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.
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:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,689.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||32%|
|3 to 5 years||54%|
|6 to 8 years||9%|
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.
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%)
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%)
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%)
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
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.
- Quality Validation Engineer
- Six Sigma Quality Engineer
- Product Quality Engineer
- Process Quality Engineer
- Supplier Quality Engineer
- Industrial Quality Engineer
- Manufacturing Process Engineer
- Lean Manufacturing Engineer
- Manufacturing Test Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Reliability Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Zimmer Biomet (82)
- Actalent (43)
- Abbott Laboratories (34)
- Siemens (34)
- Zimmer Incorporated (30)
- Actalent (4)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (3)
- Borgwarner Incorporated (2)
- Qorvo, Inc (2)
- Siemens (2)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!