Sr. Reliability Engineer - REPA

Mar 27, 2023
Apr 03, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking a Senior Reliability Engineer for the Office of Reliability Centered Maintenance Planning (RCMP). The successful candidate for this role will be part of the Reliability Engineering and Performance Analysis (REPA) team. The candidate will play a pivotal role in determining maintenance and engineering priorities within WMATA through failure analysis and Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) programs.

This is a dynamic role which will provide a significant opportunity for the candidate to influence the reliability of infrastructure and fixed assets. Therefore, the successful candidate should be a motivated individual with proven analytical skills. The ideal candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills as well as excellent communication skills; both written and oral.

Candidates with prior experience in the engineering of Transit Systems and/or equivalent maintenance experience are preferred. Experience with RCM is also preferable.


  • Bachelor's Degree in reliability, electrical, mechanical or related engineering field.
  • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a High School Diploma or GED and four (4), years of experience in an electrical or mechanical maintenance role in the transportation field may be considered.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience in a maintenance, maintenance supervision, or engineering role.

  • N/A

  • ASQ-CRE or CMRP certification preferred
  • Experience in performance monitoring or performance reporting
  • Extensive experience with a CMMS such as Maximo, SAP or other systems

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.


The Senior Reliability Manager is responsible for leading and monitoring the effective reliability measurement and maintenance activities for assets within the Office of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and other WMATA applicable equipment. The incumbent will apply Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) methods to guide WMATA departments in maintaining assets using best practices.

  • Serves as the lead reliability engineer on programs related to improving reliability, performance, and maintainability for revenue and non-revenue assets for WMATA.
  • Leads efforts in determining root causes of failure of WMATA revenue and non-revenue assets within COO to ensure problems are identified at the correct level so appropriate solutions can be implemented.
  • Serves as a champion for an asset class, asset fleet and/or maintenance department to ensure critical WMATA assets are monitored consistently for failure trends and performance.
  • Utilizes analysis tools and methods to independently develop performance reports on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis as required to ensure timely and relevant performance reporting is published to asset owners under COO.
  • Analyzes projected product utilization and calculates cumulative effect on final system reliability of individual part reliabilities.
  • Drafts failure mode and effect analysis sheets or formulates mathematical models, using computer-aided engineering equipment, to identify units posing excessive failure risks and support proposed changes in design.
  • Coordinates the gathering of interdepartmental data by running SQL queries and developing reports between the maintenance offices and operations control centers.
  • Applies knowledge of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) to current maintenance programs to ensure departments within COO maintain their critical assets in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Advises and confers with engineers in design review meetings to give reliability findings and recommendations.

  • Leads the management of data across numerous databases to ensure the quality and integrity of the data.
  • Independently develops and executes complex queries in a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) containing millions of records to identify and analyze reliability issues using programming languages and tools (e.g. SQL).
  • Identifies and communicates data quality concerns with recommendations to all levels of the organization including senior leadership.
  • Collaborates with internal WMATA departments including Engineering, Office of Performance and respective maintenance departments.
  • Represents the department in reliability meetings at all levels of the company, including senior leadership.

The functions listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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