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C904: RCM ProAktiv: Advanced Reliability Centred Maintenance

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Excellence in RCM practice: RCM ProAktiv


The idea of RCM was conceived in the late sixties of the previous century by the airline industry to achieve acceptable levels of maintenance for aircraft. This was followed by a carry-over of these concepts first to the military and then to general industry (circa 1980).

RCM has been practiced widely since then, but especially so from the early nineties. It has now become necessary to take RCM practice to a new, advanced level.

RCM ProAktiv does exactly this by developing the original RCM methodology both in width and depth of application. In the present course known RCM concepts are thus revisited, expanded, and explored comprehensively.

This course is based on the book RCM ProAktiv: a proactive approach to Reliability Centered Maintenance - a complete view, by our principal, Dr Jasper L. Coetzee. Dr Coetzee is also lecturing this particular course.

Because of the advanced nature of the course, candidates that want to enrol need to either have an engineering degree (B.Eng., BSc (Eng) or B.Tech), or alternaltively have successfully completed the following two courses as a prerequisite for this course:

  • C702: Reliability Engineering in Asset Management
  • C903: RCM Facilitation and Analysis

This is to ensure that participants will adequately cope with the course content. Exceptions to this rule is possible, but will have to be suitably motivated.

This course thus builds on the foundation already established in our C702 and C903 courses. Apart from shortly revisiting the Reliability and RCM foundations, the student should be in a position to quickly grasp and use the advanced concepts as taught in this course.


Course Content


Module 1 – Essential background

  • An overview of the RCM process
    • RCM - a definition
    • Historic review
    • Structure of RCM
  • RCM in organisational context
    • Conceptual framework
    • The Maintenance Cycle
    • Maintenance a ‘ holistic’ problem
    • Maintenance Risk and its reduction
    • Maintenance Strategy options
  • The context of RCM

Module 2 – A foundation for applying RCM ProAktiv successfully

    • Problem Areas
      • Problems in the application of RCM
      • Problems in the definition of RCM
      • The scientific basis of RCM
    • RCM Framework
      • Outline of the RCM process
      • Preservation of function
      • Tracking diagram
    • Preparing for RCM Application
      • Determining the scope of RCM application
      • Information assembly

Module 3 – Finding the failure modes that will lead to an excellent maintenance plan

    • Identification of failure modes
      • FMEA process
      • Identification of functions, functional failures, failure modes, and failure effects
      • Example application
    • Prioritisation of failure modes
      • FMECA process further developed
      • The risk approach
      • Classification of failure modes
    • Case Study part 1

Module 4 – An advanced view of the Task Selection process

  • Task types
  • Task selection process
  • Technical/Economical Feasibility
  • Technical selection criteria
  • Default tasks
    • Classical RCM
    • RCM ProAktiv
  • Documenting the task selection results
  • Case Study part 2

Module 5 – Assembling and implementing the RCM ProAktiv Maintenance Plan

  • Putting the RCM ProAktiv Plan together
    • Finding the correct task frequencies
    • Performing task packaging
    • Critically assess whether the plan will achieve the goals
  • Putting the RCM ProAktiv Plan into effect
    • The benefit of limiting the scope of RCM
    • RCM in task context
    • Practical application issues
      • Progressive application
      • Continuous improvement
  • Factors governing the success of the RCM ProAktiv process




Who Should Attend


The C904 course is recommended for Reliability Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Asset Managers, and RCM Facilitators that intend enriching their practice of RCM to a full RCM ProAktiv level.

Important note: Laptop computer required – refer to terms and conditions on Course Registration form, and footnote on the Course Listing.



 Credits 20*, level 6**                                   

* The course comprises 100 hours of study, of which 40 hours are in class, with a further 60 hours for an assignment.

**Higher Diploma level


Textbook Provided 

RCM ProAktiv

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