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Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) identifies the equipment in a facility that requires maintenance on a preventive basis improving the reliability threshold to almost a hundred percent. This technique is very valuable especially when considering that budgets are limited and incurring unplanned interruptions of the operation are unacceptable. RCM allows management to make important decision on the proper action to take and the components to focus their efforts on while reducing costs and remaining competitive.

This intensive course will cover fundamentals of RCM and implementation by following the processes and employing the tools available. Students will gain understanding of “Consequence of Failure Analysis (COFA)”, previously known as the “Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)”, as part of the process used to develop a Premier Reliability Program.

The course is intended for all Engineering, Maintenance, and Reliability personnel who are involved with any aspect of the Corporations’ Preventive Maintenance Program (PM Program).

The goal of this course is to present the student with the knowledge to understand, learn, establish, and implement a Modern Day World Class RCM Program. 

Course Highlights:

  • Preventative Maintenance Programs
  • Implementating an RCM program
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)
  • Consequence of Failure Analysis (COFA)
  • RCM Tools
  • RCM Analysis
  • Performance Trending
  • Instruments and Analysis
  • Historic Disasters

Course Benefits:

  • Identify weaknesses in existing programs for developing cost-effective RCM strategies that maximize resource utilization.
  • Recognize critical components, their potential failure modes, and the severity of their consequences, focusing on catastrophic events. Classify components by function and criticality for prioritized risk assessment.
  • Understand the role of CMMS in RCM. Utilize RCM tools (Logic Tree, Logic Diagram, COFA, PM Task Worksheet) to analyze equipment, develop mitigation strategies, and define preventative maintenance tasks.
  • Conduct independent RCM analyses using these tools for case studies based on real-world scenarios.
  • Define the concept of Performance Trending and explain its role in RCM. Analyze data from instruments to identify potential issues based on performance trends.
  • Develop optimized maintenance plans to prevent equipment failures.
  • Analyze historical disasters and explore how RCM implementation could have prevented them.
  • Apply learnings from past incidents to continuously improve RCM strategies.

Course Typically Offered: Online, Winter and Summer quarter 

Prerequisites: Student must be (or has previously been) fully employed and should be familiar and comfortable with understanding technical issues and content.

Required Reading: Please order book before the start of the course.“Reliability Centered Maintenance – Implementation Made Simple” edition 1” by Neil Bloom from McGraw-Hill. ISBN Number 0-07-146069-1.

Next steps: Upon completion of this class, consider enrolling in other courses in the Mechanical Analysis and Design Certificate.

More information: Contact to learn more about Mechanical Analysis and Design course offerings.

Course Number: MAE-40025
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Mechanical Analysis and Design