Does a Certification Make You a Professional Reliability Engineer?
Obtaining certifications based on your reliability engineering knowledge does not make you a professional. It is how you apply your knowledge that does. Let’s explore what it means to be a professional reliability engineer.
It is how you apply your knowledge that does. Let’s explore what it means to be a professional reliability engineer.
No, it doesn’t.
It’s just a piece of paper that conveys you mastered some body of knowledge. You most likely also committed to abide by a code of ethics. Plus you may have committed to continuing education to maintain the certification.
Having a certification means you know the terms, definitions, techniques, and concepts concerning reliability engineering. That’s all.
Does it mean you are a professional? No.
So, why pursue a certification? Because it is good for you and reflects well on you.
Understanding the range of tools available to reliability engineers permits you to select and use the right tool at the right time. You, with some practice and experience, become efficient and effective as a reliability professional.
Will you immediately receive a pay raise? No. Will you handle bigger problems? Most likely.
Being a professional reliability engineer is more about what you accomplish than what is on the wall. Master the knowledge and use it wisely. Solve problems and help create reliable products and systems. That is what being a pro is all about.
Let’s discuss what a certification does mean for you and your career.
Let’s discuss the key elements you need to create a custom ALT plan. And let’s touch on how some ALTs will certainly produce misleading results. Focus on the failure mechanism.
Understand how the applied stress accelerates the damage leading to failure. And, we can briefly discuss the various ways to approach an ALT. So bring your questions and join the discussion.
This Accendo Reliability webinar originally broadcast on 8 March 2016.
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