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Applied Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Preserving System Function based on SAE JA1011

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to RCM and its principles. It is intended for those who are interested in understanding what RCM is and how it can be applied to define technically based maintenance and reliability programs.

Course Rationale:

The application of RCM challenges the traditional
approach to equipment maintenance by moving you
from a breakdown and repair mentality to a culture of
asset management. Not only does it revolutionize
views about maintenance but also about how
maintenance, operations and engineering should
work together to drive asset performance. RCM
leads to a far broader and deeper understanding of
the organization’s assets and provides a structured
way to formally capture and transfer that knowledge
to the rest of the asset stakeholders.

This RCM workshop redefines your understanding of maintenance management and will completely transform the way that maintenance and operations people view the development of maintenance programs and their roles and responsibilities in that process. This course applies best practices in answering the seven questions of RCM using a real life, case study approach. The participants will explore the techniques required to define a maintenance program in a logical and structured way that recognizes the hidden, safety, environmental and operating consequences of failure.

By Participating you will:

  • Develop a greater awareness of the importance
    of asset failure consequences and how to
    manage them in an effective way.
  • Learn the RCM language and its importance
    to maintenance, operations and engineering
    and their understanding of equipment
    operation and maintenance.


  • Be able to evaluate maintenance and
    operational strategies that are technically
    feasible and worth doing while maximizing
    safety and environmental compliance.
  • Be prepared to participate in an RCM analysis session as a subject matter expert.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • The business case for Reliability 
  • Overview of the RCM process
    • Basic Methodology of RCM
    • Making the Right RCM Decision
  • Functions and functional failures
    • Identify the Systems and Functions
    • Prioritize Functional Needs with Criticality Analysis
    • Applying the concepts to a case study

Day 2

  • Modes and effects
    • Categories of Failure Modes
    • Applying concepts to a case study
  • Consequences – Answering the worth doing question when selecting a strategy
  • RCM Decision Flow Workshop

Day 3

  • Predictive and preventive tasks
  • Default actions – Detective tasks, modifications, procedures, or no scheduled maintenance
  • Applying and implementing the results

This course will follow a theory-application approach. Where the topics discussed will be immediately applied to a case study or a workshop activity to be completed by the participants.