Reliability Engineer (Burnaby, CA)

Reliability Engineer (Burnaby, CA)

Role Summary:

Ballard’s Product Development Services Department requires a Reliability Engineer, responsible for providing reliability engineering support for Ballard’s fuel cell products. The engineer will use standard reliability engineering principles and technical leadership skills to define, measure, model, and improve the reliability and robustness of Ballard’s fuel cell products. The scope of work includes topics such as: design for reliability and robustness, failure avoidance, reliability growth, statistical analysis, modelling, and reporting.  In addition, the candidate is expected to be able to provide training and support to research and development, product development, and manufacturing engineering in all aspects of reliability engineering. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • FMEA: Lead, support, and/or facilitate Failure Mode & Effects Analysis, with specific emphasis on cause – failure mode – effect relationships, effects and severities, causes and occurrences, prevention and detection actions, and special characteristics. 
  • RED: Support Robustness Engineering Design as part of the product development function, concentrating on P-Diagrams, Noise Factors, Control Factors, Loss Analysis, Verification Methods, and Parameter Design
  • FRACAS / PRACAS / FRB: Lead and/or support the Failure / Problem Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System (and Failure Review Board) for all of Ballard’s product lines, working on key areas such as problem definition, root cause analysis, preventive and corrective actions, effectiveness, and prevention of recurrence.
  • Analysis & Modelling: Perform a variety of analysis and modelling functions, such as: descriptive statistics, Weibull analysis, maintainability and availability, warranty, physics-of-failure modelling, Monte Carlo Simulation, optimization and decision models, Fault Tree Analysis, Reliability Block Diagrams, and tolerance analysis.
  • Reporting: Development of formal, informal, and ad-hoc reports and analyses in support of various engineering functions and activities.  Some reporting efforts will require a high degree of development and refinement, as they will be required for ongoing reporting requirements (such as monthly Failure Review Board reports), while others will be limited scope and involvement.
  • Leadership & Support Functions: In all of the above-mentioned activities, the reliability engineer is expected to provide the following leadership and support duties: facilitation, chairing meetings, analyst duties, and training.


  • Mechanical/Chemical/Physics or equivalent Engineering degree (B.ASc or M.ASc)
  • 5+ years of directly related experience in reliability engineering or directly related fields
  • Ability to use first principle methods for model development and verification
  • Ability to use analysis tools such as Excel, Analytica, Weibull++, etc
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong relationship/interpersonal skills required
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Professional Engineer or be eligible to be registered with APEGBC
  • Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) or eligible to be registered as CRE

Experience with the following tools:

  • ReliaSoft Office Suite (Weibull++, BlockSim, Reno, etc)
  • Oracle Agile (specifically PQM) or other PLM/PQM applications
  • Lumina Analytica or other modelling applications
  • APIS IQFMEA or other FMEA applications
  • MicroSoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc)

We are looking for someone who excels in providing solutions to completion and can contribute to developing the department and the team. If you meet the above qualifications and on a personal level are highly creative, hardworking, achievement focused, possess a strong attention to detail, superb communication and interpersonal skills, this opportunity may be of interest to you.

Ballard values diversity in the workplace and is committed to Employment Equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.

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