This course focuses on actions project Managers and Systems Engineers can take to initiate or improve the performance of their systems.

This course covers both ‘design for RM&A’ and ‘RM&A validation’ activities to provide the viewpoints of the system developer and the end user.

This course also covers the essential mathematical calculations that are essential to initiating, specifying and testing RM&A requirements, to and includes the application of how you can use RM&A calculations to estimate and improve your overall system's availability.

What Will You Gain by Taking This Course

  • You will be able to have more informed conversations with RM&A Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) within your organization
  • You will be able to define Reliability, Maintainability & Availability - and how they relate to each other
  • You will understand the benefits and limitations of RM&A
  • You will understand fundamental RM&A tools and techniques (see curriculum below)
  • You will be able to identify and use foundational system reliability calculations
  • You will gain knowledge and understanding of Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) and other critical tools

The Reliability Module covers foundational tools & principles such as reliability in the life cycle, reliability myths, reliability requirements, failures & failure modes, failure mode effects, failure rates, and key reliability distributions such as exponential, logarithmic, gaussian, and the Weibull distribution - as well as "the bathtub curve". This module also covers Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) and Mean Time To Fail (MTTF) and other reliability measurements. Finally, this module covers extending service lives, determining reliability using networks, reliability allocation, FMEA & FMECA, and reliability prediction and growth.


The Maintainability Module covers the fundamental principles of maintainability. These include topics such as maintainability in the life cycle, maintainability requirements, Uptime (UT), Downtime (DT), preventive & corrective maintenance, Mean Time To Repair (MTTR), Level of Repair Analysis (LORA), Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM), the Potential to Functional Failure Curve, maintainability allocation, maintainability trade offs and maintainability allocations.


The Availability Module covers the fundamental principles of estimating, measuring and applying availability. This module also covers the three primary types of availability: Inherent Availability (Ai), Achieved Availability (Aa) and Operational Availability (Ao).

Example Curriculum

  Module 0: Introductions
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  Module 1: Reliability
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  Module 2: Maintainability
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  Module 3: Availability
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  Module 4: RM&A Considerations
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Audience & Prerequisites

This introductory course is designed for:

  • Project managers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Development team members
  • Acquisition team members
  • Hardware and software engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Maintenance professionals
  • Logisticians
  • Design engineers
  • Reliability newcomers
  • Product & program managers / executives

Prerequisites (preferred):

  • Product Development & Systems Engineering course
  • Algebra I & II

Suggested but not required:

  • Calculus (Integral)
  • Applied Statistics
  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus