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Maintenance Planning Optimisation
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Maintenance Planning Optimisation

2-Day Training Course: Designed for Maintenance Planners to Revise, Refine & Improve Efficiency. This unique course provides insights, ideas, tips & tools for use in the maintenance planning environment. It is designed for maintenance personnel who are looking to improve their quality, productivity & efficiency in a framework that’s usable

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of asset management
  • Appreciate the role that planners and other maintenance decision makers have in ensuring assets are managed to maximise their potential through their lifecycles
  • Improve your effectiveness as a decision maker by developing structure around your activities so that they align with your organisation’s asset and maintenance management framework
  • Increase your understanding of maintenance budgeting and cost management so that you can influence the decision makers into investing in maintenance rather than using it as a lever to cut costs
  • Unlock the potential of your CMMS and discuss what other software packages are available and if they are as good as the advertisements say
  • Understand what the “next steps” in maintenance management may be for your organisation and how equipment reliability can be increased by applying some proven concepts and tools

About the Course

More and more, the maintenance planner is seen as the champion of ‘The System’ but what has been done to improve their understanding of the intricacies of asset management in this new technological age? The answer is often very little. The role of maintenance planners has changed dramatically over the last 10 years with the introduction of complex CMMS and ERP systems that promise to make life easier.

While the introduction of these new and improved systems have increased our ability to gather and disseminate information, most planners and maintenance managers are starting to understand that their lives have become anything but easier.

The quality of the outputs from these systems is reliant on the quality of the inputs and these can only be assured if we have a robust management system to support maintenance, engineering and operations.

To break the cycle of rubbish and rubbish out of the CMMS we must develop the personnel in this key role and turn them into asset management planning champions. To do this they must have an understanding of asset management fundamentals and where maintenance fits into the mix. They must be able to manipulate the CMMS and use other electronic media to improve the quality of the inputs which in turn will improve the quality of the outputs.

If organisations are to move toward an asset management environment with a focus on maximising equipment life, then the planner must be seen more as a whole of life asset management planner rather than the maintenance planner of old. This course is the starting point for that transition.

Who Will Benefit

This course will benefit those who have responsibilities for the reliable performance of assets – looking to build on their knowledge and skill base.

It is specifically geared to those who already have experience in maintenance:

  • Maintenance supervisors, planners, schedulers and controllers
  • Heads and directors of operations, maintenance and production
  • Operations, plant, maintenance and production managers
  • Engineering managers, reliability engineers


Where relevant, this course work will meet the requirements qualifications within nationally recognised training packages; such as TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package, & relevant industry standards. Mapping to qualifications can be discussed during the course.

A CPD Course

For those who have a professional status and require Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to retain your status, you can use this course to fulfil the educational requirements. Contact your association to learn how.


“The process behind maintenance planner and how change in processes affects profits in the long term”
Maintenance Planner, Santos

“The instructor was inspirational, warm and built rapport with participants immediately and throughout the course. I learnt how to structure my communication in a succinct, clear and influencing way”
Senior Brand Manager, McDonalds Australia

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

Understanding asset management and where maintenance fits

  • Introduction and terminology
  • The difference between asset management and maintenance management
  • How good asset management ensures best possible life cycle cost
  • Understanding how maintenance contributes to the market value of an organisation
  • The implication of continuous improvement on asset and maintenance management
  • Management frameworks for achieving operational excellence
  • Policy paradigm

Characteristics of maintenance work

  • Identify work as emergency, disruptive or corrective
  • Effective priority setting frameworks for maintenance work orders
  • Understand the work flow associated with work initiation, screening and priority setting
  • Establishing forward logs for maintenance work

Overview of maintenance work management essentials

  • Maintenance work identification and definition
  • Maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Work execution, history recording and control
  • Obsolescence management
  • Counterfeit parts defence
  • Fault management
  • Troubleshooting

Improving maintenance work planning and approval processes

  • Understanding planning concepts
  • Fundamentals of resource planning
  • Planning techniques and how to apply them

Maintenance scheduling

  • Resource allocation practices
  • Backlog and forward log management
  • Work scheduling techniques and how to apply them
  • The impact of visual work places


  • Reliability
  • Maintainability
  • Availability
  • FTA

Generation of plant register

  • Justifications for development of hierarchies
  • Choice between equipment and location hierarchies
  • Guidelines for hierarchies and plant registers

Effective materials management

  • Spares optimisation
  • Inventory control
  • Supportability programs

Management of shutdowns or major overhauls

  • Planning for shutdowns or major overhauls
  • Project management of shutdowns or major overhauls

Maintenance improvement opportunities

  • Quality in maintenance
  • Continuous improvement concepts
  • Prioritising/selecting improvement opportunities
  • Benchmarking
  • Error management

Measuring maintenance performance

  • Typical methods
  • Measuring costs and losses
  • Maintenance cost control

Maintenance budgeting

  • Budget principles and practices
  • Setting budgets
  • Sustaining the budget

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


Still have a question?

Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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