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Mechanical Engineer


Malvern, AR 

Mechanical Engineer – Malvern, AR





The Mechanical Engineer will provide proactive leadership, direction, single point accountability and technical expertise required to achieve and sustain optimum reliability, maintainability, and useful life for our MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) Manufacturing assets.  The primary role of the Mechanical Engineer will be to to improve asset reliability through the elimination of repetitive failures, to improve asset capacity through design and application reviews, and to support development of mechanical maintenance personnel. 





  • Responsible for mechanical maintenance services; act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all maintenance activities. 
  • On a daily basis, follow the Work Management Process and overview the planned and emergency maintenance activities. 
  • On a weekly basis, finalize the weekly schedule for maintenance activities together with the Maintenance Planner, the Maintenance Supervisors and the Production Supervisors. 
  • Responsible for the annual CPO (Cold Plant Outage) work directly with the Maintenance Planner and the Maintenance Supervisors, preparing and executing the plan. 
  • Work on long term maintenance strategy of the Manufacturing Plant. 
  • Assure the PM program is diligently implemented and that Predictive Maintenance technologies (oil analysis, vibration analysis, thermography, ultrasonic, electric motor testing, etc.) are correctly applied on MDF manufacturing asset. 
  • Perform design and application reviews of MDF Manufacturing Equipment to improve operation and reliability. 
  • Perform studies on equipment failures and present solution(s) to management. Prepare diagrams, drawings, charts, calculations and reports for defining reliability problems and recommending solutions. 
  • Run the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) process and drive the Failure Elimination Process to ensure significant and sustainable improvements. 
  • Improve departmental culture through proactive failure prevention and system improvements; and as an integral team member encourage partnerships between production and maintenance. 
  • In a hands-on manner, work closely with production to find and implement solutions to improve plant efficiency. 
  • Provide investigative and problem-solving services, as well as technical support to operations, in the areas of mechanical engineering, maintenance and plant operation. 
  • Collaborate with the Reliability Lead in performing Root Cause Analysis on significant Reliability issues. 
  • Suggest changes to equipment maintenance plans based on failure modes, historical data, reliability principles and best practices. 
  • Facilitate Equipment Criticality strategy formulation and ranking sessions. 
  • Manage Equipment Records and assure current data are loaded in SAP (PM module), and technical library: BOMs, Drawings, SOP’s, etc. 
  • Support the MRO process with entire team. 
  • Provide support for Capital Projects for fabrication, installation and commissioning of new equipment, and lead feasibility studies for new projects.
  • Assist with annual and multiannual operating and capital budget preparation; and monitor maintenance costs. 





  • Mechanical Engineering Degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • 10 to 15 years of related experience in a heavy manufacturing environment like ours required – Sugar, Oil/Gas, Power Plant, Chemicals, Pulp/Paper, bulk food, etc.
  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), with a very hands-on approach, preferred.
  • Good knowledge in the manufacturing process of composite panels preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, planning and organizational skills to motivate employees and attain high levels of performance.
  • Good leadership skills, ability to work in a team environment and energize team members.
  • Excellent computer and software skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
  • SAP experience preferred.
  • Hands on! Will need to demonstrate the ability to lead by example.
  • Strong technical understanding of mechanical components.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with people for problem solving, coaching, and work planning.
  • Attention to detail and belief in continuous improvement.
  • Vibration analysis, thermal imaging, and oil analysis knowledge is a plus.



ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced wood products for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.


ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!



Arauco is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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