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Working As A Reliability Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $93,112

    Average Salary

What Does A Reliability Engineer Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Duties

Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods that are applied and activities that take place in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning in order to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Industrial engineers apply their skills to many different situations, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. For example, they design systems for

  • moving heavy parts within manufacturing plants
  • delivering goods from a company to customers, including finding the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
  • evaluating job performance
  • paying workers

Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.

Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

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How To Become A Reliability Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Reliability Engineer Career Paths

Reliability Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Reliability Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Manufacturing Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
System Safety Engineer Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Plant Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Engineer Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Quality Engineer Director Of Quality
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Graduate Engineer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 6.2%
Internship 4.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.6%
Engineer 4.4%
Manager 3.7%

Reliability Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.8%

Female

12.6%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

72.5%

Asian

13.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.1%

French

7.8%

Mandarin

6.7%

Russian

5.6%

Chinese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Arabic

4.4%

Greek

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Turkish

2.2%

Romanian

2.2%

Kurdish

2.2%

Polish

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Yoruba

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Serbian

1.1%
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Reliability Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

Purdue University

8.4%

Drexel University

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

San Jose State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

Michigan Technological University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.7%

Auburn University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.4%

Iowa State University

4.4%

University of Alabama

3.8%

University of Toledo

3.8%

University of Arizona

3.8%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.5%

Colorado State University

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

32.1%

Electrical Engineering

20.6%

Business

11.2%

Engineering

3.6%

Industrial Engineering

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.8%

Management

2.3%

Physics

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

Computer Science

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Systems Engineering

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Statistics

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Engineering Technology

1.1%

Finance

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.7%

Masters

30.2%

Other

8.9%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

4.0%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Reliability Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Site Reliability Engineer Mixpanel, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 23, 2015 $230,000
Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2015 $203,111
Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2015 $203,111
Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 27, 2015 $196,000
Reliability Engineer Two Sigma Investments, LP New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $185,000
Site Reliability Engineer Fastly, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2016 $180,000
Software Engineer-Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 09, 2016 $180,000
Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 17, 2016 $177,000
System Reliability Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Apr 10, 2016 $176,500
System Reliability Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Oct 05, 2016 $176,500
System Reliability Engineer IEX Group, Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $175,000
Software Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 16, 2016 $175,000
Site Reliability Engineer Acxiom Corporation San Francisco, CA Jul 19, 2016 $129,210 -
$150,000
Site Reliability Engineer 2 Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 12, 2015 $129,000
Site Reliability Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 01, 2015 $128,750
Reliability Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 07, 2016 $128,322 -
$168,200
Software Engineer-Site Reliability Engineering Google Inc. New York, NY Dec 08, 2016 $128,000
Software Engineer-Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2016 $128,000
Software Engineer, Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 26, 2016 $128,000
Software Engineer, Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 31, 2016 $128,000
Reliability Engineer FMC Technologies Houston, TX Nov 19, 2015 $106,309
Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 17, 2015 $106,000
Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 01, 2016 $106,000
Reliability Engineer Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 21, 2016 $105,948 -
$129,500
Live Die/Circuit Reliability Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 19, 2015 $105,883
Reliability Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 25, 2016 $105,539 -
$125,000
Reliability Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 31, 2016 $105,539 -
$135,100
Software Engineer-Site Reliability Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 02, 2015 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Reliability Engineer

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Top Reliability Engineer Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Failure Analysis
  3. Maintenance Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide Safety presentations and undertake risk assessments with team every month as an assigned Department Safety Representative.
  • Coordinated failure analysis of failed components and resolution of these failures.
  • Developed maintenance procedures to reduce maintenance cost and foster continuous improvement.
  • Conducted multiple root cause and corrective action investigations, identifying and eliminating causes of early failure modes and quality problems.
  • Collaborated with different team to define tests for failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) on next gen memory.

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