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Fundamentals of Reliability-Based Maintenance

Learn the fundamental reliability engineering concepts that help better maintain complex systems and equipment.
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Learn the fundamental reliability engineering concepts that help better maintain complex systems and equipment.

Across all sectors of engineering, including oil and gas, mining, utilities, defence and manufacturing, the design of systems and equipment is becoming more complex. This has resulted in the increased need for effective maintenance strategies to analyse and predict future reliability performance of infrastructure, facilities, and assets.

This two-day course will introduce you to fundamental reliability engineering concepts such as reliability-based maintenance, condition monitoring, Risk Based Inspection (RBI), Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) and Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA). You’ll also learn the characteristics of functional failure, how to identify and apply the most suitable maintenance strategies and much more.

As a participant, you will be able to use basic maintenance and reliability principles to analyse and predict future reliability performance of operating assets, as well as developing appropriate maintenance strategies for practical application within the workplace.

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2 Days

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Face to Face
Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Learn and understand basic reliability engineering principles and how this knowledge can be applied to the development of maintenance strategies and contribute to plant performance optimization. 
  • Learn and understand about equipment failures and failure characteristics, and how this knowledge can be used to develop appropriate maintenance strategies/ activities that will improve Reliability and Availability.
  • Understand the advantages of Condition Based maintenance techniques and their application.
  • Understand how and when to use the FMEA and RCM analysis processes.
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits anyone involved in maintenance and reliability engineering tasks. It will be particularly useful for:

  • Reliability engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Asset management professionals
  • Maintenance supervisors 
  • Asset Managers
  • Operations Personnel
  • Facility Engineers

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

Day one — Introduction to reliability-based maintenance concepts

  • Reliability, availability and maintainability fundamentals
  • Understanding of failure patterns
  • Preventative, predictive and reactive maintenance concepts
  • Failure modes: effect causes and analysis
  • Standardised maintenance strategies and how they are applied.
  • Maintenance strategy identification and development

Day two — Understanding reliability-based maintenance fundamentals

  • Condition monitoring benefits and values
  • Risk-based inspection principles (RBI)
  • Reliability centred maintenance
  • Reliability centred maintenance: The 7 basic questions
  • Determining potential failure intervals (P-F Intervals)
  • Reliability-based maintenance process and implementation
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

4. Develop safe and sustainable solutions
6. Identify, assess and manage risks
13. Local engineering knowledge
14. Problem analysis
16. Evaluation

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.

Alastair Krebs
Good overview of maintenance concepts and processes.
participant, 2019
Most valuable aspect for me was being introduced to the framework and theory behind RCM.
Gavin, 2019
Engaging course and facilitator who answered all queries throughout the two days.
Kupudui, 2019
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