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This course will present the ingredients of an effective, cost efficient maintenance program together with continuous improvement aspects. How to validate the cost of the program & how to justify to management any additional funding that may be necessary

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:

• Employ components of good maintenance practices that can produce the required reliability in the most cost effective manner.
• Appreciate how an existing maintenance activities can be both improved and acceptable.
• Discover the techniques and benefits for good, efficient maintenance planning
• Recognize the need for and interpretation of maintenance measures
• Apply yourself with techniques for maintenance budgeting and effective reporting
• Implement maintenance activities in line with your company’s requirements.


Not all of the plant facilities and equipment require high reliability; economically some components can be allowed to ‘run to failure’ and a ‘reasonable’ level of reliability is acceptable for other components. A cost effective maintenance program should therefore address the ‘required’ reliability only. 

Poor maintenance programs and activities often lead to lost production and spiralling upward costs resulting from escalating equipment unreliability.  Conversely, an effective maintenance program can be the target of budget cuts since the benefits of the existing expenditures occasionally go unrecognized by those outside the maintenance organization.  Ideally, therefore, a good maintenance program should provide the required reliability at minimum cost. Further, the validity of the program should be continuously acknowledged by management. 

This course will present the ingredients of an effective, cost efficient maintenance program together with continuous improvement aspects.  It will also show not only how to validate the cost of the program but will also show how to justify to management, any additional funding that may be necessary.  During the course there will be several exercises designed to provide a practical explanation of some of the material presented.


• To outline the features of optimum preventive and corrective maintenance activities.
• To provide techniques and ideas to both minimize costs and achieve the desired reliability.
• To provide strategies that can be applied to enhance, change or improve an existing maintenance practices or can used to develop
   new maintenance processes.
• To provide information on how to ensure that senior management is conversant with the necessity of the maintenance work conducted
   and its cost.
• To explore existing maintenance issues and provide an information exchange with other course participants.

Who Should Attend

Staff involved in the maintenance of equipment and facilities including plant engineers, supervisors and managers; maintenance engineers, supervisors and managers; maintenance planners; property/facility managers who are responsible for ensuring that equipment and facilities operate in an economic and reliable fashion; consulting engineers; design engineers; industrial engineers; production and managers.

You Will Receive:
A copy of the book, UPTIME - Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Preliminary Questions

Maintenance Philosophy and Strategy
• Overview of  maintenance programs
• Definition of maintenance terms
• Roles and responsibilities
• Maintenance strategy
• Prioritizing maintenance work

Effective Maintenance Practices
• Regulations, Codes and Standards
• Preventive maintenance tasks and frequencies
• Maintenance procedures
• Maintenance spare parts
• Reviewing an existing preventive maintenance program
• Making the right economic decisions
• Management systems

Maintenance Staffing
• Shift scheduling
• Multi-skilling
• Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
• Contracting out maintenance activities

Efficiently Applying Reliability Centered Maintenance
• Background
• Description of process
• Templates

• To enhance understanding of the principles presented, attendees will be divided into working groups to develop maintenance tasks and
   frequencies for a particular device.  Comparative solutions will then be presented under the guidance of the instructor.

Summary of Day 1

Questions and Answers

4:00      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      Maintenance Planning and Scheduling
• Overview of planning and scheduling
• Preventive maintenance program planning, scheduling and time estimating
• Corrective maintenance planning, scheduling and time estimating
• Corrective maintenance planning tools
• Backlogs
• Emergencies
• Minor adjustments and repairs
• Unexpected outage opportunities
• What the planner/scheduler needs to know
• Long term maintenance requirements

General Maintenance Information
• Equipment lockout/tagout
• Lubrication
• Material degradation
• Non-Destructive Examination (NDE)
• Vibration monitoring
• Acoustic monitoring
• Equipment condition instrumentation

Monitoring and Reporting Maintenance Activities
• Useful measures
• Benchmarking
• Maintenance auditing
• Reporting
• Budgeting

Effectively Managing Maintenance Work
• Limits for corrective maintenance and acceptability
• Documentation
• Historical records and analysis

Final Questions

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30      Summary and Final Adjournment 
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Daily Schedule:
8:00   Registration and coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment


Alan Powell
Mr. Alan Powell is a Program Director with EPIC (Educational Program Innovations Center) who has over 30 years experience in the maintenance of industrial facilities.  After graduating with a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester in England, he immigrated to Canada. During his career he has developed maintenance programs, introduced significant maintenance cost saving concepts and managed a process to revise the preventive maintenance program in many large facilities. He has authored and presented several papers on maintenance at national and international conferences.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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