How to Spot Reliability Minded Coworkers

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Being the reliability engineer on a project doesnt have to be a lonely assignment. Nearly everyone on the team shares the same goal. That of creating a reliable product or maintaining equipment availability. Other may be electrical or mechanical engineers, technicians, procurement or some other part of the organization, yet they all have something to contribute to improving reliability. Sometimes you have to find the reliability minded individuals to assist when gathering information to identify potential weaknesses to provide support for a reliability task to encourage others to fully consider reliability with each decision

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  • 1. fmsreliability.com http://www.fmsreliability.com/education/spot-reliability-minded-coworkers/How to spot reliability minded coworkersFredHow to find reliability-minded coworkersBeing the reliability engineer on a project doesnt have to be a lonely assignment.Nearly everyone on the team shares the same goal. That of creating a reliable product or maintaining equipmentavailability.Other may be electrical or mechanical engineers, technicians, procurement or some other part of the organization,yet they all have something to contribute to improving reliability.Sometimes you have to find the reliability minded individuals to assist when gathering information to identifypotential weaknesses to provide support for a reliability task to encourage others to fully consider reliability witheach decisionTraits of reliability minded coworkersMy estimate is approximately half of the working reliability engineers are individuals that showed an interest inreliability. They then learned the skills and tools associated with reliability engineering.It is that interest that we are seeking. It is that interest that aligns with improving reliability and learning.In conversations, in meetings, and during presentations pay attention to the focus, ideas, and questions of yourcoworkers. In one or more ways they will reveal their interest in reliability.Look for those asking questions aboutrisks of failurefailure mechanismsdesign options to make the product more robustvendor selection including component reliabilityOf course there are others, yet this short list may provide just the tip to let you encourage more such questions.Look for meeting participants thattend to focus on the durability of the product for the end usertend to ask reliability related questionstend to join discussions about failure mechanismstend to get engaged when reliability is the discussion topicDuring presentations look for speakers thatlead the presentation with reliability goals or measuresincludes sections of potential failure modes

2. discusses risks to durability of the productencourages discussion of reliability improvementsThe basic idea is to listen and encourage discussions around reliability. This may include design, assembly,operations, suppliers, budgeting, and customer feedback situations.When ever the discussion turns to reliability, you should pay attention to who started it and whos engaged. Thesepeople are you potential reliability champions.How did you start in reliability? Did someone encourage you based on your interest? That was my path.