What is a reliability engineer?
After I decided to participate in writing a blog for Reliable Plant, I had to decide where to start. The decision was a tough one because of the varying levels of experience the readers possess. I thought that the beginning would be the best place to start and encourage participation. Defining what a reliability engineer is can allow us to see various levels of expectations for the job.
I have put together a small list of duties that many reliability engineers are expected to perform. The list is in no way complete, and this is where I ask for your participation. What are some of the things you can add to this list? I think the real benefit from the overall participation with this will be the comprehensive experience of expectations in regards to the duties of a reliability engineer. This may even help some employers who are looking at creating the position gain some valuable insight to develop the job description.
A reliability engineer …
- Conducts failure analyses
- Adjusts maintenance tasks and scheduling
- Determines the use of predictive maintenance technologies
- Assists in setting required training and standards
- Reviews maintenance and installation plans for new equipment
- Monitors equipment trends
- Conducts root cause failure analysis (RCFA)
As I said, this is a small list, and I would like some participation. Do not worry about semantics and just throw the comments out there. Several of these areas could be expanded with more specific items like Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM), fault tree analysis (FTA), and reliability block diagrams (RBD).
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