What to Look for When You Hire a Reliability Engineer

A reliability engineer is critical to maintaining the stability and performance of your equipment and systems. With such an important role, it's important to hire the right person. Depending on the role, consider years of experience, reliability engineering courses, your business’s culture, and the applicant's overall career goals. Here's what to look for when hiring a reliability engineer.

Previous coursework and certifications

Is your candidate a certified reliability engineer? Have they taken reliability engineering courses before, and are there other industry-related certifications they may have invested in? Reliability engineering courses and certifications indicate that an engineer has the academic knowledge to perform the given tasks. Looking at the dates on those courses and certifications will tell you how current their knowledge is likely to be.

Leadership skills and the ability to articulate direction

Often, a reliability engineer needs to be able to take charge. In this role, the ability to influence change is key. They need others to listen to them and lead by example in their roles. Consequently, the ability to articulate direction, work with others, and lead subordinates is important. When interviewing candidates, gauge their soft skills and people skills, and decide whether those skills are suitable to your facility’s work environment.

Tech-savvy aptitudes

Reliability engineers must be tech savvy, with the aptitude to quickly learn how to operate and manage the technology your business utilizes. In particular, you will want them to be roughly familiar with the processes and equipment that your business uses. The more well-versed they are in technology, the less critical it is that they already know how to use your specific technology. Applicants can bring new value to your business if they have certifications in other areas of tech that are applicable to your operations.

There are countless reliability engineering courses, certifications, traits, and professional qualifications to look for. Be aware that there is also more than one way that a reliability engineer can show their technological acumen. Stay up to date on the latest in reliability engineering to best understand where the applicant stands in today’s modern market. It can definitely take some time to find the right fit. Allied Reliability has the resources to help you find a reliability engineer that meets your firm’s needs.


Allied Reliability provides asset management consulting and predictive maintenance solutions across the lifecycle of your production assets to deliver required throughput at lowest operating cost while managing asset risk. We do this by partnering with our clients, applying our proven asset management methodology, and leveraging decades of practitioner experience across more verticals than any other provider. Our asset performance management solutions include Consulting & Training, Condition-based Maintenance, Industrial Staffing, Electrical Services, and Machine Reliability.

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