UC-Irvine offers Reliability-Centered Maintenance course

RP news wires, Noria Corporation

The faster pace and higher stakes of the global economy have required those in plant and facilities management to increase efficiencies as much as possible while decreasing lost time due to maintenance. The adoption of Reliability-Centered Maintenance techniques for facilities, especially when applied to preventive maintenance, is gaining in popularity and directly contributing to companies’ bottom lines. To better educate facilities managers about the benefits of reliability-centered preventive maintenance, the University of California-Irvine Extension is offering a new short course entitled “Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM): Planning, Design and Implementation.” This three-day class begins Thursday, May 17 and runs through Saturday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The course will be held at the UCI Learning Center in Orange, Calif.


Course instructor Neil Bloom, B.S.M.E., is well versed in the area of Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM). For more than 30 years, he has worked in close association with the two prominent and leading-edge federal agencies responsible for reliability and safety, namely the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Bloom has been responsible for developing and managing what is, perhaps, one of the most comprehensive RCM-based preventive maintenance programs ever developed, which served to analyze more than 125,000 components at one of the country’s largest nuclear generating facilities. Bloom is the author of “Reliability Centered Maintenance – Implementation Made Simple” published by McGraw-Hill. He has been a guest speaker on RCM at some of the most prestigious national and international conferences, including the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.


“Companies have always needed the most efficient facilities available, but with the complex operating environment that now exists as a result of a more competitive global landscape, it is an even higher priority,” said Bloom. “This course is designed to communicate the value and importance of having a reliability-based preventive maintenance program and its global applicability to the corporate infrastructure.”


The course will include lectures and interactive exercises to help students better understand the benefits of a reliability-centered preventive maintenance program. At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and implement a premier RCM-based preventive maintenance program;
  • Describe the importance of reliability and preventive maintenance in the global economy; and,
  • Implement cost-effective practices using reliability and preventive maintenance methods and practices.

Participants should have a familiarity with engineering principles, industrial engineering, quality assurance/quality control, or business and management concepts or equivalent experience prior to enrolling in this course.


For more information about this course or to register, contact UC Irvine Extension at 949-824 5414 or visit www.extension.uci.edu.

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