Senior Reliability Engineer 

LOCATION: Hanover / Pennsylvania (US-PA), United States | BRAND: Sheppard | REQUISITION ID: 3219 | JOB GRADE: 14

| ON-SITE/REMOTE: On-site 


Founded in 1937, R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. has a rich history of innovative design and American manufacturing excellence. Headquartered in Hanover, Pa., our dedicated team of over 700 employees supply components for the trucking and transportation industry worldwide. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and a proud member of Knorr-Bremse.

Whatever your career path – whether it’s product innovation through engineering, working directly with our customers, manufacturing quality products or supporting our business in some other way, Sheppard – a Bendix CVS Company – delivers. Visit us online at





The Sr. Reliability Engineer will be responsible for leading and developing the Reliability Team; identifying and managing asset reliability risks for new and existing equipment based on the organizational needs.  The Sr. Reliability Engineer will create standards and processes to ensure the reliability of equipment is improved.  Lead efforts to implement the Reliability Excellence program in all areas of the plants.




  1. Work with Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering to ensure the maintainability and the reliability of new and modified installations
  2. Participates in the development of design and installation specifications of new equipment and modified installations
  3. Participates in the final check of new equipment for acceptance testing to assure adherence of functional specifications
  4. Create PM plan for new equipment and modified installations as well as optimize current PM plans for equipment
  5. Create predictive maintenance plans based on risks identified using Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and Criticality analysis
  6. Develop engineering solutions to repetitive failures and all other problems that adversely affect plant operations
  7. Use Life Cycle costing to justify and determine capital planning for rebuild or replacement of equipment
  8. Manage changes to form, function, and process to ensure reliability of equipment is not negatively affected
  9. Develop risk management plan to that will anticipate risks that could adversely affect plant operations
  10. Work with production, engineering, and quality to analyze asset utilization and remaining useful life of assets
  11. Provide technical support to production, maintenance management, and technical personnel
  12. Meets with reliability engineering team to determine projects and tasks that need to be prioritized based on analysis of assets
  13. Guides efforts to determine training needs of maintenance, production, and quality personnel to ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment
  14. Evaluate state of current equipment and create plans to improve maintainability and reliability




Requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineer/maintenance related field

Strong skill set with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Project, Teams), AutoCAD, and Minitab

Strong understanding of predictive maintenance tools such as oil analysis, vibration analysis, and infrared thermography.

Ability to read and understand Data Analysis tools for root cause analysis and loss elimination.

Strong understanding of pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems.

Knowledge of computerized maintenance management systems (SAP Plant Maintenance preferred).

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Strong verbal and written communication skill set.




In performing the essential elements of this position the following physical activities are required. The activities are measured in the amount of on-the-job time that is spent performing these activities.




 up to 1/3

1/3 to 2/3

2/3 and more





















Using Hands or Fingers to Handle or Feel





Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, or Crawl





Reach with Hands and Arms





Taste or Smell






In performing the essential elements of this position the following weight is required to be lifted or force to be exerted.  These activities are measured in the amount of weight lifted or force exerted and how often.




 up to 1/3

1/3 to 2/3

2/3 and more

Up to 10 pounds





Up to 25 pounds





Up to 50 pounds





Up to 100 pounds





More than 100 pounds





In performing the essential elements of this position the following vision requirements apply.





Close vision



Distance vision



Color vision



Peripheral vision



Depth perception



Ability to adjust focus






May be exposed to moderate heat, light dust, fumes, and hazards such as electrical shock or gases. Some outside assignments could involve exposure to adverse weather conditions.

Adequate hearing protection is required for 85 decibels and above.


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What does Sheppard have to offer you? 

  • Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
  • 401k Plan with Company matching 
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
  • Wellness Program and incentives
  • On-site Health Clinic/Healthcare
  • Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:
    • Company-Paid Benefits:
      • Basic Life Insurance
      • Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
      • Short Term Disability
      • Business Travel Accident Insurance
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
      • Medical and Prescription insurance
      • Dental insurance
      • Vision insurance
      • Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
      • Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
      • Long Term Disability
      • Accident Plan
      • Critical Illness Plan
      • Hospital Indemnity Plan

R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.