Traditional preventive maintenance can fail to deliver cost effective and consistently high plant performance because it does not always address the root causes of failure.

Traditional preventive maintenance can fail to deliver cost effective and consistently high plant performance because it does not always address the root causes of failure, it is not always the best strategy available, and sometimes it can even be counter-productive.

RCM was developed in the Civil Aviation Industry. It is used extensively in that industry and has been used to develop aircraft maintenance programmes for several decades. It has helped deliver dramatic improvements in aircraft reliability while at the same time reducing maintenance costs.

The RCM process can be applied to any physical asset and has been used successfully in a wide range of other industries to improve reliability, safety, environmental integrity, costs and product quality.

However, if applied superficially, or poorly, the results can be disappointing.

Learn how to apply the RCM process correctly, to determine the best failure management policies to increase reliability and/or reduce costs


This course is designed to provide awareness of the RCM process and its application. In addition to presentations and discussions, delegates will lean how to apply the process through a standard case study.

The workshop content is designed to help maintenance and production personnel responsible for asset reliability.

The approach is complementary to Lean, TPM and Six Sigma improvement toolsets.

It is also relevant for managers and change agents who want create an effective equipment improvement programme to deliver the full potential.

Course Contents:

  • The development of RCM
  • The principles of RCM
  • The RCM Process
  • Functions
  • The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) including the different types of failure mode (which includes equipment deterioration, human error, design shortcomings and failures caused by operating the equipment beyond its capacity)
  • Failure Consequences including hidden failures
  • Proactive Maintenance Policies including predictive maintenance techniques (which encompasses condition monitoring, performance monitoring, product quality monitoring and the human senses)
  • What to do is Proactive Maintenance is not an option
  • Applying RCM
  • RCM Case study through course exercise
  • Examples of the successful application of RCM

Participant Profile

The target audience includes Plant Managers, Personnel from Operations and Maintenance – including Maintenance Team Leaders, Supervisors, Managers, Engineers, Crafts and Technicians, Production managers and shift supervisors and Condition Monitoring or Rotating Equipment Experts.

This course will appeal to any of these people from organisations who need safe and reliable operation of their physical assets and equipment in order to achieve their business targets. It is applicable for any organisation that needs reliable, cost effective operation of its physical assets.

Trainer Profile

 This course will be delivered by an RCM practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in the application of the process.

Are participants required to bring any items to training?

Participants are not required to bring any items to training. Notes will be provided and computers are not used during the course.


Attendees will receive an ESS Certificate of Completion.

Course Cost: €795

Duration: 2 days

Dates: TBC

Location: Dublin

This course is available to be delivered in-house, custom to your company and team needs.

Date: TBC

Location: Dublin

Trainer profile

The course is presented by Bernadette Rushe from Cordatus Consulting. Bernadette has been involved in the management of supply chain and business process improvement activities for over 20 years. She received her Lean and Six Sigma training at Dell Computer Corporation. In 2001 she left Dell to establish Cordatus. Her consulting skills and practical workshops have yielded benefits in the order of several €millions per annum to client companies. She holds a first class honours master’s degree in supply chain management.

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