Reliability Engineer IV

Zodiak Aerospace Gainesville , FL 32601

Posted 6 months ago

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities. Together with Zodiac Aerospace, Safran has more than 91,000 employees and would have around EUR 21 billion in adjusted revenue (pro forma 2016).

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Seats is a world leader in aircraft passenger and crew seats. One million seats made by the company are now in service worldwide.


Occupational Summary:

The reliability engineer is dedicated to using fundamental failure analysis methodologies to derive root cause of repetitive/cyclic failures observed during the life cycle of aircraft seat assemblies and seat sub-components and define tests to detect and design out these failures in the future. The reliability engineer also establishes reliability, maintainability and availability predictions and forecast mean time to failure in order to guarantee design functionality.

Duties and Responsibilities (essential functions):

  • Define lifecycle acceptance criteria for seat components and mechanisms.

  • Assessment of existing reliability test methodologies, procedures and specifications.

  • DoE to develop test plan methods and set ups to ensure product robustness and performance.

  • Replicate product malfunctions under control conditions for failure diagnosis.

  • Oversee Accelerated Stress Testing (AST).

  • Build reliability prediction models to evaluate product functionality.

  • Perform statistics and probability analysis for Reliability, Maintainability and Availability (RMA).

  • Anticipate reliability related risks for Risk Assessment.

  • Contribute to developing engineering solutions to failures observed during the life cycle of seats and seats components.

  • Work in conjunction with other engineering and management groups (e.g. Design Engineering, Certification Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Fabrication, Operations, and Field representatives).

  • Provide feedback to new product development and design engineering.

  • Provides leadership, coaching, and/or mentoring of department personnel.

  • Consults cross-functionally, providing expertise to address issues and improve product reliability.

  • Engage with end-user customers to address reliability issues and expectations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Solid understanding of Mechanical Systems

  • Basic understanding of electrical systems

  • Knowledge of CAD systems (Pro-Engineer and CATIA) preferred

  • Knowledge of Reliability, Maintainability and Availability (RMA)

  • Proficient in data analysis techniques including:

  • Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA)

  • Accelerated Stress Testing (AST)

  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)

  • Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) (Preferred)

  • Design of Experiment (DoE) (Preferred)

  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) (Preferred)

  • Reliability Block Diagram (RBD) (Preferred)

  • Mean Time to Failure Analysis (MTTF) (Preferred)

  • Statistical Analysis (Weibull, Binomial, Poisson, etc.) (Preferred)

Education and Experience:

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related engineering degree; or minimum of 12 years equivalent related experience based on education and or experience will be considered in lieu of degree.
  • 8 years of experience in reliability engineering or related experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

It is the policy of Safran to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.

If you are applying for a job in the United States and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our Human Resources Department at and let us know the nature of your request and contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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