Kuraray America
  • 18-Sep-2018 to 21-Oct-2018 (CST)
  • Elastomers
  • Pasadena, TX, USA
  • Competitive
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Competitive 401K Match and Retirement Savings, Annual Incentive, Flex Work Schedule, Attractive healthcare benefits package, Educational Reimbursement Plan, and more!

Title: Maintenance & Reliability Engineer (Mechanical Engineer III)

Location: Houston, Texas


Who we are:

Voted one of the Nation's Best and Brightest Companies to Work for, Kuraray America, Inc. (KAI) is a global leader in specialty chemical, fiber and resin production. With top-of-the-line research and production facilities and a vast network of supply from around the world, Kuraray leads the industry in specialty dental, fiber, resin, and elastomer products. Kuraray America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Company, Ltd. Based in Tokyo, Japan.  Kuraray has operations in 28 countries and employees more than 10,000 employees, including over 750 in the United States.

Why Kuraray:

Kuraray is building a better tomorrow, today. Our team members are dedicated to expanding our business with committed professionals who share essential values such as integrity, excellence, teamwork and accountability.

As a part of Kuraray America, Inc., our team shares the advantages of working for the leader in specialty chemicals, resins and fibers. Our international presence and resources allow us to be a world-leading innovator in the industries we service. Yet, despite our size, our people are more than just a number. As a new team member you can expect to earn responsibility quickly.  Our commitment to our people is visible in our comprehensive benefits package.  As a Kuraray team member, you will have the opportunity to enjoy competitive salaries and benefits, incentive opportunities, and an excellent work environment. 

Position Summary:

The Maintenance & Reliability Engineer identifies and implements improvements of existing equipment and installation.  In consultation with Maintenance and Production leadership, helps ensure work schedules are aligned with business plan objectives.   Continuously improve equipment and system reliability using preventive and predictive maintenance systems, failure analysis and root cause analysis.  Expected to lead the Mechanical Integrity program (PSM) and TA planning efforts.


  • Improve the reliability of the plant and the equipment by optimizing PM's and using predictive technologies.
  • Draft equipment specifications for specific process applications and contribute to projects during planning, scoping and design review phases;
  • Enhance Safety, Health, and Environment by improving the aging equipment in the plant.
  • Drive quality improvement in the maintenance department and work processes by introducing new technologies and processes.
  • Perform root cause analysis of failed components, implement repair strategies and track results
  • Maintain all required documentation and make sure all efforts comply with relevant codes and regulations such as OSHA PSM, MOCs, etc.
  • Participate in PHAs and audits related to the area of responsibility.
  • Support and provide input on turn-around activities during all stages in order to meet time and budget constraints
  • Develop strategies and follow up on annual and long-term opportunities for equipment.
  • Manage the maintenance budget.
  • Providing technical support to the capital organization for evaluation of system design reliability
  • Guide the troubleshooting, repair and refurbishment of plant mechanical systems.
  • Actively participate in the Maintenance work teams to improve performance.
  • Development and implement training of both operations and maintenance personnel.


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of 10 years in of reliability engineering experience within the petrochemical industry.
  • Experience with CMMS tools (SAP, SAP-Primavera & Maximo).
  • Fixed equipment design, installation, and maintenance, including tanks, vessels, piping etc
  • Rotating equipment design, installation, and maintenance, including hands-on troubleshooting of pumps, compressors, centrifuges and extruders.
  • Thorough knowledge of plant operations in relation to maintenance activities
  • Basic understanding of business and economic measures.
  • Good interpersonal skills. Position requires productive interactions with multiple people at different levels within the company, contractors, vendors and periodically with customers.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes base pay and an annual incentive. This program is designed to reward individual performance and align overall rewards with corporate and team performance. 

Our employees enjoy an attractive healthcare benefits package, including wellness reimbursements to promote a healthy lifestyle. We also provide an Educational Reimbursement Plan, helping our employees fulfill their career goals, as well as a competitive 401(k).

Please apply online at: http://www.kuraray.us.com/careers/

Kuraray America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer AA M/F/disability/protected veteran status

No third party candidates accepted. 


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