Basic Reliability Management

  • Course level: Intermediate


This course will provide an understanding of the basics of reliability, the various components of a successful reliability program, how to build and manage it. This is intended for those who are responsible for reliability in their operational environments, the maintenance engineers, reliability engineers, their supervisors, and their managers.

We introduce some basic reliability mathematical concepts but do not go deeply into those here. It is not necessary to be an expert with math to manage the program. For a deeper dive into the math, our advanced reliability course is recommended.

1.1 CEUs earned upon successful completion.

Course textbook link, “Basic Reliability Management”, by James Reyes-Picknell, 2020


What Will I Learn?

  • Understand the main components of a reliability program.
  • Understand how each component contributes value.
  • Recognize that reliability requires a concerted team effort.
  • Know basic reliability math concepts.
  • Know how to choose the most effective proactive maintenance.

Topics for this course

12 Lessons11h 07m 14s

Reliability Basics

Definitions and benefits of reliability00:25:47
Lesson 1 Quiz
Failures and consequences00:23:46
Lesson 2 Quiz
Proactive maintenance basics00:37:43
Lesson 3 Quiz

Application of reliability

Implementing Reliability

Reliability methods

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About the instructors

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James Reyes-Picknell is the author of "Uptime - Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management" (2015), “Reliability Centered Maintenance – Reengineered” (2017), and “Paying Your Way” (2020). He is a Mechanical Engineer (University of Toronto 1977) with over 43 years working in Reliability, Maintenance and Asset Management. James is widely regarded as a subject matter expert in ensuring the delivery of value from physical assets. His experience spans a wide range of industries, mostly in the private sector, many in natural resources, all dependent on physical assets for their success. James’ career includes naval service (Canada), petrochemicals, aerospace, shipbuilding, pulp and paper, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, gas and electric utilities, project management, software implementation, management consulting and training delivery. James is a professional engineer (PEng), certified management consultant (CMC), maintenance management professional (MMP), certified asset management assessor (CAMA) and certified blockchain professional (CBPro). He is the 2016 recipient of Canada’s prestigious Serio Guy Award for outstanding contributions to the profession.
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7 Courses

30 students


Material Includes

  • PDF copies of all slides (watermarked) by lesson.
  • Handout - RCM study from 1978
  • Lesson quiz for each lesson
  • Business Case Assignment
  • Final exam
  • Certificate of successful completion (if passed) showing CEUs earned


  • Students should be familiar with basic engineering concepts.
  • Students should have both statistics and calculus at the University level.
  • Ideally students have 5 or more years of experience in a production environment.
  • Course Text: Basic Reliability Management (link in course description)

Target Audience

  • Reliability Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Engineering/reliability supervisors
  • Reliability superintendents
  • Reliability and maintenance managers