If one compares maintenance to the human body, maintenance planning provides the thinking capacity that determines what work to do, and when, while the artisans provide the doing capacity of the hands and feet, and supervisors provide the controlling function of the brain, steering the hands and feet.
Because nothing in life takes place before it has been thought through, no worthwhile maintenance task can take place before planning (naturally including any planning done by supervisors and artisans).
No worthwhile maintenance task can take place without good planning
Maintenance planning fulfils a crucial role in the organisation. Maintenance success is absolutely dependent on good scheduling of maintenance work, proper task planning, and timely procurement of parts and materials. The Maintenance Planner plays a critical role in achieving this essential outcome.
The course thus has as its purpose to prepare Maintenance Planners for this role. This includes training in the various scheduling techniques, such as simple time slot scheduling, detailed network scheduling of maintenance shutdowns and projects, as well as batch workshop scheduling. It also includes training in task planning methods, procurement methods, use of maintenance systems, task flow optimisation, maintenance information analysis, and the support of maintenance management through well defined and formatted reporting.
The course is extremely hands-on, allowing candidates to practice the skills learnt through practical application during four to five group assignments per module. This is augmented by an application project following course completion.