Course Cost €950

Date: 12th – 14th November 2019

Location Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin


Reliability Improvement is designed to guide participants through the major factors that must be considered in order to assess and improve the reliability of all types of equipment whether it is static, rotating, electrical distribution, computer, instruments or control. All technical and human aspects are fully considered in all stages of the life of equipment such as new design, commissioning, operation, maintenance, life extension and finally de-commissioning. It has been designed to illustrate fundamental reliability concepts and vital tools without getting drawn into complex mathematics.

Its purpose is to bridge the gap between what can be the rather theoretical subject of “reliability” and day-to-day activities such as design, operation and maintenance by emphasizing the common goals and team work required between the different groups, departments and organisations involved. Participants are encouraged to bring their failure statistics (motors, pumps, machinery components etc.) for analysis.

Who Should Attend

This practioner course is designed for:

  • Engineering & maintenance managers who wish to set up a focused reliability improvement programme which delivers bottom line benefits.
  • Reliability engineers, project managers, asset managers, and operations managers who wish to strengthen their skills in the practical application of reliability engineering

Seminar Objectives

  • To gain an understanding of the importance of reliability in today’s business environment.
  • To gain experience in applying important reliability improvement tools
  • To use reliability principles to ensure that assets achieve full performance as soon as possible
  • To use reliability to ensure that assets are operated and maintained cost-effectively
  • To gain an understanding of the importance of equipment failure and / or repair data collecting.
  • To learn to apply statistical techniques for the analysis of this data
  • To formulate maintenance, inspection and operating strategies designed to maximise asset availability.
  • To perform Failure Mode and Effect Analyses (FMEA) and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
  • To understand the principles of Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).
  • To learn how to apply rational benefit-cost analysis for reliability upgrading projects
  • To leave with several techniques that be applied immediately to improve equipment maintenance, operation, commissioning, installation and procurement.
  • To illustrate the application of the above reliability techniques via industrial case studies.
  • To illustrate the importance of an integrated reliability improvement strategy for all assets.

 Course Content 

  • Strategic Importance of Reliability
  • Benefits of Reliability Engineering
  • Models of reliability
  • Relationship between Reliability, safety and quality
  • The reliability function in the organisation
  • Reliability in product & process development
  • Failure consequence and liability management
  • Reliability Program Management
  • Reliability and Risk Assessment
  • Maintaining Reliability
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Data collection, management and analysis
  • Failure modes & effects analysis
  • Case Study Examples

 Assessment and Certification

A Certificate of Completion is awarded on submission of a home assignment post training. This assignment will entail self-directed learning, including research, reading, study, reflection and preparation of assessment work. Participants will be asked to submit their assessment work for grading within one month of the course completion. The trainer will be available off-site for questions on this assignment.

Trainer Profile

Gavin Crawford combines reliability improvement techniques and general management consulting skills to help clients transform business strategy and performance as well as providing expert witness services in legal matters.   He has 30 years of experience in physical asset optimization and implementation across energy, utilities, and other industry sectors. This includes 15 years working for Schlumberger, the last 11 of which were in Schlumberger Business Consulting (SBC). Gavin was a member of the Aladon™ Reliability-centred Maintenance (RCM) network.


Engineers Ireland – CPD Credits awarded CPD Credit = 16 Hours CPD | C1