Info About Reliability Engineer Jobs

Reliability engineers are trained professional engineers who either have additional certification as reliability or quality engineers, or a graduate degree in reliability engineering. The salary prospects are good, and despite the differences in industry, many reliability engineers experience the similar daily tasks.

Certification

Reliability engineers test the reliability of a product or item under different conditions. Reliability or quality engineers have an undergraduate degree in engineering, and are pursuing or have certification from either the Certified Reliability Professional program or from the American Society for Quality. Reliability engineering courses are usually offered in most college engineering programs.

Many engineers who decide to become reliability engineers have received their professional license. A senior reliability engineer will usually have at least ten years professional experience, with some of that experience specifically in reliability engineering. There will also be training in a graduate degree program, and specific industry experience. Becoming a reliability engineer is one method to advance as a professional engineer.

Salary

Even with only a few years of experience, many experienced engineers make between $60,000 and $70,000 per year, depending on where they live and the nature of their employment. An engineer with a graduate degree can expect a salary boost of approximately $10,000 per year, according to the earnings figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A senior reliability engineer could make more than $100,000 per year, depending on their engineering specialty and their industry.

A reliability engineer may also receive other perks, such as relocation assistance and housing, depending on the location of their employment.

Daily Tasks

As experienced engineers, reliability engineers are involved in creating different models to test product reliability, from consumer products to military aircraft sensors. They will usually work in an office setting, creating models, making predictions, planning and completing failure investigations. Most positions require that reliability engineers are familiar with the latest reliability modeling software, as well as word processing and spreadsheet applications.

In addition to your engineering skills, you will have to use your communication skills to write assessments and reports, as well as provide written or oral presentations of findings, either to your team or to other members of the corporation. A reliability engineer may also be the liaison between other teams in the corporation, such as design and customer support, so a collegial manner and the ability to explain engineering concepts for laypersons may also be an asset.

Most reliability engineers are supervisors, distributing the work to junior engineers, and they manage projects, inventory, timeline and delivery. They may also be responsible for delivering safety and quality training to other members of the team, so public speaking skills and a background in instruction may also be an asset.

Some reliability engineers will also have to get security clearance to work on specific projects, even if they are not working specifically for the government or military.

Since testing is involved, it is probably very difficult to outsource the work of a reliability engineer, especially when public safety is a concern. Reliability engineers should experience some job security, as well as opportunities for consulting or to become self-employed, with no loss of salary, if that is the work environment the engineer prefers.