Maintenance & Reliability Management Online Course & Certificate

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20 contact hours
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2 Continuing Education Units
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Understanding effective reliability and maintenance management best practices are critical for maintenance professionals. The costs associated with equipment downtime and reduced production can be significant.  Learning how to effectively manage all aspects of your industrial facility is a must.

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Fundamentals is an introductory course that presents the principles of maintenance and reliability engineering, and maintenance management. This course delivers key practical and new maintenance and reliability best practices concepts, such as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). Topics include maintenance basics, function, failure (types and consequences), risk (identification and management), planned maintenance, and analysis techniques.

After completion of Reliability Centered Maintenance Fundamentals, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • What is maintenance and reliability
  • How does maintenance and equipment function relate
  • What is failure
  • How to assess and manage risk
  • What are the 3 categories of maintenance
  • What are functional failures and failure types
  • What is planned maintenance
  • What are the maintenance analysis tools
  • How to apply these concepts to your organization


A basic understanding of manufacturing is recommended.


 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam. 

Module 1: Maintenance Overview

  • What is maintenance?
  • Why do we perform maintenance?
  • What is the significance of age in its relationship to maintenance?

Module 2: Maintenance & Equipment Function

  • What is the intended purpose of equipment?
  • Function in its relationship to maintenance.
  • Equipment function classifications.
  • Equipment design vs. functional requirements.

Module 3: Failure

  • What is failure?
  • Why do “like” items fail at different ages?
  • Why do hidden failures require special attention?

Module 4: Risk Management

  • What is risk?
  • How does risk apply to maintenance planning?
  • What is “dominant failure”?

Module 5: Types of Maintenance

  • Corrective maintenance
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Alternative maintenance

Module 6: Preventive Maintenance Task Types

  • What are the various preventive maintenance tasks categories?
  • What are the differences between each task?
  • What constitutes an “applicable” preventive maintenance task?
  • What constitutes an “effective” preventive maintenance task?

Module 7: Functional Failures and Failure Effects

  • Material properties and fatigue of materials.
  • Characterization of structural fatigue.
  • Function
  • Functional Failure
  • Failure Modes
  • Failure Cause
  • Failure Effects

Module 8: Failure Consequences

  • What is Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)?
  • What are the failure consequences evaluated in RCM?
  • What is the criteria used in evaluating RCM failure consequences?
  • How do we mitigate RCM failure consequences?
  • What are the RCM actions to be evaluated for implementation?

Module 9: Planned Maintenance System Basics

  • Maintenance Policy
  • Maintenance Administration
  • Maintenance Performance
  • Maintenance Logistics

Module 10: Maintenance Analysis Techniques

  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Failure Mode & Effective Analysis
  • Pareto Analysis and Ishikawa (fishbone) diagrams
  • The 5 Whys Technique and Application
  • Decision Tree Analysis


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System. 

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