UCLA Extension

Developing a Preventive Maintenance Program Using Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

3-Day Short Course

The faster pace and higher stakes of the global economy have required corporations to significantly increase efficiency, while at the same time decrease lost time due to unplanned and unscheduled maintenance. The recognition of a premier preventive maintenance program based on the principles of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) techniques has become a key factor for directly contributing to a company’s bottom line while simultaneously enhancing the safety, reliability, and sustainability objectives for the corporate assets.

Complete Details

This course explores in detail the process and methodology for creating, developing, and implementing a premier preventive maintenance program based on the principles of RCM. Preventive maintenance has been taken to a whole new level of understanding and insight. Participants learn the reasons for, and the importance of, having a robust preventive maintenance program. The course also explains in detail how to avoid those pitfalls that may pose challenges to the success of the program.

Instruction includes lectures and interactive exercises to help participants better understand the benefits of a reliability-centered preventive maintenance program. At the conclusion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Develop, implement, and manage a premier RCM-based preventive maintenance program
  • Understand the importance of reliability and preventive maintenance in the global economy and more specifically within their own organization
  • Enhance safety, reliability, and cost-effective practices using reliability-based preventive maintenance methods and practices

This course is universal in its application. It is identically applicable to any facet of the aerospace industry and any type of military or commercial aircraft, power generating facility, production or manufacturing facility, or petroleum refineries, i.e., any “asset” that must be maintained. Instruction is intended for engineering directors, managers, and supervisors; maintenance directors, managers, and supervisors; systems engineers; cost control personnel; designers; quality assurance and quality control engineers; production planners and schedulers; manufacturing and production personnel; and regulatory personnel. In essence, it is intended for anyone having responsibility for ensuring the operational safety and reliability for the corporation’s assets where it is unacceptable to incur unplanned interruptions of the operation—or worse yet, an unwanted disaster.

Course Materials

The text, Reliability Centered Maintenance: Implementation Made Simple, Neil B. Bloom (McGraw Hill, 2006), is distributed on the first day and serves as the workbook for this course.

Coordinator and Lecturer

Neil B. Bloom, internationally acclaimed author and RCM expert, Dana Point, California. Mr. Bloom has over 35 years of hands-on and senior-level managerial engineering and maintenance experience in the commercial aviation and commercial nuclear power industries, having had a close working relationship with both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He held positions in maintenance engineering, maintenance procedures, and policy administration for Southern California Edison at their San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. For 14 years he was the program manager for RCM and Preventive Maintenance there. Prior to working at SCE, Mr. Bloom worked as a systems engineer, manager of Intermediate Aircraft Maintenance, and administrative assistant to the Vice President of Aircraft Maintenance for Eastern Airlines. He was also a member of the Maintenance Review Board for the Lockheed L1011 and worked with MSG Logic, which was the forerunner to RCM.

Mr. Bloom is the author of the course textbook, Reliability Centered Maintenance: Implementation Made Simple, and has written articles for the magazines, Maintenance Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Uptime, and Reliability. He has been a guest speaker on RCM at many national and international conferences, such as those organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Nuclear Society (ANS), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

Mr. Bloom received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami.


Day 1

  • Introduction to Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
  • Background of MSG logic and RCM
  • Real-life disasters caused by inadequate preventive maintenance programs
  • Challenges of implementing an RCM-based PM program
  • How to avoid the pitfalls
  • Explanation of the RCM concepts
  • The three phases of a RCM-based PM program
  • Understanding different failure modes
  • Understanding the “cannon law” for run-to-failure
  • Understanding “hidden failures”
  • The “Missing Link” of RCM
  • What RCM is and what it is not
  • Understanding the differences between redundant, standby, and backup functions

Day 2

  • Preventive maintenance program implementation
  • Databases
  • Informational resources
  • Information technology: software
  • RCM made simple: the implementation process
  • Defining an asset reliability strategy
  • Minimum equipment list for aircraft departure eligibility
  • Understanding the Consequence of Failure Analysis (COFA)
  • Completing the COFA worksheet
  • The RCM decision logic process
  • Preventive maintenance: task selection
  • Time-directed tasks
  • Condition-directed tasks
  • Failure-finding tasks
  • Completing the PM task worksheet
  • Predictive Maintenance (PdM) techniques
  • Probabilities as they relate to preventive maintenance
  • Sampling techniques

Day 3

  • Performing a “hands-on” RCM analysis
  • RCM for instruments
  • The Instrument Logic Tree
  • The RCM “Living Program”
  • Craft feedback evaluation element
  • Corrective Maintenance (CM) evaluation element
  • Vendor manuals and bulletins
  • FAA airworthiness directives
  • Root cause analyses
  • Preventive maintenance program audits
  • A monitoring and trending strategy
  • How to measure reliability
  • How to monitor reliability
  • How to trend reliability
  • Aggregate metrics
  • Avoiding misleading KPI metrics
  • RCM as an aerospace culture
  • Step-by-step review of the entire process

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815