Reliability Engineer General
Baker Hughes - Houston, TX

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The primary responsibility of a Mechanical Reliability Engineer is to support his or her Design Engineering counterpart in developing and executing a Reliability Program Plan (RPP) for Mechanical components.

The goal of a RPP is to specify and execute the specific Engineering Analysis and Tests required ensuring that the component will meet its Reliability and Life Cycle Costs (LCC) goals.

Thus, a Mechanical Reliability Engineer is expected to be able to recommend and execute various Reliability analysis and tests including, but not limited to FMECA, Stress Analyses, Corrosion Analysis, Life Analyses, Fatigue Analysis, Thermal Analysis, Accelerated Life and Qualification Testing.

In addition, a Mechanical Reliability Engineer is expected to be able to execute a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) on a failed component and develop empirical Reliability models to validate earlier analysis as well as develop maintenance plans for life limited parts.

A Mechanical Reliability Engineer also develops reliability analysis reports, qualification test plans and procedures, performs and monitors qualification testing of products, and compiles test data into reports for management



Work with Design Engineering to develop and execute a Reliability Program plan on a mechanical or electromechanical part or component


Execute specific Reliability Analysis tasks required to determine if a mechanical or electro-mechanical component has sufficient design margin to meet its intended reliability targets under the specified mission profile/boundary conditions.


Design and execute a Reliability test plan to validate the analysis results and hopefully capture escapes from the analysis phase.

This includes Accelerated Life testing as well and Reliability Qualification Testing otherwise referred to as Beta testing.


Understand current state-of-the-art of CAD/CAE simulation tools used for Mechanical design including Solid Works Modeling, FEA and CFD, Fatigue Analysis.


Support Design Engineering on the Root Cause Analysis of parts/components that fail in test. Coordinates meetings to formulate methodologies for root cause analysis.

Recommend statistical methods to isolate problems and resolve them.


Present analysis and test results at Design Reviews with Design Engineers



: Additional duties and responsibilities may be added as required.



Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Material Science.

Master’s Degree in Mechanical/Materials/Reliability Engineering, Applied Statistics or Operations Research


All levels of experience are needed.

Experience as a Mechanical Design and/or Reliability Engineer preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Effective verbal and written communication skills that clearly convey information and ideas.

Ability to communicate to individuals or groups through a variety of media in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understands the information.


Ability to use Word, Excel, Microsoft Project and Visio software programs, to a level of professional proficiency.

Able to produce professional Engineering reports including introductions, conclusions and recommendations.


Ability to analyze and resolve technical problems of a moderate complexity quickly and independently.


Ability to use and navigate reliability analysis software programs for the analysis of raw attribute and variable data.


Ability to interpret and react to statistical data analysis.


Ability to work on multiple projects and achieve completion milestones as set by upper management.


Ability to write clear, concise, and professional detailed reports.


Ability to participate in meetings or lead meetings as needed to find solutions to complex reliability problems.


Knowledge and application of problem solving techniques such as FMEA, cause and effect and brainstorming.


Basic knowledge of Statistics and Six Sigma techniques.

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