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Reliability/Test Engineer
Ref No.: 17-00875
Location: boise, Idaho
Position Type:Contract to Hire
Reliability/Test Engineer
  1. Review PRB (Performance Review Board) items as assigned to establish root cause, determine resolution steps and collaborate with the group leads to prepare FMIs to correct failures of locomotives.
  2. Review Failure Reports entered into the CS (Customer Service) database for trends and early indication of problems
  3. Support the Facilitator of PRB discussions and organize project activities to investigate, evaluate and apply solutions to reliability failures.
  4. Coordinate with Field Service Representatives to understand the operations and other contributing issues that may influence the failures reported.
  5. Support the Failure Analysis effort and coordinate with Supplier Quality Engineering and supplier to complete analyses on returned components.
  6. Support customer services with technical expertise as needed.
  7. Present failure analysis reports and trends to management and customers as required.
  8. Coordinate with suppliers/vendors to identify application errors/oversights.
  9. Negotiate changes with suppliers to improve quality/reliability of suspect components.
  10. Participate in Bid preparation to assure that unincorporated FMIs,(Field Modification Instructions) extras, FSR (Field Service Report) issues and unresolved reliability issues are included in the engineering estimate.
  11. Performs failure analysis investigations on assigned issues. Investigation may require boarding the locomotive to review running issues.
  12. Reviews field service reports on project(s) assigned responsibility and recommends action as appropriate
  13. Participates in Design Reviews to inform and incorporate lessons learned from prior field failures and other reliability issues.
  14. Participates as requested on PRB conference calls to represent failure analysis findings and proposed resolutions.
  15. Ability to read periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias.
  16. Ability to prepare business letters, proposals, summaries, and reports using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
  17. Ability to conduct training, communicate at panel discussions, and to make professional presentations.
  18. Supports production/engineering efforts to incorporate FMIs in the factory on issues found in the field on new delivery projects.
  19. Participates in supplier quality audits and failure analysis discussions related to vendor quality or performance issues.
  20. Supports development and validation of FMIs in production and in the field as requested by management.
  21. Supports design engineering teams in determining reliability of new equipment and processes applied to MPI (MotivePower, Inc.) products.
  22. Ability to apply logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
  23. Able to interpret a variety of technical instructions and can deal with multiple variables.
  24. Average, ordinary, visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or products, or operate machinery. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  25. Manual dexterity requirements dictate using primarily just the fingers to make small movements such as typing, picking up small objects, or pinching fingers together. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel to tighten, loosen or Client-assemble components.
  26. The employee must be able to use an assortment of hand and air operated tools such as impact guns on a limited basis. The employee must be able to grasp, pull and push an assortment of wrenches including pipe wrenches, hammers, saws, pliers, screwdrivers, etc.
  27. Safely board a locomotive, maintaining three points of contact.
Travel Related Responsibilities-
  1. Represent MPI at the customer location in a professional manner.
  2. Communicate clearly, and effectively to persuade customers, suppliers and others to accept MPI solutions and recommendations.
  3. Travel for extended periods from a few days to several weeks as required to complete necessary work assignments.
  4. Repetitive climbing up locomotive access ladders and stairs and balancing on locomotive walkways and platforms in a given contiguous work period is normal working expectation. Access ladders can go to a height of 6 to 8 feet off the ground depending on the locomotive model; possibly higher depending on the siding location of the locomotive. Climbing the access ladder to board a locomotive safely requires maintaining three points of contact.
  5. Ability to perform manual adjustment of components, cabinets, and access panels in poorly lit and tight working spaces on an ongoing basis in a safe manner.
  6. Exposure to the outdoors while investigating field failures or performing testing activities is regularly required.
  7. Ability to safely climb onto the locomotive platforms and roof decks to perform inspections as needed for failure analysis investigations.
  8. Requires capability to think quickly and respond concisely and in an articulate manner to customers, suppliers and contractors.
  9. Sharp mental acuity for extended periods of time in stressful and challenging situations, while maintaining courteous demeanor and professional approach to conflict resolution.

Reliability Prediction and Prevention-
  1. Identify FMIs that need incorporation into next build configurations (product platforms) to allow Project engineers to determine application to new designs/contracts.
  2. Review Failure Reports entered into the CS database for indication of problem components included in the proposed design(s)
  3. Participate in Concept and Preliminary Design Reviews to insure lessons learned are applied and problem vendors, components or internal processes are remedied and not used in the same way when the problems occurred.
  4. Catalog Lessons Learned for all MPI –drawn from FMI database or Service Reports- to provide searchable tool for design issues.
  5. Identify System Safety requirements to meet regulatory and typical contract specifications and insure they are mitigated in the designs being proposed through a System Safety Report for the platform.
  6. Facilitate SFT (Smoke, Flame, Toxicity) analysis efforts to produce a comprehensive and uniform SFT Report for all applicable areas of the locomotive. Reliability Engineer prepares format and compiles report from data sheets and analyses created by Design engineers. Reliability Engineering determines acceptability.
  7. Prepare a Hazard Tracking Log and/or Hazard Analysis for the platform using content from the design engineering groups.
  8. Organize and facilitate a FMECA (Failure Mode Effects Criticality Analysis)/FMEA (Failure Mode Effects Analysis) for the platform using content from the design engineering groups.
  9. Generate a Reliability and Availability Projection for the platform including MDBF, and other industry standard metrics to present reliability data.
  10. Investigate industry leaders and existing customers' reporting methods for Failure Analysis and Reliability evaluation to insure our platform development is in line with market expectations
  11. Develop performance based predictive maintenance and reliability improvement initiatives that come from the CDS (Computer Diagnostics Systems) activity
  12. CDS Reliability Engineer to support the CDS development for platforms. This position is a shared effort of CDS development and system /product enhancement
  13. Monitor the fleet reliability and availability and publish to a dashboard in terms that match the customer's measurements.