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Reliability, Maintenance & Operability


To develop the skills and knowledge to be able to apply confidently reliability and maintenance concepts to business operations, and understand their impact on operational performance.

Although the module content is generic, case studies, exercises and guest speakers will provide Defence & Security context.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate availability of assets by the use of reliability and maintenance concepts and metrics
  • Select and apply reliability tools including Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD) to improve reliability and maintenance
  • Make business and operation decisions by interpreting lifetime data analysis of repairable and non-repairable items.
  • Optimise maintenance practice through the application of comprehensive knowledge of maintenance methods and philosophies
  • Make operational decisions based on the cost of ownership of assets, as modelled by whole life cycle costing
  • Evaluate and critique the application of international or other standards in the management of assets to deliver high availability


  • Introduction to Reliability, Availability and Maintenance (RAM)
  • Quality Function Deployment (QFD )
  • RAM tools – FMEA, FTA, RBD, Markov Analysis
  • Asset management
  • Data analysis of RAM for aiding operational decisions
  • Maintenance methods and RCM exercise
  • Life cycle costing methods


4000 words assignment (70% weighting) plus in-module exercise assessment (20% weighting) and reflective writing on module learning outcomes (10% weighting)


One week; including 16.5 hours Lectures/Seminars and 16.5 hours Practical Class/Workshops