Edwards Lifesciences Staff Engineer, Equipment Reliability in Irvine, California

The Staff Engineer, Reliability originates and develops analysis methods for determining reliability of components, equipment and processes. In this role you will acquire and analyze the data, and prepare diagrams, charts, drawings, calculations, and reports for defining reliability problems and making recommendations for improvements. Additionally, the Staff Reliability Engineer will conducts an analysis of reliability problems and investigate to determine the reliability required for the particular situation considering the cost limitations for equipment up/down time, repair/replacement costs, size, and availability of materials/equipment. You will also determine the cost advantages of alternatives for developing action plans to comply with internal/external customer demands for reliable processes/equipment to avoid failures.


  • Optimize and manage the Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Program at the site, which includes: vibration analysis, oil analysis, thermography, ultrasonic, and circuit analysis.

  • Provide expertise in the principles of root cause analysis (RCA) and Reliability Centered Maintenance to create an environment of continuous asset reliability improvement

  • Development, administration, qualification, validation and maintenance of measurement and calibration systems.

  • Provide technical leadership and training on the use of the systems for accurate and repeatable measurement. Creating and conducting Gage R&R studies, as well as understanding drawings and schematics, will be required for this position.

  • Determine which major systems and components will be maintained on a predictive basis and which will be maintained on an interval-based PM or on-condition basis.

  • Create risk mitigation strategies for critical assets.

  • Analyze equipment failures to determine root cause and identify changes required to prevent recurrence.

  • Ensure that the appropriate Maintenance and Reliability metrics are in place throughout the site (asset utilization (OEE), planned/unplanned work, planning/scheduling metrics, cost metrics, MTBF, replacement asset value, etc).

  • Perform maintenance and life cycle costing analysis.

  • Develop work instructions/protocols/audit reports to support regulatory compliance.

  • Drive cost reduction and energy management initiatives across the facility.

  • Function as a key technical resource for the site in areas such as: PdM technologies, non-destructive testing, RCA, and Data analysis techniques (e.g. FMEA, Weibull analysis, etc.)

  • Provide equipment and process troubleshooting support using PdM technologies (e.g. leak detection) and other technical expertise, as needed.

  • Monitor the performance of equipment and provides reports and updates, as needed.

  • Work closely with maintenance mechanics and operators to improve knowledge, techniques, and procedures that adversely affect equipment reliability.

  • Provides training to continue to build the reliability culture and continuously improve (e.g. Lubrication Basics, etc.)

  • Work with engineers to ensure reliability of new and modified assets, while minimizing total lifecycle costs.

  • Promotes a safe work environment by setting an excellent example and showing a strong commitment to Safety,

  • Follow all applicable company work instructions, S.O.P.’s, and guidelines.

  • Follow established safety requirements and wears required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned.




  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or related engineering degree is required.

  • A minimum of 6 years of maintenance engineering experience within a regulated manufacturing environment is required. FDA regulated industry experience is highly preferred.

  • Certified Reliability Maintenance Professional (CRMP) and/or project management experience/certification preferred.

  • Knowledge of various Maintenance and Reliability processes including: Maintenance work flow (planning, scheduling), Lubrication programs, Vibration analysis, Thermal analysis, Root cause analysis and FMEA, Shutdown/Turnaround planning and effectiveness, Criticality analysis, Weibull analysis.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals.

  • Strong knowledge of Integrated Facilities Management metrics, and computer-based data measurement, collection, and reporting systems.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • Able to use a drafting/CAD software programs (i.e. AutoCAD, Solid Works).

  • Experience with CMMS (i.e. Maximo) highly preferred.

  • Up to 5% travel.

About Edwards

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 10,000 individuals worldwide.

For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life. Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Title: Staff Engineer, Equipment Reliability Location: USA-USA-California - Irvine Job Number: 013324