What does a Reliability Engineer do?

Reliability engineers perform the strategic tasks that ensure plant operations are carried out efficiently and effectively. They identify and manage risks that may cause operational safety issues or equipment performance. They develop analysis methods collected from data and use insights from their analysis to develop a strategy for effective scheduling of maintenance activities. This helps ensure the plant maximizes production without sacrificing the quality of products and operations safety.

Reliability engineers manage equipment and monitor it for risks within its entire life cycle. They develop FMEA processes for new or existing equipment and plan the required testing and performance evaluations to assess potential risks to production and safety with the equipment. They provide solutions to recurring failures by performing tests and identifying corrective actions. They perform statistical data analysis to predict and minimize losses and need a degree in engineering, statistics, mathematics, similar fields, and reliability engineering certification.

What responsibilities are common for Reliability Engineer jobs?
  • Provide applications engineering support to multiple program integrated product teams (IPTs.)
  • Lead investigation of root-cause for repetitive damage and failure rates.
  • Participate in annual and long-term reliability and capital planning.
  • Provide technical support of supervisors and craftsmen as needed.
  • Support the creation and delivery of operational objectives, facilities services, programs, and contracts for applicable facilities.
  • Develop and execute root cause failure analysis, corrective and preventive actions.
  • Own the budget development, financial variance analysis and operations analysis.
  • Partner with support teams on new initiatives, site retrofits, etc.
  • Monitor, measure and improve the performance and state-awareness of systems.
  • Manage performance metrics to ensure that programs are being adequately executed.
  • Promote continuous improvement in employee engagement and satisfaction, through the utilization and monitoring of IMPACT survey.
  • Work frequently with product teams on shared goals and cross-team projects.
  • Interface with partners and customer counterparts will be required per contract requirements.
  • Responsible for end to end product quality and reliability with a focus on data collection and analysis.
  • Develop standards and procedures as business and customer needs evolve.
  • Capacity planning and demand forecasting to meet systems demand, identifying performance bottlenecks and devising tuning improvements.
  • Comfortable with legal terms and structures for standard commercial contracts.
  • Identify and drive improvements in infrastructure and system reliability, performance, monitoring, and overall stability of the platform.
  • Assist in the disposition of nonconforming material and the implementation of corrective action.
  • Develop and present RAM assessments and lessons learned as required.
  • Lead the development, implementation and maintenance of a life cycle asset management process for components, equipment and processes at all facilities.
  • Identify, manage and direct impactful projects from conceptualization to results.
  • Establish trust and maintain open, positive relationships with team, customers and vendors.
What are the typical qualifications for Reliability Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science, engineering or mechanical engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with MATLAB, Linux, Python, C, JAVA, R Language, Nand, and ALLO software and systems.
  • Six Sigma training.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver.
  • Comfortable working in root cause analysis.
  • Strives for continuous improvement.
  • Experience with scripting, mechanisms, and Terraform processes.
  • Experience with cloud software and systems.
  • Fluent in controls systems.
  • Strong leadership skills.
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

Reliability Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$4,645 /month
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Median: $5K
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Nevada Gold MinesNevada Gold Mines
Reliability Engineer
27 Jul 2021

“Don't recommend if you want a work life balance or any semblance of happiness.”

Reliability Engineer
25 Nov 2020

“Good Work Life Balance and Benefit”

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments
Quality and Reliability Engineer
27 Feb 2022

“Low base pay but good in giving bonuses and profit sharing.”

Network Reliability Engineer
6 Aug 2022

“Everyone here is nice and a great mind to work with.”

GE HealthCareGE HealthCare
Senior Reliability Engineer
9 Dec 2021

“Good good good good good”

Oyu Tolgoi
Reliability Engineer
7 Mar 2021

“Not giving chance to promotion and career development”

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Reliability Engineer
15 Dec 2020

“good for career and lift target”

Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation
Component Engineer
10 Nov 2021

“Good company and I have been able to get good salary”

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