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CODE 90558
SEMESTER 2° Semester


In the 20th century, the economic value of industrial maintenance was first recognized. Today, it is one of the few strategies for lowering production costs and total cost of ownership for physical assets. The need for maintenance specialists in the industry has risen as a result.

The goal of the maintenance course is to increase the learners' competence, knowledge, and skill sets. It covers areas like maintenance introduction, equipment failure statistics, equipment failure probability distributions, maintenance types and their comparison, maintenance costs, organizational growth, formulation and implementation of maintenance programs, employee involvement, planning and scheduling, equipment replacement policies, reliability and its improvement, maintenance economy, maintenance strategies, planning and control of spares, work-study for maintenance, operations research techniques in maintenance, maintenance organization, safety and its objectives.



The course provides the basic knowledge regarding the aspects of reliability and maintainability of industrial plants with particular reference to safety aspects


Learning Objectives

The course aims to deliver the following learning objectives:

  1. The understanding of the importance and challenges of industrial maintenance management. (L1)
  2. Developed maintenance strategies and their successful implementation for a better maintenance economy. (L2)
  3. Acquired analytical capability to choose a better replacement policy and maintenance strategy. (L3)
  4. Explain common components of maintenance organization and their roles. (L4)
  5. Demonstrate the importance and objectives of safety procedures and types of equipment. (L5)
  6. Acquire risk management skills. (L6)


The course would utilize various tools- Books, Journal Papers, Popular Readings, Case Studies and Simulations. The classroom session would involve a discussion of the critical concepts, case study discussions and quantitative simulations. This would be supplemented with assignments and exams.

  • Extra readings and cases will be provided separately by the instructor.
  • Instructions will be given in class on preparation before and after each session.
  • The examinations will be based on class discussions, cases and quantitative decision-making based on simulated scenarios.
  • The instructors will follow participative methods in the class. The instruction will predominantly be through interactive lectures and case discussions. 
  • The students are expected to come prepared to the class whenever a case or a reading is prescribed. The instructors can call upon any student for his/ her comments (cold call) during the case discussions.
  • The students will be required to learn Excel to explore case simulation, develop strategies and prove the effectiveness of their recommended decisions. No programming language prior knowledge is required for the use of the software.


Learning Through Case Method: Effective learning through the case method requires four stages of learning (individual preparation, group discussion, class discussion, and after-class reflection). To make the best use of the learning opportunity following steps may be followed:

  1. It would be necessary for you to prepare each day's case/ learning material individually and then discuss it in your group. It is strongly suggested that the reading(s) assigned should be read before preparing for the case. The responsibility could be shared by the members of the group. However, the gist of the readings needs to be understood by each participant.
  2. To ensure participation by the students, the instructors may ask the assigned groups to submit case study solutions before the class, and the group may be called upon to make a group presentation. The lead questions for all the cases will be shared by the instructors well in advance.


To make the best use of the learning opportunities, the following steps may be followed:

  1. Each participant must participate and be ready to share his/ her analysis in the class to build the skills of presentation and the attitude of collective learning. Individual participants/ Groups are encouraged to make presentations of their analysis/ recommendation of the case/ reading material.
  2. It would be necessary for you to prepare each day's case/chapter/paper reading individually be prepared with specific recommendations/conclusions and the rationale thereof.
  3. If required, the group will be asked to make a one-page synopsis of each case containing the
  • Major issues
  • Analysis for resolving the issue(s)
  • Recommendations/inferences on the major issues     
  1. The primary purpose of the synopsis is to prepare you for participation in the class. You may also be asked to submit the synopsis at the beginning of the class.
  2. You are welcome to discuss and clarify any doubts with the instructor.



The course will use mostly Excel, Taras, and  SLAB in these students should be able to do the following:

  • Think critically, be able to identify, generalize, prioritize, isolate, and reduce complexity in dynamic/uncertain and ambiguous operational situations,
  • Understand how strategic considerations influence operational decisions,
  • Apply analysis and improvement tools learned in previous courses to actual business situations,
  • Reason quantitatively and qualitatively to make operational decisions.

