Module ICL-2018:
Engineering Maintenance (WB)

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims at developing learner’s ability to effectively implement a modern maintenance schedule. The learners will apply theory to practice to undertake maintenance schedules on plant and machinery, replace parts as necessary, monitor and record the effects of their activities on outcomes and finished products.

Course content

Indicative content includes:

Manufacturing systems engineering

  • Understand the basic principles of machine tool operation, including maintenance, repair and condition monitoring
  • Understand the basic principles of tool and fixture design for automated operations and be able to design simple fixtures and robot end effectors.

Reliability centred maintenance

  • Understand the importance of reliability centred maintenance (RCM) strategies and how they are implemented in industrial plant
  • Critically evaluate a system, carry out an RCM analysis and produce a maintenance improvement plan
  • Understand the key steps which must be taken to implement the recommendations arising from RCM and TPM strategies
  • Understand the terms and definition of asset management standards
  • Understand how to use and apply appropriate software to analyse equipment and systems, and support decision making in implementing maintenance strategies

Ageing plant

  • Understand the importance of recognising and acting on the signs of plant ageing
  • Understand the methods for the detection, measurement, assessment, monitoring and repair of ageing plant and equipment
  • Understand the importance to health and safety, plant efficiency and maintenance costs of taking responsibility and control of plant ageing through effective policies and controls

Plant efficiency

  • Understand how to scope plant layout to facilitate efficient, effective and productive use of processes, people, space and facilities
  • Analyse operations data, and make recommendations to improve plant system efficiency based upon that analysis

Condition based monitoring

  • Understand the principles of condition monitoring and its application areas
  • Understand different analysis techniques to be able to critically analyse collected data from various monitoring equipment
  • Understand typical condition monitoring methods such as vibration analysis, thermography and oil/debris analysis.
  • Understand the operation of arrange of sensing techniques, data acquisition and analysis for condition monitoring (including temperature, motion, vibration, electrical conduction, electrical stress

Failure mode effects analysis

  • Understand the nature of failure and importance of analysing functional requirements and their effects to identify failure modes of engineering components
  • Understand and be able to identify the common modes of failure of engineering components
  • Understand the typical FMEA severity ratings, their meanings, and how to apply them in FMEA

Verification of Safety Critical Elements

  • Understand the concepts of safety, risk and the role of human factors in the design and operation of safety critical systems
  • Understand the nature and role of the safety lifecycle in developing safety related systems
  • Understand and apply appropriate hazard identification and analysis techniques for a variety of safety related problems
  • Understanding of techniques for specifying and verifying safety critical elements

Non-destructive testing

  • Understand the principles, strengths, limitations and applicability of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques (e.g. visual inspection; dye penetrant; magnetic particle; eddy current; ultrasonic and radiography)
  • Understand how to implement NDT in maintenance strategies in line with the relevant standards and certification schemes
  • Evaluate the NDT techniques available and select the most appropriate one for a given situation/application.
  • Understand how to analyse defects to determine if they are critical or dormant and estimate the inspection interval of NDT required.

Maintenance planning

  • Understand the use of maintenance planning techniques to ensure that an effective maintenance process is established and monitored.
  • Understand maintenance management and planning practices and metrics, and the use of these to drive performance improvement and optimise maintenance task delivery

Assessment Criteria


Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.


Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.


Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the importance of Condition based monitoring and failure mode analysis within maintenance schedules.

  2. Explain the importance of Maintenance planning for optimising staff performance and plant & equipment efficiency.

  3. Understand the importance of reliability centred maintenance, acting on the signs of ageing plant, and perform maintenance to increase plant efficiency.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Plant Maintenance and Efficiency Report

A report detailing an understanding of the importance of reliability centred maintenance, ageing plant and plant efficiency.

REPORT Monitoring and Safety Report

Report detailing the importance of condition based monitoring, failure mode effects analysis, and safety critical elements.

REPORT Maintenance Planning Report

Report detailing the maintenance planning and schedules that is undertaken within their own organisations.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Practical classes and workshops

A series of interactive lectures, web-based learning, problem solving exercises, individual and group activities and linked tutorials. Consideration of case study materials will form an important part of the delivery illustrating the application of themes to real-world situations.

Private study

Tutor-directed private study, including individual asssessments.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Apply an understanding and appreciation of continuous improvement techniques
  • Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
  • Systematically review factors affecting the implementation of a project, including safety and sustainability;
  • Appreciate the importance of designing products with due regard to good laboratory practice, health and safety considerations and ethical issues.
  • Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
  • Use both verbal and written communication skills to different target audiences;
  • Communicate proposals persuasively and respond positively to feedback;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
  • Have an appreciation of moral, ethical, financial and environmental issues that may need to be considered when practicing as an engineer.¬†

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