Reliability Engineering Certification

Improving asset and capacity reliability and creating a culture of continuous improvement.

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The Clemson University Reliability Engineering Certification program is designed for people who are responsible for improving asset and capacity reliability and creating a culture of continuous improvement. This program equips participants to:

  • Build and sustain a strategic reliability engineering program
  • Prepare control strategies that reduce risk and improve asset utilization
  • Determine predictive strategies and build an effective predictive maintenance program
  • Establish a root cause analysis program that will lead to reduced downtime, increased production and a culture of continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate practical learning application
  • Use the REC title designation beside your name

Four-Course Program

The Reliability Engineering Certification is comprised of the four courses below as well as a work product requirement that will equip you to illustrate your expertise in the area of Reliability.

Risk-Based Asset Management

January 26-28, 2021 Virtual
March 23-25, 2021, Charleston, SC
August 31-September 2, 2021, Virtual
November 16-18, 2021

Explore how to improve asset availability and meet reliability goals by applying a risk-based approach to asset maintenance and operations. In the Risk-Based Asset Management (RBAM®) course, you practice how to prioritize reliability efforts on critical equipment and failures that impact your operation. RBAM incorporates reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) principles and continuous improvement practices like PDCA to position your program for decreased downtime, lower maintenance expenditures, and an acceptable total cost of ownership.

During the course, participants classify and analyze assets and failures to rank equipment criticality and draft a risk plan. Next, learners build a failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to define control strategies and populate an equipment maintenance plan. Group activities in the class include examining how life cycle cost influences investment and choosing key performance indicators to manage a reliability program. Specific emphasis will be placed on the resources needed to create an asset management plan – a risk, maintenance and asset operations plan – that can manage the entire life cycle of an asset.

This program is designed to advance these IAM course objectives:
IAM Course Objective B5 – Implementing Asset Management Plan
IAM Course Objective B6 – Assessing Asset Management Risk and Performance

Price: $1,895
CEUs: 2.1

Reliability Engineering Excellence

February 23-25, 2021, Virtual
June 1-3, 2021, Greenville, SC
August 10-12 2021, Charleston, SC

Learn how a Reliability Engineer (RE) drives the value assets can deliver by overseeing equipment life cycle performance from concept through disposal. In Reliability Engineering Excellence, REs learn to build a business case for reliability, design reliability into a system or process before it’s built, identify operating risks and solve problems in all areas of asset management. Life Cycle Institute reliability experts facilitate class activities around system reliability modeling, ISO 55000-based assessment questions and how to use leading and lagging indicators to manage a reliability program. Class participants examine the major components of an asset management plan, justify a capital project and discuss asset data management concerns.

By the end of this course you will be equipped to build and sustain a strategic Reliability Engineering program to achieve your organization’s reliability goals. Special emphasis will be placed on designing for reliability, life cycle asset management, life cycle costing, reliability and statistical analysis, measuring reliability program improvements and building organizational support for reliability.

This program is designed to advance these IAM course objectives:

IAM Course Objective B1 – The Asset Management System
IAM Course Objective B3 – Effective Asset Management Strategies and Plans
IAM Course Objective B4 – Building an Asset Management Organization

Price: $1,895
CEUs: 2.1

Root Cause Analysis

March 16-18, 2021, Virtual
May 11-13, 2021 Charleston, SC
October 26-28, 2021, Greenville, SC
November 30-December 2, 2021

Armed with what you learn in this course, you will apply a process for root cause analysis, establish a culture of continuous improvement, and create a proactive environment. Learn to ask the right questions, establish triggers that drive you to the RCA process, and perform cost-benefit analysis.

When you learn to practice true root cause analysis you are able to eliminate the latent roots and stop recurring failures once and for all. After this three-day course, you will be able to develop and implement an RCA program, thus leading your organization to reduced downtime, increased production and a more proactive culture.

Price: $1,895
CEUs: 2.1

Predictive Maintenance Strategy

March 30-April 1, 2021, Charleston, SC
July 13-15, 2021, Virtual
August 17-19, 2021, Greenville, SC

Predictive maintenance (PdM) is not a tool, technique or certification. Predictive maintenance is a philosophy that uses the equipment’s operating condition to make data-driven decisions and improve quality, productivity and profitability. Unlike industry courses that focus on applying specific technologies like vibration monitoring or oil analysis, this course focuses on establishing, managing and sustaining results from a comprehensive PdM program.

The Predictive Maintenance Strategy course considers predictive maintenance as a component of a larger asset management strategy to diagnose, prevent and postpone failures. During this three-day course, you will learn the theory and application of multiple PdM technologies. You will review critical success factors of results-producing PdM programs. Through group activities and case studies, you will determine which predictive technologies to use, how to set goals for your program, track progress and practice how to communicate results to different stakeholders. By the end of the session, you will have outlined what a successful PdM program can look like at your organization.

Price: $1,895
CEUs: 2.1

Work Product

The Reliability Engineering Certification is unique because it tests your knowledge and skills in the real-world application of reliability engineering principles.

The work product component allows you to demonstrate to yourself, your organization and your peers your competency in the real-world application of reliability engineering principles. You will put your learning into practice by applying the tools and templates provided in the four courses to a system in your facility.

Successful completion of the four courses listed above and the work product assignment result in permission to use the “REC” title designation after your name.

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I’ve gained confidence in my abilities in this field and the client feedback has been excellent. The REC Certificate provided credibility when I talk with electrical engineers and maintenance personnel.

– Doug M., Project Engineer

I feel that the REC program will make us a better company. Being an automotive supplier, everything is already very competitive. Any step we take to get more productivity, improved OEE, and better use of our resources only strengthens our position.

– Tony R., Maintenance Manager

I believe that any organization wanting to move to a reliability based culture needs to have the knowledge presented in this program, but more importantly, they need to apply it.

– Brian R., Manager Operational Excellence

The REC Work Product drives the practices and teaches the tools to identify problems in many areas of manufacturing. Not only are the tools beneficial in driving best maintenance practices but are useful in the Continuous Improvement Process and Lean Manufacturing.

– David H., Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Live Virtual Classes

Virtual, Instructor-Led Training (VILT) combines the benefits of traditional classroom training and online learning. It allows participants to have the experience of live instructor-led training without having to go to a classroom or have the instructor present in person.

Using Zoom’s technology, this video-based training allows learners to ask questions, participate in discussions, and get trained together irrespective of their location. Participants in the Institute’s virtual classes will learn the same content from the Institute’s in-person classes while participating in professionally facilitated sessions with activities that stimulate participation and learning:

  • Online breakout sessions with facilitator support
  • Individual and group assignments and discussions
  • Polls, Q&A, and online whiteboard activities that keep learners engaged

Life Cycle Institute’s virtual classes were developed by industry-leading subject matter experts and certified professional instructional designers with experience converting live, instructor-led classes into engaging and effective online learning experiences using learning best practices.

The virtual classes will entitle participants to the same CEUs as in-person classes and will also count toward certification.

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Program Information

$1895 per course
$2495 for work product

CEUs 8.4

  • Risk-Based Asset Management
    January 26-28, 2021
    March 23-25, 2021
    Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2021
    November 16-18, 2021
  • Reliability Engineering Excellence
    February 23-25, 2021
    June 1-3, 2021
    August 10-12, 2021
  • Root Cause Analysis
    March 16-18, 2021
    May 11-13, 2021
    October 26-28, 2021, Nov. 80-Dec. 2, 2021
  • Predictive Maintenance Strategy
    March 30-April 1, 2021
    July 13-15, 2021
    August 17-19, 2021

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