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Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Mechanical Specialist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Mechanical Specialist

Date: May 12, 2021

Location: Winston-Salem, NC, US

Company: British American Tobacco

Job Number: 31841

Reynolds American Incorporated is positively transforming the tobacco industry. We’re a family of companies that strives for success in everything we do. The future inspires us because our people are igniting the breakthroughs that are redefining the ways adult tobacco consumers enjoy tobacco in the 21st century.

When other companies talk about growth, they only talk about size. At Reynolds American, we focus on the growth of our people. We take pride in each other’s growth and well-being throughout our careers. We invest in your career and total well-being because we know our companies succeed when our people thrive.


Reynolds American Inc. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; Modoral Brands, Inc.; R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Lorillard Licensing Company, LLC; Reynolds Brands, Inc.; and Vuse Stores LLC. This position is with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (2004) .

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work on iconic brands and revolutionary products by collaborating with visionary, principled and passionate people every day.

Job Summary:

The Mechanical Specialist operates equipment and performs corrective and preventive maintenance on high speed cigarette manufacturing and packaging machinery.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operates the equipment and is responsible for product quality, output, waste and regulatory compliance.

  • Makes mechanical repairs and adjustments to the equipment and is responsible for machine health and overall equipment effectiveness.

  • Diagnose machine problems and perform corrective maintenance, respond to fault lamp and message displays, and adjust machines accordingly. Create machine repair records in SAP/CMMS.

  • Performs preventive maintenance on regularly scheduled intervals.

  • Make standard adjustments, timings, settings, alignments, and replacement of parts.

  • Install and commission manufacturing and packaging equipment.

  • Operate, start, and stop manufacturing equipment using appropriate control devices.

  • Perform machine and area cleaning as described in standard work instructions.

  • Perform all quality checks and tests as described in standard work instructions.

  • Order and verify materials, verify production specifications, order parts, enter work history, monitor and respond to KPI data prompts, set up machine for various products through direct interaction with advanced Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Parts Ordering System(s) and Document Management System, and other computer applications as appropriate.

Job Requirements:


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

  • Industrial Systems Technology – Machine Operator Certificate or certificate in a related field or military equivalent.

  • NOTE: Those candidates NOT possessing an Industrial Systems Technology – Machine Operator Certificate or certificate in a related field or military equivalent BUT have three years’ experience working in a mechanical field are required to submit to mechanical reasoning and aptitude testing in lieu of the educational requirement.

Preferred Experience:

  • Three years’ experience working in a mechanical field with high-speed manufacturing equipment.

Required Credentials and Skills:

  • WorkKeys - Reading for Information or Workplace Documents @ Level 5, Applied Math @ Level 4, Graphic Literacy @ Level 4, Workplace Observation @ Level 2.

  • Basic computer skills to include Microsoft applications.

  • Operate powered industrial trucks and aerial platforms.

Preferred Credentials and Skills:

  • Industrial Systems Technology – A.A.S Or Mechanical Engineering Technology – A.A.S. Or Mechatronics Engineering Technology – A.A.S. Or A.A.S degree in a related field Or military equivalent.

  • SAP/CMMS application skills.

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally lift/position materials to 97 lbs.

  • Standing, reaching, lifting, pulling, stooping, bending.

  • Able to use and climb ladders.

  • Work at heights up to 40 feet.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The Company reserves the right to change or modify job descriptions and employee job duties.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

Compensation/Targeted Bonus

  • Competitive Annual Salary

  • Targeted Annual Bonus

  • Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.

Benefit Summary

Our company offers very competitive benefit plans, including:

  • 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation. Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percent

  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package

  • Eleven paid company holidays annually, plus a generous paid vacation plan based on length of service

  • Company-paid sick and personal days, funeral leave and jury duty leave; Also Parental leave/Reduced Work Schedule.

  • Confidential personal financial counseling service

  • On-site health clinics and fitness centers

  • A matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice

  • Health-care advocacy service

  • Volunteer service opportunities

  • Federal credit union membership through Allegacy Federal Credit Union

  • Extensive training opportunities

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated employees that stands apart from the crowd.

We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents to maximize the company's potential for successfully achieving its business objectives.

Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly via email at reynoldsamerican_recruitment@bat.com.

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