Reliability Engineering in Practice

What is it all about?

With the pressure on asset managers to ensure that their ageing assets deliver better performance at a lower cost and risk, the need for competent reliability engineers has escalated. Many large organisations are recruiting and training reliability engineers to analyse asset failures, trend asset performance and health data, and carry out financial modelling to improve asset reliability cost effectively.

A competent reliability engineer can multiply their cost-to-company in terms of value-adding advice, but they require the right skills and knowledge to do this effectively.

Pragma has closely worked with a select few of its blue-chip clients to develop a unique training programme to enable reliability engineers to fulfil this new role with confidence. The course focuses of the five reliability engineering roles of:

  • RAMS analysis for new assets
  • asset care plan development
  • defect elimination
  • asset conditioning and health monitoring
  • financial decision-making.

Learners are therefore equipped with the right mixture of technical, data and financial analytical skills.

Enrol your reliability engineers now and let them start their journey towards excellence.

Who should attend?

  • Current reliability engineers
  • Young engineers who are planning a career in reliability engineering
  • Engineering managers who need to lead and guide reliability engineers

What makes it different?

This course is fundamentally different from the standard courses in the market, which cover theoretical definitions and worn-out examples. This course:

  • is shaped by the role of a reliability engineer as defined by some of our blue-chip clients
  • is practical in nature with at least 50% of the time spent on calculations, group discussions and case studies
  • was developed by our team of reliability experts and instructional designers to ensure effective learning of the key principles
  • uses Excel functionality for most of the calculations, so there is no immediate need for expensive reliability engineering software
  • covers the three pillars of reliability engineering: technical failure analysis, data analysis and financial analysis
  • helps learners to calculate the value of their recommendations and compile a business case
  • covers the important step of implementing reliability engineering in their organisations
  • is a reliability engineering boot camp which can be supplemented by other specialised training courses.

Course outline and expected outcomes

Reliability engineering in context

  • Define the term ‘reliability’ and ‘reliability engineering’
  • Explain how a reliability engineer can assist an organisation to become more competitive
  • Explain the impact of reliability engineering during the acquisition and disposal of assets
  • Explain the impact of reliability engineering during the operation and maintenance of assets
  • Explain the responsibilities of a reliability engineer

Focus on value

  • Explain the value model for business excellence
  • Explain the different ways that a reliability improvement can add value to an organisation
  • Quantify the value-add of a reliability improvement
  • Explain the format and use of a business case
  • Use different financial models to justify the investment in a reliability improvement idea
  • Compile a business case for a proposed reliability improvement

Fundamental reliability principles

  • Explain the relationship between risk, failure probability and asset reliability
  • Define an asset’s functional failures
  • Compile a frequency histogram for an asset’s failure data
  • Plot and interpret a component’s reliability function and its hazard rate
  • Differentiate between age-related and random failures
  • Explain failure progression and the P-F interval
  • Explain the impact of hidden failures on asset reliability
  • Explain the interrelationship between asset reliability, maintainability and availability in practical terms

Implementing a successful reliability programme

  • Explain the key success factors for a reliability programme
  • Define clear reliability objectives in line with the business strategy
  • Assess the current maturity of reliability engineering in the organisation and develop an improvement road map
  • Set up a reliability scorecard with KPIs and targets to monitor the success of the programme
  • Implement an effective defect elimination management process
  • Design an effective process to develop and review maintenance plans
  • Develop a process to establish a culture of data-driven decision-making in asset management
  • Ensure effective change management during the establishment of the reliability programme

Reliability processes and practices

  • Calculate an asset’s reliability in terms of mean time between failure
  • Calculate an asset system’s reliability using reliability block diagrams
  • Assess the quality of data and process raw data into meaningful information through a number of Excel functions
  • Explain the role of the reliability engineer during the development or review of asset tactics