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Reliability for Engineering Managers

... a 1-day course for engineering managers:
  • What is wrong with conventional wisdom on reliability engineering?
  • What is the real meaning of Mean Time Between Failure?
  • Why should prototypes be tested beyond specification limits (as in HALT)?
  • Why should reliability not be the responsibility of logistics or maintenance?
  • What can be learned from the latest reliability engineering standards?

The objective of this course is to provide engineering managers (including systems engineers, project managers, quality managers, logistics managers and maintenance managers) with an overview of modern reliability engineering.  The course refers to conventional wisdom on reliability to indicate that many “industry standard” practices are incorrect and misleading.  It argues that the focus of reliability engineering should be on value adding “engineering” activities, and not on “accounting” activities.  Reliability can be defined as the “absence of failures".  The emphasis of reliability engineering should therefore be on "failure prevention" during development and production, and not on "failure correction" during operations.  Course topics have been selected to show “what” should be done to improve reliability, and not on “how” to perform individual reliability tasks.

Course contents

What is reliability engineering? Reliability analysis methods
The real meaning of MTBF Reliability testing and HALT
Why do products fail? Examples of good practices
Reliability programmes Management of reliability