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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Ned H. Criscimagna ( )
Date posted: Fri Sep 25 15:26:46 US/Eastern 1998
Subject: Has DoD Deserted R&M?
Have Reliability and Maintainability Been Deserted by Dod? In the Second Quarter, 1998 issue of the RAC Journal (available on-line at URL ), my article on this subject appeared. The real question is what has motivated the DoD and military services to reduce their staffs dedicated to R&M? Even the Rome Laboratory (now the Air Force Laboratory Information Directorate) has relinquished its R&M role, a role not assumed by any other Air Force organization. What do you think prompted these actions? Do you see similar reductions in the numbers of R&M engineers employed in industry? If so, to what do you attribute these reductions? I really would like to hear your views.


Subject: Reliability Engineering Growth
Reply Posted by: Joe Dzekevich ( )
Organization: 3Com Corporation
Date Posted: Wed Oct 21 16:33:40 US/Eastern 1998
I think the reliability field reflects the industry it is in. If the industry is healthy and growing, it is hiring reliability engineers. If the industry is declining it is downsizing reliability engineers. We in the networking industry have been hiring reliability engineers. Likewise, our Boston IEEE chapter membership seems to have bottomed out and has rebounded a bit. On top of that, our local IEEE reliability chapter newsletter has been collecting more reliability wanted links by growing industries that need reliability engineers. From my viewpoint, we are on the rebound.

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