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Professional course

Reliability and Maintainability

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Five days
Block Release
Programme leader:
Dr John Crocker

Page last updated 10 January 2017


The aim of this course is to give a basic understanding of "Reliability" and "Maintainability" and the methods and techniques commonly used to perform analyses both during the design/specification and in-service phases of a system. Aircraft operators in general and airlines in particular are recognising the importance of high availability (gate dispatch reliability (GDR)) whilst minimising their in-service maintenance costs (DMC). In order to achieve this, the aircraft of the future will need to be more reliable, more maintainable, more supportable and more predictable.

By completing the optional course assessment, this course can contribute towards one or more of the Awards within our Engineering Career and Capability Development Framework. This framework of engineering modules gives participants the opportunity to take a flexible route towards a named Postgraduate Award, such as MSc Aerospace, MSc Professional Engineering or MSc Engineering Management.

Careers / Further study

Related courses

Below is a sample list of other related courses, for a full list of short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.

· Aerospace Design Process

· Aerospace Risk Management

· Aircraft Structural Design and Stress Analysis

· Engineering Project Management

· Flight Test Principles and Practice

· Leading Change

· Technical Business Operations

Professional accreditation

This course contributes towards the MSc Aerospace Programme, which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Both professional bodies also endorse the other professional engineering courses that we offer.

Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to undertake this course as a standalone short course without the optional module assessment.

Participants wishing to complete the module assessment are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.



The course covers the basic concepts, qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques available, and their application to design and manufacture, including:

  • Concepts of Reliability - including the use of probability distributions to describe times to failure, the relevance of the shape/variance of the distribution to the failure mode, performing a statistical analysis of in-service data to estimate the relevant parameters of these distributions, the use of Monte Carlo simulation, the relevance and types of redundancy.
  • The Application of Reliability Tools - including describing a system using reliability block diagrams (RBD), Performing a failure modes effects and criticality analysis (FMECA), performing a fault tree analysis (FTA), identifying relevant condition parameters (RCP) and relevant condition indicators (RCI).
  • Concepts of Maintainability - including the use of probability distributions to describe times to maintain, performing statistical analysis of in-service data to estimate the relevant parameters of these distributions, the relevance of levels of indenture.
  • The application of Maintainability Tools - including describing a system using maintainability block diagrams (MBD), performing a level of repair analysis (LORA)

On completion of the course, participantswill be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of Reliability and Maintainability
  • Analyse and critically evaluate a range of reliability and maintainability methods and practices applied across different industries
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the relevance of R&M to industry, system purchasers, operators and service providers, and Society in general
  • Select a simple system and apply a range of reliability techniques to it to estimate the system reliability through time and recommend possible maintenance strategies to manage system availability
  • Select a simple system and describe a number of ways in which its maintainability might be improved, ranking these in terms of their likely effect on the operational effectiveness of the system


You will be given assignment tasks that will involve investigation of specified reliability and maintainability projects or problems within your company.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£1530 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments.

Course dates

There are currently no dates available for this course. If you would like to receive notification when future dates become available, please complete the enquiry form below.


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form, or contact us on the number below.

If you wish to gain university credits by completing the assignment please register for our Engineering Career and Capability Development Framework (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator directly to make a booking).

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone:

    +44 (0)117 32 81196

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