The laboratory-based case method requires students to prepare a decision, to the extent available, based on careful evaluation of case facts and numbers. As with all business situations, there may be insufficient facts, ambiguous goals, and strong dynamic/uncertain environments. Students, finally, will develop the following skills:

  • Analytical Skills: Students will possess the analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate issues faced in business and professional careers.
  • Technical Skills: Students will possess the necessary technological skills to analyze problems, develop solutions, and convey information using Excel, Taras, and Slab software.


Course Outline: Session/Topic/Reading Material/Reference





Learning Outcomes

Readings and Cases


Introduction to Maintenance: Types and Comparison

In this lecture, an introduction to Maintenance and its types is given. Specifically, the following points are reviewed in the chapter. Maintenance background, four questions in maintenance, management role in maintenance, cost comparison between breakdown and preventive maintenance

Production and Operations Management by N G NAIR (chapter 07)


Failure statistics

Importance of failure statistics, failure statistic types, bath-tub contour, related exercises and Weibull's probability distribution

Production and Operations Management by N G NAIR (chapter 07)


Equipment Effectiveness,

In this lecture, the following topics have been covered Equipment Effectiveness, Equipment losses, Maintainability, Reliability and Availability. Maintenance efficiency, ways of scheduling PM

Exercises related to Reliability


Competitive Manufacturing Management

TATA McGraw-Hill edition (chapter 07)


Maintenance Repair & Replacement Plan (MRRP)

In these lectures, details of the Maintenance Repair & Replacement Plan (MRRP) are discussed—specifically, the benefits of a Maintenance Repair & Replacement Plan (MRRP). In addition, replacement problems/exercises have been added.

Production and Operations Management by R. Paneerselvam (chapter 19)


Preventive Replacement

Preventive replacement and its exercises, managing maintenance information and the role of operators for the above

Competitive Manufacturing Management

TATA McGraw-Hill edition (chapter 07)


To Study

Taras Software





This lecture discussed 'Reliability' in detail. Complete procedure for Reliability Program has been discussed in detail. Few more exercises for reliability

Production and Operations Management by R. Paneerselvam (chapter 19)


Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Different aspects of Total Productive Maintenance have been discussed. Important topics included are waste eliminated in TPM, pillars of TPM, and Implementation of TPM.

Difference between Central Maintenance and decentralization.

Competitive Manufacturing Management

TATA McGraw-Hill edition (chapter 07)


To Study

SLAB Software



Maintenance Economy and OR

Maintenance Economy is an important aspect of maintenance management. The maintenance organizational structure has been discussed. Also, Operations research techniques have been discussed in this chapter.

Production and Operations Management by N G NAIR (chapter 07)


Spares Management

Spares Management is a vital component of maintenance. The following topics related to spares management have been discussed. Planning and Control of Spare Parts,

Effective Spare Parts Inventory and Management

Classification of Spares

And work-study in maintenance

Production and Operations Management by S N Charry (chapter 09)



In this lecture, the following topics have been covered safety objectives, workplace safety, hazardous material handling, ladders, and scaffolds.


Industrial Maintenance by Michael E. Brumbach and Jeffrey A. Clade (Second edition, Chapter 01)


Mechanics and structures

The objective is to examine some of the principles and how they relate to safety.

Operators must consider the types and amounts of forces that act or may act on systems, equipment, and products to make them safe.

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 10)


Walking and Working Surfaces

Numerous accidents, injuries, and fatalities are caused by the surfaces and equipment that people use to stand, walk, work, and climb.

They cause a significant cost. This lecture will examine a few of the surfaces, pieces of machinery, and design elements that cause falls, their associated injuries, and fatalities.

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 11)


Tools and machine hazards

Most injuries are caused by equipment and tools. About 8% of lost-time occupational accidents are caused by hand tools; machines account for a larger portion. Injuries are frequently more severe while using powered tools and equipment than when using hand-operated ones because they require significant amounts of energy and power.

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 13)


Fire Protection and Prevention

This lecture discussed importance of fire Protection, alongside its causes and costs.

The physics and chemistry of the fire.

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 16)


Visual Environment

This lesson tends to the visual environment, which incorporates lighting, variety, and signage. Numerous parts of the visual environment add to mishaps while other characteristics assist with preventing them. Students need to comprehend the visual environment.

