a safe, clean and orderly work area. 
  • Ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams   

Preferred Skills/Experience: 

  • Specific experience developing and training others in reliability-centered maintenance procedures  
  • Familiarity with Six Sigma methodology  
  • Ability to occasionally work extended and off-shift hours during peak operational seasons