Current Opportunities >> Engineer-Reliability
Subsidiary:Empire District (A Liberty Utilities Company)
Department:Engineering & Technical Services
Location:Joplin, MO
Country:United States
Zip/Postal Code:64801

Liberty Utilities (formerly Empire Electric District Company) is a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp, a $10+ billion North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility. The distribution group provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada. 

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.


The Reliability Engineer is responsible for providing analytical support, developing innovative solutions and enhancing the organization’s reliability culture while working as a team member of the system reliability department. Their focus is placed on analyzing performance of utility assets using available datasets, designing appropriate remedial solutions to improve overall service performance, and communicating with all stakeholders in an effort to optimize asset utilization and enhance service delivery.

Job Functions:

  • Assist with communication with operational stakeholders to identify service interruption issues and perform appropriate analysis to identify cause. Develop cost effective corrective actions and communicate solutions with appropriate supporting information to engage all stakeholders for implementation and to develop organizational reliability culture.
  • Perform statistical analysis of available datasets to identify past, current and future trends in performance of Company assets. Investigate underperforming assets and assist with design of appropriate, cost effective remedial solutions to improve future asset performance.
  • Research existing and emerging technologies and provide recommendations to continually improve reliability of Company assets.
  • Monitor and document the performance of pilot project solutions for an appropriate time period to evaluate effectiveness. When appropriate, will advance pilot solutions for full implementation by communicating recommendations to leadership.
  • Assist with development of standardized solutions to correct service interruption issues which can be applied across all regions of the organization. Work with interdepartmental resources to document and communicate corrective methods.
  • Assist in coordinating and compiling cost estimates for transmission and/or distribution projects for inclusion in the capital construction budget.
  • Communicate with all stakeholders to support and maintain a culture focused on performance and providing exceptional service. Support other workgroups and teams by providing accurate and detailed information to allow better decision making and resource allocation.
  • Analyze computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) data and provide recommendations to produce continuous improvement of asset performance.
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts using Six Sigma methodologies, kaizen, Kanban or other lean process improvement tools to increase service quality and reduce outages.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • 3 years of transmission and distribution operation or engineering experience
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, Maximo, or other Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software, and SQL or other programming language desirable.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License  or Engineer-In-Training (EI) preferred. Six Sigma certification a plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

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We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to building a diverse workforce as it values the knowledge, diversity and performance of our employees to make us a great company.​ Our Company strives to provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the HR Representative.

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