Continental Cement Company – Reliability Engineer
Location: Buffalo, IA |  Report to: Reliability Coordinator |   Classification: Fill-Time / Exempt

Continental Cement Company’s (CCC), [a Summit Materials Company] vision is to be the most socially responsible, integrated construction materials solution provider, collaborating with stakeholders to deliver differentiated innovation and solve our customers' challenges. We have a long and proud history manufacturing cement in Missouri and Iowa and using our distribution network to reach markets extending from Minnesota to Louisiana. 

Our values of Safety, Integrity, Sustainability, and Inclusivity define our actions and priorities. 
Our goal is to ensure that our employees go home safely each day, because they are our most valuable asset.? 
As a valued team member, you will have opportunities to build a fulfilling career within Continental Cement and Summit.   

It is our belief as part of the Summit family that we hire and retain the best people. We work safely, build long-term relationships inside and outside the company, and reward outstanding contributions. Our commitment is to involve our employees in the decision-making process, while proactively coming together to support and actively participate in the communities in which we live, work and play.

Our goal is for all employees to be safe, aligned with our values and have fulfilling careers.  We provide competitive benefits and compensation, to include:
  • Bi-Weekly Pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance / AD&D
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program access (EAP)
  • 401(k) with company-matched contribution
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) program
  • Short Term Incentive Bonus Plan
  • Relocation Program Support
  • Growth & Development Opportunities

Continental Cement is currently seeking a Reliability Engineer to increase equipment life and reliability by improving equipment condition, using advanced tools and world class techniques including vibration analysis and predictive / preventative maintenance techniques, and recommending operational, maintenance, and process changes to maximize overall equipment life expectancy. This position is a foundational opportunity for a candidate looking to make an operational impact daily while growing and learning with the greater team. Hands-on, boots on the ground approaches are best when considering the day-to-day activity of this position. The ideal candidate will be a flexible, adaptable, problem solver, looking for an opportunity to join a growing company.

  • Coordinate the Inspection Program.
  • Administer the Preventative and Predictive Maintenance program and review on a regular basis, the quality of inspection checklists and their frequency.
  • Coordinate and participate in vibration analysis activities, oil analysis, non-destructive testing, ultrasonic activities, infrared activities and all other advanced detection activities as required.
  • Conduct special equipment inspections on mill liners, symetros, drives and the clinker cooler including critical welds using dye penetrate and magnetic particle techniques.
  • Functional supervision of the vibration analysis program and oil management program to ensure that analysis and all lubrication efforts including sampling, is completed in a timely manner and in accordance with plant requirements.
  • Develop reliable and cost-effective lubrication strategies aimed at maximizing equipment life and reliability.
  • Ensure that environmentally friendly use, reuse, and disposal of lubrication materials is performed.
  • Record and analyze reports from all maintenance activities in an effort to ensure that all necessary repairs are planned and executed prior to deterioration of equipment and to maximize equipment reliability, make use of available resources and minimize costs.
  • Interface with Maintenance and Operations to schedule and prioritize inspections and repair work and identify any equipment problems, which may be impacting the process negatively.
  • Manage equipment history records in order to provide feedback on work orders, information for preventative and predictive maintenance activities, and to provide environmental compliance assurance documentation.
  • Conduct studies as needed in order to increase equipment reliability while reducing maintenance costs, recommend modifications or replacements in order to increase reliability, and design out problems when reviewing proposed capital or major maintenance projects.
  • The Reliability Engineer may be asked to provide relief coverage for other members of the maintenance department and be on-call to cover mechanical problems which occur evenings and weekends.
  • Provide leadership to the organization in the implementation of maintenance tools, systems, and organization.
  • Develop and maintain a set of maintenance standards to be used as a guide by the plant; advise plants of possible maintenance problems, which should be addressed, on a regular basis.
  • Provide leadership to the organization in the research of the fundamentals behind reliability.
  • Interface with vendors and consultants on proposals for maintenance systems.
  • Be the champion of total quality/total reliability.
  • Ensure that vendors supply necessary insurance certification prior to coming on sight to perform work under his supervision

  • The expectation of this position is to spend time outside of the office and in the operational field regularly.

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering and possess at least 2 years’ maintenance experience in cement manufacturing or a related industry.
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally, in writing and through presentations.
  • Must be able to work as a part of a team to ensure continuous improvement in their functional area as well as the overall plant operations.
  • Ability and willingness to meet on-call responsibilities in a 24/7 operation.
  • Must have good leadership skills.

  • Previous experience as a Reliability Engineer.
  • Previous preventative maintenance experience with vibration analysis and/or lubrication analysis, related certification is ideal.
  • Cement industry maintenance experience.

Continental Cement and Green America Recycling value diversity and strive to provide an equal opportunity, safe working environment for all our employees. We take pride in our hiring processes and our commitment to equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, parental status, veteran status, or any other class. Our goal is to drive diversity in our teams and inclusivity in our work. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, deciding all employment on the basis of qualification, merit and business need. 

Continental Cement is a Summit Materials company.

Summit Materials East Region
Summit Materials (NYSE: SUM) is a publicly traded construction materials company that supplies aggregates, cement, ready-mix concrete, & asphalt paving mix in the United States & western Canada.
Summit Materials has completed more than 70 acquisitions since its founding & continues to pursue growth opportunities in new & existing markets. We are committed to creating value, providing access to growth capital, implementing best practices, & offering a safe place to work, while striving to exceed our environmental & social responsibilities.


This is a full-time, exempt position

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