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Reliability Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Evaluates and analyzes the reliability of manufacturing and production equipment and processes. Identifies pro-active maintenance requirements and process improvements. Works to maximize reliable performance and prevent equipment or process failures.

Job Outlook

There were 40 Reliability Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2545 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Validation Engineer industry, which includes the Reliability Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Reliability Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,689.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,381.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Reliability Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $72,249.

Education and Experience

Posted Reliability Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree83%
Master's Degree17%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Reliability Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years32%
3 to 5 years54%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Reliability Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Problem Solving (49%)
  • Communication Skills (37%)
  • Microsoft Office (30%)
  • Microsoft Excel (27%)
  • Planning (26%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) (96%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (53%)
  • Quality Management (47%)
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) (37%)
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) (34%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Product Development (15%)
  • Project Management (14%)
  • Automotive Industry Knowledge (14%)
  • Customer Service (14%)
  • Statistical Analysis (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) (7%)
  • Failure Analysis (7%)
  • Design of experiments (DOE) (6%)
  • Product Improvement (6%)
  • Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility (Gauge R&R) (6%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Reliability Engineering Studies (1%) – marginal value $1,691

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Reliability Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Quality Engineer
  • Senior Quality Engineer
  • Validation Engineer
  • Quality Engineer II
  • Quality Senior Engineer I

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Reliability Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Zimmer Biomet (82)
  • Actalent (43)
  • Abbott Laboratories (34)
  • Siemens (34)
  • Zimmer Incorporated (30)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (4)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (3)
  • Borgwarner Incorporated (2)
  • Qorvo, Inc (2)
  • Siemens (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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