Introduction to Condition Based Maintenance

  • Course level: Intermediate

About Course

Condition-based maintenance is a powerful tool if used correctly. Often misunderstood and misapplied this course clears confusion on what technologies to apply and how often they are needed. It helps technicians choose the best maintenance options for their equipment. 0.4 CEUs.


Condition-based maintenance (CBM) comprises two main parts – condition monitoring using the human senses or various technologies and, then taking preventive action if and when a fault is detected. It is often mistakenly considered to be a form of Preventive Maintenance. In fact, using CBM there is no prevention of any failures at all, there is only the identification of failures that have already begun to occur, but have not yet progressed so far as to be problematic. This course introduces basic CBM concepts, why we use it, how we use it, and how often we should use it, as well as the difference between CBM and preventive maintenance. The various technologies applied in condition monitoring: human senses, vibrations, ultrasound, oil analysis, infrared and non-destructive testing are all introduced. The significance of the Industrial Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are introduced. The student should come away with a good understanding of the technologies available for use and enough information to make informed decisions on what technologies are most applicable in a given situation.

Course earns 0.4 CEUs.

Textbooks and other references can be found by clicking here.


What Will I Learn?

  • Understand Condition Based Maintenance Concepts
  • Understand various CBM technologies
  • Learn how to apply those technologies in your application
  • Learn how to improve your PM program

Topics for this course

9 Lessons4h 15m

CBM Concepts

1 – Introduction to CBM00:38:22

CBM Technologies

Low tech High Touch and High tech Low Touch

Intro to CBM Test

About the instructors

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

  • 2 h 34 min of instructional videos
  • Copies of course slides in PDF format (downloadable)
  • 30 min quiz


  • Recommended course text (Reliability Centered Maintenance - Re-Engineered); Link in description
  • Technical background (technician, technologist, engineer)
  • Working in maintenance and/or reliability

Target Audience

  • Maintenance managers
  • Maintenance and Reliability Engineers
  • RCM analysts and facilitators
  • Maintenance technicians and technologists
  • Maintainers