Leading for Sustainability and Profitability New

Upcoming dates (1)

May 7-9, 2024

Madison, WI or Live Online

Course Overview

A note from the instructor:
LinkedIn Nation!  I’ve been fielding inquiries regarding the upcoming University of Wisconsin Leading for Profitability and Sustainability course.  I’ve mentioned this course many times in this space.

As many of you have guessed correctly, this course will give you the insight and the tools to fashion the business case you’ll need to secure resources for a powerful maintenance and reliability program.  We (maintenance folks) aren’t typically trained in ‘business’ but to gain the resources and respect we need, we have to educate ourselves.  Get that education here!

You won’t find another course like this, anywhere.  This is exclusive to U of W.  You and I will spend three days forming our position on leadership and leading (for starters) and then we’ll walk through the three basics of profitability and sustainability…people, processes, and capital.

Maintenance has to speak money…we do that by understanding profitability.  We also need to have sustainable programs, and that means that the processes are evolving to meet the demands of the future.

If your company doesn’t require profitability or sustainability, save your time.  On the other hand, if your organization could benefit from leaders with the ‘know-how,’ this is the place to be.

Who Should Attend?

This course is encouraged for any professional engaged in creating avenues and leading the efforts towards sustainability and profitability.

  • Plant or site leadership
  • Executive leadership or sponsors of change
  • Plant engineers
  • Maintenance managers and supervisors
  • Continuous Improvement managers
  • Production supervisors and managers
  • Non-technical and non-production managers and supervisors
  • Safety, quality HR managers and supervisors

Additional Information

Companies don’t typically manage their way to sustainability and profitability.  That requires leadership.  Through this program and engaged participation in the exercises and discussions, participants will connect the dots to further appreciate the cause and effect of current practices and begin to see the path to sustainable growth with application to any organization.

This course is part of the Technical Leadership Certificate and Maintenance and Reliability Management Certificate. Course may be taken individually as well.

Course Outline


  • Welcome and orientation
  • Philosophy
  • Definitions
  • Continuous Improvement
  • World Class

Organizational objectives translated into reliability goals

  • Profitability
  • Sustainability
  • Assets
  • Asset Reference Plan

The science of maintenance and reliability

  • How failures happen
  • Failure patterns
  • Deterioration (P-F) curve
  • Failure quadrants
  • Blinded me with science
  • The payoff

Precision maintenance

  • Precision vs. accuracy
  • Availability
  • Precision tools and methods
  • P-F

Proactive maintenance

  • Calculating reliability
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Growth of reliability

Total Productive Maintenance as it pertains to Profitability and Sustainability

  • History/overview
  • Maintenance excellence
  • Basic Equipment Care (BEC)
  • Equipment improvement
  • Equipment design excellence
  • Knowledge & Skills

Asset management

  • Asset management
  • Maintenance strategy
  • Communication
  • Business centered maintenance


John Ross

John L. Ross, Jr has been a practitioner of maintenance and reliability for almost four decades. He is a former Captain in the United States Air Force, a Distinguished Graduate of both the Aircraft Maintenance Officer School and the Squadron Officer School. John is a Gulf War veteran.

He is a published author of almost two dozen articles and two best-selling books: The Reliability Excellence Workbook, From Ideas to Action; Cover You’re A$$ets, Asset Management at Your Place and at Your Pace.

John is the President of the international reliability consulting company, Maintenance Innovators, Inc., a global thought leader in equipment reliability. John is the co-founder of the American Reliability & Maintenance Institute; creators and administrators of the Certified Storeroom Manager, Certified Storeroom Technician, and the Certified Professional Reliability Engineer certifications.

John is a certified Lean Manufacturing facilitator, Process Safety Management SME, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP). John holds a U.S. Patent, an A.S., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.

Upcoming dates (1)

Program Director

Jon Wellik

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