Do you need (or want) to learn about reliability engineering - but don't know where to start?

... if you like simple, simple, simple explanations, this course is for you.


You can't find anyone who doesn't want reliability.

It is a lot harder to find people who know how to get it.

Failure is a random process. But just because something is random - doesn't mean it is unpredictable.


This 40-hour course focuses first on reliability management. Which includes helping you understand the value of reliability in a way that (for example) can make your supervisors and bosses excited. But perhaps more importantly, this will help you show how you and your (newfound) reliability skills can make you valuable to your team. 

Reliability happens at the point of decision. A common issue with reliability engineering effort is that we tend to do 'reliability stuff' without knowing why. This course helps you understand why you should do a reliability activity - in a way that generates value. This means reliability activities have to be linked to decisions that (for example) prevent defects from being designed into your product, service, or system. The first part of this course helps you make this link. Which also means you should be able to work out which activities you have 'always' done which don't add value. So you can realize efficiencies by focusing on the vital few ways your product, system or service can fail.

The next part of this course focuses on teaching how to apply basic reliability engineering principles. This includes probability, statistics, system reliability modelling and data analysis. This course teaches you these concepts based on the simple and logical process you follow during design, manufacture and maintenance. There are potentially thousands of different 'reliability activities' that are regularly practiced, and this course helps you work out which ones matter to your organization. 

We also teach key activities like probability plotting, designing for maintainability, manufacturing for reliability and other 'mainstream' reliability activities. This includes an overview of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) along with other testing methodologies. But we make sure that each lesson is linked back to an underlying purpose or reason for doing it. Along with understanding how much value it adds.

The main focus of this course is to make you a better reliability engineer - without an intimidating list of bullet points and equations


This is a 40-hour, live, online course delivered by one of our instructors. The course is broken down into  10 x 4-hour lessons delivered over a period of two weeks. But don't forget ... you will have access to the recorded lessons for 12 months.

The fundamental aim is to introduce students to reliability engineering. This is only the start of your reliability learning process, but you will be able to go back to your workplaces armed with the ability to understand the value of reliability and how it helps your business. Which makes you a better engineer.

The course is broken down into 10 sessions.

Session #1 - Why is this [reliability] valuable to you? ... where we start to talk about the value of reliability engineering and how to work it out for your organization.

Session #2 - What is reliability? ... to you and your organization? ... which includes how we go about defining what we want to get in terms of reliability and the (high-level) approach to getting there.

Session #3 - How does your team make reliability happen? ... where we talk about how your organization gets from where it is now to one that can create value from your reliability.


Session #4 - How do YOU make reliability a thing? ... reliability happens at the point of decision - and by decision we mean something that influences the design or configuration of your thing. Which means you need to 'win friends' and value good behaviors. And lead.


Session #5  - How do we stop failure happening? ... which revolves around 'smart design' - the opposite of 'dumb design.'  Here we talk about design activities and how we deal with the (unfortunate) uncertainty we always see when we talk about reliability engineering.

Session #6  - How do we tolerate things not being perfect? ... where we start to look at designing (and modeling) systems with redundancy and other tricky little things that mean it won't stop working when something bad happens.

Session #7 - How we describe (random) failure? ... where we start to think about how we describe the random nature of failure in a way that helps us. Oh and this is where we talk about probability distributions.

Session #8 - How do our components fail? ... where we use some of the things we have learned to try and describe what we think is happening. Which means we can then fine-tune what we think when we get data. This includes Root Cause Analysis (RCA).

Session #9 - How reliable are our components? ... and our system? ... where gather data to create information - remembering that we need to understand how confident we are in the outcomes. And turn it into meaningful reliability characteristics that help us make decisions.

Session #10 - How do we keep our things working? ... where we make sure our 'thing' is easy to maintain, manufactured or coded in a way that minimizes defects, and helps inform how much support it needs. And then go do it!


We have some more stuff for you below. You can use this course description if you need to show your HR department some more detail. 


A lot.

Our live courses are run by instructors in our own studios. Everything looks and sounds sharp. And if there are lots of students, we have assistant instructors who can answer all your questions quickly and succinctly as we go. 

Our catalogue courses are experiences that you will remember. We have scriptwriters who do nothing else but make sure we use words that make sense to everyone. We have animators and video editors who create visual learning cues and images to make concepts easy to grasp. And because we break our lessons into 15-minute chunks - you can really go at your own pace.

But there is more - you will get access to a specially created course webpage for 12 months. So you can (re)watch all live course lessons. So if you can't make it one day (or all days!) you don't have to miss a thing. This webpage will include all your learning resources such as handouts and charts. And of course you can talk to an instructor at any stage, schedule conversations if you are having trouble ... and pretty much anything else you can think of.