Mechanical Engineer (Entry Level)

Date: Apr 9, 2024

Location: South Haven, MI, US, 49090

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Job Description

Grace is seeking a Mechanical/Reliability Engineer for our South Haven Site.  The South Haven Site produces a portfolio of products for the specialty pharmaceutical industries, specifically Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.  Consisting of a cGMP kilo lab, pilot plant and custom manufacturing at the commercial volumes, the site is fully equipped to develop and manufacture custom drug intermediates and API’s.  South Haven is nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan with beautiful beaches and fun year-round.

The Reliability/Maintenance Engineer is responsible for providing the technical program leadership and implementation activities described below to maximize the maintenance related uptime and operating efficiencies of equipment and facility assets. These activities help minimize costs and contribute to the profitability and performance of the business.

Under the direction of the Maintenance Manager the Reliability/Maintenance Engineer monitors the status of their reliability maintenance program evolution relative to corporate program strategies. This position provides measurements of program progress and effectiveness such as preventive maintenance, condition-based monitoring work, equipment uptime, overall equipment effectiveness and mean time between failures.  They facilitate the identification and communication of the root causes of losses in the operation of production, facility, and utility processes. The Reliability/Maintenance Engineer is responsible for ranking the criticality of the assets under their care, typically using Reliability Centered Maintenance approaches, and for defining the proactive maintenance approaches that are cost beneficial to the business. The incumbent specifies parts, inventory quantities and the special storage requirements for critical spare parts. They represent reliability maintenance to other organizations and functions including Engineering Design, Production Operations, Procurement, Storeroom operations, new project commissioning, etc. They provide reliability maintenance input to Engineering Design to create designs which minimize life cycle costs. They develop procedures and specifications for the reliability maintenance aspects of existing and new equipment, and they help identify the work content of planned shutdowns.



•    Promotes the use of Reliability Engineering concepts and tools to the Engineering and Production departments.
•    Communicates changes and updates resulting from Strategy and Continuous Improvement efforts, and Project implementation activities.
•    Assists operations and maintenance manager with equipment improvements that improve asset reliability.
•    Generates change control documentation as required by reliability initiatives (i.e. Bad Actor reporting, Capital Projects, etc.)
•    Writes equipment MOCs required for new equipment and or modified equipment. 
•    Establishes guidelines and specifications (i.e.: Task, Frequency, Materials, Skill, Calibration parameters, etc.) for properly implementing equipment Preventive Maintenance and equipment health activities.
•    Develops, changes, and initiates maintenance activities (PM, CBM, lubrication, calibration, training, and spare parts) as based on analysis results (FMEA / RCM) to improve performance and equipment availability
•    Identifies chronic equipment (classification based) deficiencies through “Bad Actor” and cost analysis, Failure Mode, and Effect analysis (FMEA), and equipment history reviews.
•    Performs reliability analysis (FMEA / RCM) to identify root causes of chronic ongoing equipment issues.
•    Updates the Maintenance Strategy and Reliability Ranking Index for equipment as based upon reliability analysis (RCM or FMEA) and bad actor reporting.
•    Develops equipment reliability plans that reduce the number of failures and minimizes the effects of failures that do occur.
•    Responsible for updating the criticality ranking of the assets under their care, typically using results from Bad Actor reporting and analysis, PM / Calibration Optimization and Rationalization actives, and FMEA / RCM approaches.
•    Provides Life Cycle Cost Modeling and Statistical Analysis to Project Engineering for equipment design and selection.
•    Provides “Design for Reliability” input to capital projects with respect to equipment specifications that create project approaches which minimize life cycle costs.
•    Provides input and oversight to equipment standards.
•    Develops procedures and specifications for the reliability maintenance aspects for existing and new equipment.

Required Qualifications

 •   0-3 years of Engineering experience in mechanical 

•    Good communication skills and the ability to interact with all departments.

Preferred Qualifications

•    Bachelors or master’s level degree (Mechanical Engineering preferred)

•    Knowledge of respective techniques, practices, precedents, theory, and principles.

•    Equipment reliability principles and PdM disciplines knowledge preferred

•    Advanced computers use skills, knowledge of CMMS, Reliability, and NDT software tools preferred

•    Previous reliability / maintenance engineering experience preferred. Project management experience and/or equipment reliability principles knowledge preferred.

•    Good communication skills and the ability to interact with all departments.

•    Previous reliability / maintenance engineering experience or internships preferred. 
•    Project management experience and/or equipment reliability principles knowledge preferred.



U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (

•    Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance

•    Life Insurance and Disability

•    Grace Wellness Program

•    Flexible Workplace

•    Retirement Plans

•    401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%

•    Paid Vacation and Holidays

•    Parental Leave (salaried only)

•    Tuition Reimbursement

•    Company Donation Match Program

•    Site specific contribution to local Wellness Center

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo