Getting Started as a New Reliability Engineer
Reliability engineers all have a start.
A point zero.
The transition point from pursuing something else, or nothing at all, then we begin our journey as a reliability engineering professional.
Getting started can be difficult and at times overwhelming.
Then you find Accendo Reliability and there is a lot of great content, maybe too much. So, this short article has the intent to create a starting point for you.
Plus, for those well along in their career, a request.
What is your advice to those just starting their career? My plan is to gather the advice from this community and assembly a start here guide just for those just starting their career.
Leave a comment below with your words of wisdom.
Selecting the role or being selected
It’s still a beginning. In fact, you may experience many starts even as a reliability engineer. You may find you enjoy the:
- start of your formal education
- first day of your assignment
- start of a new project
- start of building a new team
You will regularly explore new materials, new systems, and new approaches to solve problems.
You may choose to attend a university for a degree in reliability engineering before starting your work career.
You may find you have an interest in reliability engineering and secure a position as your organization’s reliability engineer. You might have started when you received the assignment to the position.
However you get started, you start and it’s often with little knowledge of the many facets and tools involved.
Getting Started as a New Reliability Engineer article explores the first set of tasks you should consider. The article explores three essential steps to getting a good start in your career.
That article created quite a bit of interest and feedback, so the follow up is a webinar with the title of Getting Started with Reliability Engineering. It’s about an hour and includes a few comments and questions from the audience throughout the event.
The webinar is part of the Accendo Reliability Webinar series and is free to attend.
As an Accendo Reliability member, you have access to the full recordings of all the events.
Learning reliability engineering to enhance your career
Professional development is essential.
One aspect of reliability engineering work is there is so much to learn.
Finding a steady stream of engaging, thought-provoking material will help you master the many facets of reliability engineering.
The Accendo Reliability Webinar series is a great start, yet there are other webinar programs out there that may provide just the right material to help you solve a problem or advance your career.
No more need to subscribe to multiple lists and sites to plan which webinars to attend. Get the full listing from 25+ sources all in one email.
Webinars are not the only way to learn about reliability engineering.
There are at least 14 Ways to Acquire Reliability Engineering Knowledge in the course by the same name. The course is free with Accendo Reliability membership and provides a weekly email and lesson to help you explore the many ways you learn.
Plus, each lesson includes links and examples to help you move forward with your education.
A good summary of what to focus on as you start your career is in the article, Getting Started Learning Reliability Engineering.
You will find links and suggestions to begin your learning journey.
A few final suggestions
If you are in the asset management/maintenance side of reliability engineering, take a look at the article, If You Want a Proactive Maintenance Program Tat Really Works, Then Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Is The Way.
If you’d prefer to listen to a bit of advice, then check out the podcast episode How to Get Started as a Reliability Engineer. It’s part of the show Speaking of Reliability.
The final suggestion is to let us at Accendo Reliability know what you are looking for as you get started.
What problems are you trying to solve? What challenges are you facing?
We can either point to the article, podcast, or webinar that may help, or we can work to create just the right content to help you move forward. Leave a comment below with any questions or ideas.
Likewise, if you are already an established reliability engineer, what is your advice to those getting started?
Please leave a comment below.
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