Position Description

Maintenance Engineer - Converting
Location SC - Anderson
Employment Duration Full time
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First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global, privately-held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.


Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Maintenance Engineer-Converting for our First Quality Tissue, SE location in Anderson, SC.  This position will identify key barriers to continuously improve machine reliability through root cause analysis, training, maintenance projects, preventative maintenance planning and promote a fortune 500 maintenance department with 60% of the time focused on the floor working with the maintenance team.


Primary responsibilities include:


  • Promote an action oriented safety culture embracing safety as a core value, instilling and exemplifying a safety mindset for all team members resulting in an incident free workplace.

  • Work with Maintenance management to develop annual goals and KPI’s for continually improving maintenance reliability.

  • Lead and perform Root Cause Analysis (RCA).  Develop procedures and recommendations for permanent elimination of problems.

  • Develop tools and techniques to analyze and develop cost effective preventive maintenance procedures.

  • Identify, plan and implement small projects to improve the inherent reliability of equipment.

  • Develop and implement standards based repair procedures, job plans, documenting repairs, developing and implementing OEM standards.

  • Be involved in design, engineering, and manufacturing of maintenance projects and take the lead in communicating project status with all stakeholders using proper FQ documentation tool (MOC).

  • Support PM Outages, equipment installations, startups, and validations.

  • Support the Maintenance/Controls Techs as needed in troubleshooting issues on the converting lines.

  • Lead equipment performance reviews to ensure actions are identified and executed, addressing equipment performance gaps and implementing improvements in equipment.

  • Prepare and present technical information to team members and management.

  • Reduce the incidence of costly breakdowns and develop strategies to improve overall reliability and safety of plant, personnel, and maintenance processes.

  • Mentor, train, and develop maintenance teams on new techniques, maintenance processes,nsuretegories met and procedures on engineered changes.

  • Promote an atmosphere of continuous improvement among all team members.

  • Responsible to develop, analyze and monitor maintenance KPI’s and meet all defined yearly objectives.

  • Participate on maintenance team on-call duty rotation.

  • Manage contractors to ensure work is completed to design and FQ specifications.

  • Certify all precision maintenance work and manage all respective documentation.

  • Support and participate in all planning and scheduling meetings


The ideal candidate should possess the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum 3 years of industrial maintenance experience preferred in a high speed manufacturing environment OR Associate’s degree and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a manufacturing Maintenance environment.

  • Familiarity with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems.

  • Advanced knowledge of technology and mechanics.

  • Knowledge of product specifications, quality specifications, goals, efficiency, scrap and production.

  • SAP knowledge preferred.

  • Personal Computer skills including specific mechanical software and basic e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet applications, and project management software.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Excellent analytical skills.

  • Leadership abilities.

  • Works well in a team environment, including technicians and management.


Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!


First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations.  As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.


First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.

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