Course Title: Maintenance and Reliability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Maintenance and Reliability

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Songlin Ding

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6198

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.3.19

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course reviews the key concepts and methods in reliability engineering. Using the key concepts and methods, the course examines the effect of different maintenance strategies including scheduled maintenance, preventive maintenance, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) on manufacturing and elaborates on how system output can be optimised. The advanced system diagnostics techniques of statistical process control, signal diagnostics, decision support systems will be developed through illustrated examples and case studies. These techniques are critical to the success of maintenance strategies implementation. The effect of human reliability, occupation, health and safety issues is also addressed in relation to manufacturing capacity availability.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Problem solving and decision making (analysis and synthesis, analytical and system thinking, intuition, judgement, result interpretation)

Advanced technical competence (engineering science, modelling, simulation, testing, correlation, validation, result interpretation)

Professional, legal and ethical standards(safety, environmental, quality)

The objectives of this course are:
o To develop your ability in formulating suitable maintenance strategies to achieve reliable a manufacturing system;
o To empower you with the skills to manage a manufacturing system to achieve continuous system availability for production;
o To equip you with essential system diagnosis techniques so that you can identify and take appropriate actions on error symptoms and causes of failures.

On completion, you will be able to:
o Understand the relationship of key concepts in reliability engineering and application to maintenance strategies in a manufacturing environment;
o Establish maintenance strategies according to system characteristics and design transition programs to implement these strategies;
o Manage the manufacturing organisation with highest possible availability.

Overview of Learning Activities

A combination of individual assignments, group laboratory reports.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and the RMIT Library, and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email. List of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible intern sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

A combination of individual assignments, group laboratory reports, written examination.