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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Reliability Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£43,641 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£28K
Median: £44K
£67K
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Reliability Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Reliability Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Reliability Engineer Insights

Read what Reliability Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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.”

ElnusaElnusa
Reliability Engineer
25 Nov 2020

“Good Work Life Balance and Benefit”

GE HealthcareGE Healthcare
Senior Reliability Engineer
9 Dec 2021

“Good good good good good”

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Reliability Engineer
15 Dec 2020

“good for career and lift target”

Oyu Tolgoi
Reliability Engineer
7 Mar 2021

“Not giving chance to promotion and career development”

ALTENALTEN
Component Engineer
26 May 2020

“development and career support can be great”

Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation
Component Engineer
10 Nov 2021

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

WeaveworksWeaveworks
Customer Reliability Engineer
4 Oct 2019

“I'm thrilled to be working with such an elite team of brilliant folks on an amazing product.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a reliability engineer

When working as a reliability engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Root Cause Analysis, Statistics, Security Clearance, Technical Leadership and Advanced Degree.

The most similar professions to reliability engineer are:
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a reliability engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.