As home to supermajors, as well as a plethora of smaller, independent energy players, the US boasts one of the largest concentrations of energy personnel in the world. With its insatiable appetite for energy resources, the United States is the world's single largest consumer of oil, using as much as 20.73 million barrels per day as of 2008. Recently, interest has peaked in the vast quantity of untapped natural gas resources in the US, the reserves of which were inventoried in 2008 at 238 Tcf, with producers specifically targeting the nation's promising shale formations for this energy commodity.
A Reliability Engineer identifies and manages asset reliability risk throughout the lifecycle of a product. This is a strategic role that is involved in the planning, designing and developing of maintenance programs. Loss elimination, risk management, and lifecycle asset management are the 3 main areas of focus for most Reliability Engineers. Reliability Engineers work extensively in plants and refineries, but can be found in other areas of the industry as well.