Safety & Reliability Engineer
Join us to be part of the driving force of Defence.
Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matter. When we talk about innovation within this business, it’s essential we demonstrate how we do this. We don’t just imagine great possibilities – we push boundaries at every stage and bring our innovative ideas to life through impressive engineering. This is how we create brilliance, which we should sell by letting the facts speak for themselves.
We’re the second largest global provider of defence aero-engine products and services globally with 16,000 engines in the service of 160 customers in 100 countries. Our engines power aircraft in every major sector, including: transport, combat, patrol, trainers, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.
To ensure we continue to be pioneers of our industry, Rolls-Royce has a team of over 16,500 engineers around the globe. They include everyone from world experts in their field to those who manage hundreds of people and millions of pounds worth of investments. We recruit engineers at all levels and in a range of disciplines. And while we encourage specialisation, we also offer freedom to cross-specialise and develop skills across a number of different areas for Defence.
The Safety & Reliability Engineer supports the project team in understanding how the engine or system will deteriorate as it progresses through life and ultimately fail, determining what the resulting failure effects might be. There are several skills that are necessary to enable you to do this effectively:
- You need to be able to think about how things can fail as well as how they work. Whether failures are theoretical, or we are responding to actual events, an understanding of failure mechanisms and recognising possible event scenarios is key for this role.
- Failures will inevitably have an effect on the product’s operation, so the ability to think “big picture” and to see how a component failure will escalate to impact the engine, platform, and ultimately the customer experience of the product is required.
- Failures are enumerated using statistical mathematics. Applicants should be comfortable with mathematics, and experience with statistical techniques to address uncertainty would be an advantage.
- Because of the wide range of systems that can fail in an engine, you will interact with a wide range of specialists and senior project figures. Key interactions are with the Service Engineering and Design Engineering functions. The ability to work with a broad range of specialists and projects and to be able to put complex ideas across to senior engineers is therefore desirable.
- A logical approach to problem solving and the ability to collect, filter and analyse data from design, test and service using various statistical techniques is relevant.
- To understand how engineering systems fail and to characterise those failures numerically using deterministic and probabilistic mathematical methods.
- To influence design through understanding how failures will affect system operation, and to analyse the resulting design, providing feedback on any impact this will have to the safety or reliability of the system.
- To advise the Chief Engineer on the development and in-service risks that will affect the safety or reliability of his fleet. Work with the engineering teams to formally manage and mitigate these risks and ensure product safety is maintained.
- Carry out Safety & Reliability Analysis using techniques such as FMECA, Fault Tree Analysis, Numerical Risk Assessment, FRACAS, Functional Hazard Assessment
- To capture and numerically assess the causes of system rejections and provide them to the Services organisation to allow operational availability and cost to be managed.
Qualifications and Experience:
- You will be educated to degree level in a STEM subject and/ or have experience in a relevant engineering environment (Mechanical, Aeronautical, Electrical or Controls). Other qualifications, in combination with relevant experience, may also be considered.
- You will also be a Chartered Engineer or hold an affiliate / associate membership of a relevant professional body or be working towards Chartered/Incorporated status.
- Familiarity with the design, operation and environment of gas turbine engines.
- Knowledge / experience of Safety & Reliability engineering.
- Experience in applying Reliability & Safety processes and tools e.g. Hazard Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Modes Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS)
Candidates should be highly numerate with strong technical and analytical skills, problem-solving ability and capable of systems level thinking, including personal drive, excellent communication and presentation skills, and will need to contribute effectively in a team environment. Candidates will be expected to take the lead in identifying project requirements, specifying and executing packages of work.
The ability to achieve UK security clearance may be required for some roles.
We offer excellent development prospects, along with a competitive salary and exceptional benefits. These include employee support assistance and employee discounts.
On site you can benefit from free parking, a subsidised Gym, Canteen/ Café and breakout areas.
At Rolls-Royce UK we also support requests for flexible working arrangements wherever possible
We are an equal opportunities employer.