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 20)


Noise and Vibration

Sound is an important characteristic of the environment and provides information and communication. This lecture is about the difference between sound and noise, their physics and propagation.

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 23)


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE is the last solution if one cannot eliminate or control hazards. This lesson is about PPEs for different organs.

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 28)



Ergonomics has become an important element of safety. This lesson aims at different parts of ergonomics and safety and health applications for them. Different sections include anthropometry, displays and controls, work physiology and biomechanics

Safety and Health for Engineers, Roger L. Brauer 3rd edition (chapter 33)



Recommended Textbook


Course Reading Material:

  • Specific readings and case studies are to be distributed by the Program Office/ Library.



  • Lorenzo Fedele, Luciano Furlanetto, Daniele Saccardi «Progettare e Gestire la manutenzione», McGraw-Hill, 2003, ISBN: 9788838662393
  • Yih-Long Chan, WinQSB 2.0, Decision Support Software, Wiley International, ISBN 0-471-40672-4.
  • Riccardo Baldacci, Scienza delle Costruzioni, Vol I, Fondamenti di Meccanica dei Solidi (VI-VII), Edizioni UTET Torino, ISBN 88-02-03853-8, 1997
  • Norme tecniche: ISO EN 11079:2007, ISO EN 15743:2008, ISO EN 9920:2009, ISO EN UNI 13732-1:2009, ISO EN UNI 13732-3:2009, ISO EN 7730, ISO EN 7933, ISO EN 9886, ISO EN 8996
  • Patrick O'Connor, Practical reliability engineering, John Wiley & Sons Fifth Edition., UK, 2012.
  • Donald Ermak, SLAB User Manual, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, 1990 (Public Domain)    
  • Luciano Furlanetto, MANUALE DI MANUTENZIONE DEGLI IMPIANTI INDUSTRIALI E SERVIZI, Franco Angeli Editore, ISBN: 9788846408662 , 1999
  • NIST Handbook 135, Life Cycle Costing Manual for the Federal Energy Management Program, 1995.
  • MIL-HDBK-276-1/2, United States Department of Defense, 1984.
  • Riccardo Baldacci, Scienza delle Costruzioni, Vol II, Fondamenti di Meccanica delle Strutture (I-III, V-VI, IX), Edizioni UTET Torino, ISBN 88-02-04634-4, 1997
  • E. Briano, C. Caballini, R. Mosca, R. REVETRIA,  A. Testa. (2010). Study of an emergency situation using 2D and 3D simulation models. WSEAS TRANSACTIONS ON SYSTEMS, 9, 338-347.

Note to teaching material

The teaching material consists of transparencies, notes and other material collected by the lecturer from publications, public domain documents, websites and current legislation. Each set of transparencies bears at the bottom the bibliography and the sources cited where these have been identified. For material collected from the web where it has not been possible to identify the author or copyright holder, the wording "material not traceable to the copyright holder" has been added.


Exam Board








Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy



The exam is composed of three main parts:

  • 20 multiple-choice quiz for a total of 25 points over 30
  • assignments for a total of 7 points over 30
  • oral examination for a total of 32 points over 30

The final grade is the average of (quiz + assignments) and oral examination.

The oral examination is based on a presentation on a course topic chosen by the student and 3 open questions by the teacher.

The exercises (assignments) must be delivered to the address: by the exam day. Late exercises are not accepted. The exercises done in groups must report on all in the name of the group members. Similar exercises that do not correctly name the group members will be waived.

For every wrong question given at quiz time -0.5 points are subtracted.


The learning assessment aims to ascertain understanding and knowledge of the topics covered and the ability to apply the skills acquired to practical cases. With this in mind, the student is asked to carry out two assigments applying the formulae, models, procedures and software learned during the course to real industrial cases. The learning assessment also evaluates the student's ability to communicate in a field very close to the real work situation by presenting a calculation report.

Exam schedule

Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
19/12/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
17/01/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
31/01/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
27/05/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
25/06/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
11/07/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
13/09/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale


The course also includes tutorials and seminar activities by experienced professionals.