Reliability Project Manager - Reliability & Maintainability Center

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Reliability Project Manager, Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) – College of Engineering 

Regular, Full-time, Market Range 13

This position independently provides a broad range of complex technical assistance to industrial clients, in the field of maintenance and reliability.  Advises and consults in support of implementation/improvement projects for customers and develops and presents professional development training courses on select reliability topics.  The Reliability Project Manager is responsible for the development of four RMC labs and manages lab related projects.  This position conducts benchmarking investigations, data mining, analysis and reliability modeling in support of studies and projects, and researches and develops blog posts, white papers, and articles.  The project manager also assists with the planning and execution of RMC events and efforts as needed.  Supervises student lab assistants and coaches/mentors industry representatives.

The Reliability Project Manager provides a broad range of complex technical assistance to industrial clients, in the field of maintenance and reliability. Assesses client needs, then develops and sells value proposition.  Advises and consults with industry clients in development, planning, and execution of leading-edge reliability implementation and improvement projects to achieve business excellence.   Prioritizes action items identified in program assessments or continuous improvement efforts based on risk assessment, criticality analysis, and resource availability.  Ensures timely completion of improvement initiatives and tasks based on a well-defined project scope.  Interfaces with company representatives to understand needs, develop a plan, and execute the project.  Mentors, coaches and provides technical guidance to industry personnel completing their Reliability & Maintainability Implementation Certification projects.  Serves as a technical lead and a reliability subject matter expert.  Builds professional networks and business relationships.

This position assesses and identifies reliability training needs in industry.  Develops content and delivers professional development training courses (2 - 5 days in length) on select reliability and maintainability topics for industry representatives both in a public setting and at client sites.  Creates and integrates hands-on experiences and/or application exercises into the curriculum.  Course topics could include topics such as Root Cause Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance Optimization, etc.  Conducts assessments of companies’ reliability and maintainability programs and identifies improvement opportunities.  Facilitates meetings and briefings with company representatives and site leadership.

The Reliability Project Manager coordinates research and manages the RMC labs, as well as conducts benchmarking investigations, data mining, statistical analysis, and reliability modeling.  Coordinates special studies of interest to RMC member companies.  Prepares detailed reports on research findings and benchmarking analysis.  Researches and develops blog posts, white papers, and technical articles for publication in trade magazines.  Writes research grant proposals.  Provides leadership and managerial oversight in the development and use of four RMC labs, used for hands-on training and the execution of technical projects and testing.  Establishes and implements long-term strategic plans and short-term operational plans for each of the labs, in coordination with the RMC Director.  Provides technical design-of-experiment guidance on projects carried out in labs.  Operates predictive maintenance technology equipment, such as infrared, ultrasound, and vibration monitoring, for capability demonstrations and project work.  Supervises student assistants assigned to the RMC office and labs, coordinates their efforts, and reviews their work.  May commit financial resources for lab supplies and the development and allocation of lab technology.

In addition, this position assists with the development of strategic initiatives that best serve the interest of the RMC and provide value to member companies and industrial clients.  Assists with planning and execution of key RMC events and efforts as needed, such as annual MARCON conference (300+ attendees), RMC Members’ Meetings (2 per year for representatives from 70+ member companies), and RMC training events (25+ per year).  Helps find targeted speakers on topics for MARCON and RMC meetings.  May assist with execution of Internship Program as needed.

The position is located in Knoxville, TN.   Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. 

Position Requirements  

Minimum/Required Qualifications:

Education:  Master’s Degree in an engineering or science field.

Experience:  3-5 years of relevant work experience in the field of reliability and maintainability in an industrial setting, is required.  If no Master’s Degree, a bachelor’s degree and 8 years of experience is required.  Experience with reliability analytics, statistics, and/or data mining preferred.

Job Skills:  Extensive knowledge of reliability and maintainability concepts. Knowledge of project management techniques. Ability to perform statistical analysis. Strong organizational skills. Ability to self-motivate and multi-task. Ability to lead project meetings with diverse groups of people. Ability to compile and analyze data, interpret results, translate into recommendations, and write reports.  Microsoft Office Suite skills (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Other Requirements: 

Must be US Citizen (due to frequent work in restricted Government sites).

Valid driver’s license required for company site visits.

TRAVEL:  Although this job is based at UT Knoxville, it may require travel at times (up to 30% max) if a project requires.

Preferred Desired Qualifications:

Self-motivated, ethical, confident, effective communicator, team-oriented, results driven and methodical.

Job: Public Service
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Reliability & Maintainability Center
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 13, 2021, 5:58:51 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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