Using FMEA and RCM to Reduce Equipment Failures


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Course Overview

Failure mode and effects analysis and reliability-centered maintenance are complementary approaches to help eliminate unplanned downtime starting with the most critical equipment. Learn the methods that transformed both the airline industry and the military to step function change in results by enrolling today!

In this course, you will learn:

  • The applications of RCM and FMEA
  • How FMEA and/or RCM can improve the reliability of your key assets
  • How to perform an equipment FMEA
  • The steps for completing the RCM process

Who Should Attend?

  • Maintenance and asset managers
  • Plant and facility engineers 
  • Reliability engineers 
  • Managers of preventive or condition-based and predictive maintenance programs 
  • CMMS coordinators or managers 
  • Maintenance leads and technicians

Additional Information

This course is part of the Maintenance and Reliability Management Certificate. Enhance your maintenance skills while earning a recognized credential.

Course Outline

The Components of a Reliability Engineering Maintenance Program

  • Reliability-centered maintenance
  • Criticality analysis
  • FMEA
  • Preventive maintenance optimization
  • RCA
  • Reliability engineering
  • Capital project management

Basics of Performing an Asset Criticality Analysis

Asset Criticality Analysis Workshop

Implementing FMEA and/or RCM Processes: How to

  • Sell the benefits of FMEA and RCM management, technicians, and production
  • Form and manage the team - FMEA and RCM
  • Streamline (faster with less effort and high-quality results)
  • Identify functional requirements of production and facility assets
  • Identify the failure modes for each functional requirement
  • Define the effects for each failure mode
  • Define the root causes of each failure mode
  • Identify current controls that will prevent the cause of failure modes or detect a failure mode before an asset breaks down or that will mitigate the effects of a failure mode
  • Brainstorm proactive actions that will reduce the risk or likelihood of an asset/equipment breakdown
    • condition-based monitoring or predictive maintenance technologies
    • preventive maintenance programs
    • replacement part inventories
  • Implement proactive actions


George Williams

George is the founder and CEO of ReliabilityX. He has a master’s degree in reliability engineering from Monash University. He began his career working for his father in maintenance – performing PMs on trucks and trailers – while in high school. George spent 16 years with a major pharmaceutical company, where he began as a technician and worked his way up to global asset management. In 2015, George’s global team won the Uptime Award for Best Maintenance and Reliability Program. He is a certified maintenance and reliability professional and certified reliability leader. In 2016, he was recognized by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals as Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional of the Year. He has earned certifications in vibration analysis, infrared thermography, ultrasound, motion amplification, and plant maintenance management. George is a published author and a recognized leader in reliability. He’s been teaching maintenance and reliability classes for UW-Madison Interdisciplinary Professional Programs since 2010.

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Program Director

Jon Wellik

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