Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), is a technique which allows the most appropriate maintenance tasks to be selected for equipment.

Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), is a technique which allows the most appropriate maintenance tasks to be selected for equipment. It is a rigorous technique originally developed for the Nuclear Industry in the 1960s but since that time it has also been applied successfully to a wide range of industries. It is particularly useful for heavily-regulated environments such as pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and airlines. It is also very important for organisations who wish to move toward a leaner approach to manufacturing.

FMECA should be carried out by the people who know their plant and equipment the best – the operators and technicians, supported by their supervisors and managers together with experts and other functions who contribute to reliability such as planners and supply chain. This course gives a basic understanding of the technique and how it should be applied and put to use cost-effectively.

It is very easy to fall into the trap of specifying too much maintenance when using FMECA. Participants will be given the necessary tools and confidence during the course so that only cost-effective maintenance tasks are specified.


  • To understand the reasons why equipment fails and the different ways in which it can fail
  • To be able to select the most appropriate maintenance task for the equipment in question
  • To gain a basic understanding of FMECA, where it should be applied, and how to put it to use cost-effectively

Course Contents:

How to Decide on the Best Type of Maintenance

  • The nature of failure
  • Four reasons why things fail
  • Different types of maintenance
  • Equipment functions
  • The need to focus on critical failures

How to Apply FMECA Cost-Effectively

  • Background to FMECA
  • Steps in the process
  • Root cause analysis
  • FMECA Worked example
  • Lessons learned

Participant Profile 

The target audience for the FMECA (Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis) course includes Technicians, Operators, Shift Leaders, Planners, Supervisors, Managers and Supply Chain personnel.

Trainer Profile 

Chris James delivers reliability and maintenance training, consulting and analysis in a wide range of industries for the last 10 years. A Mechanical Engineer who started his career as a Design Engineer in the Aircraft Industry. He has over 26 years’ experience implementing Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) – a process used to improve the safety, reliability and cost effectiveness of physical assets through selection of the most effective maintenance techniques and one-off changes. Employed directly for 11 years by the late John Moubray, founder of Aladon Ltd and author of the best-selling book on RCM2.

During this period helped develop Aladon’s training materials (including content in the RCM book), ran Aladon’s public RCM2 courses in the UK, managed Aladon’s worldwide network of licensees, acted as an expert for the central franchising organisation and applied RCM in a wide range of industries. Chris also developed and ran training courses to improve awareness of the range of condition-based techniques available, along with how to compare and evaluate these techniques based on technical feasibility and business impact.

Course Cost: Available on request

Duration: 1 day

Date: 20th June 2019

Location: Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, D22

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