Attention: Maintenance & Reliability Professionals

Less Breakdowns and More Productivity
—Your Online Solution Is Here ...

Cut Costly Breakdowns with Our World-Class Course in Planning and Scheduling Maintenance
— and Increase Your Workforce by 35% for Free.

Don’t let the hype of an overpriced “seminar” give you the false sense of achievement …
only to be disappointed when the complex “theories” and huge list of “elements” don’t result in any long term change!

Make Inefficiency A Thing of the Past

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as inefficiency. That feeling you get when your plant is running out of control and your team is constantly reacting to new threats.

What’s worse is that as the plant continues to operate inefficiently the pressure from the ‘people up top’ rises and they end up looking for someone to blame the missed targets on.

Too often this blame is pointed at you.

The fault of a poor maintenance and scheduling system weighs you down with guilt and frustration caused by preventable inefficiencies.

The good news is that the unnecessary “downtime” and stress a poor maintenance and scheduling system causes can be avoided.

Studies have found that the average efficiency of a maintenance team can be as low as 30%. In other words, your staff may provide only 3 hours of value in a 10 hour shift. That’s not an efficiency number anyone can be proud of.

Most often, the cause was found to be poor planning and scheduling. Which is easy to fix, right?

A traditional maintenance planning and scheduling course, and you’re set. The thing is, you’ve probably already been on one of those. And you know they don’t work as they should.

Traditional teaching is broken.

With my approach to teaching and implementation, you’ll be able to implement what you learn and see real improvement. Taking your maintenance team efficiency to 45%—even to world-class standards of 55-60%. A feat that can’t be achieved in a classroom alone.


The Problem with Traditional Maintenance Training

If you’ve ever attended one of these training seminars then you’re likely well versed in the experience.

You travel to another city (or country) to meet with a community of like minded people. The “lecturer” takes you through some of the most complex topics in maintenance and scheduling.

Over the course of three days your mind is racing with new and exciting terms and techniques that you’re sure will turn your plant around … and you’ve built a new network of people with the same efficiency issues that you’ve promised you’ll keep in touch with.

When the three day seminar comes to an end and you’ve got that information “buzz” going.

You might be a bit shaky with a few of the topics but that’s what the relationships you’ve made are for right? To reach out to them whenever you get stuck.

But when you get back to the plant a different story plays out.

The sense that you’ve learned ‘the best in class methods’ to fight inefficiency starts to fade as the reality of a broken maintenance and scheduling system becomes very real.

You aren’t sure if you should be implementing lecture slide #14 or if lecture slide #99 would work better … and the “relationships” you’ve built provide nothing more than pleasant conversations from time to time …

They’re no real help in turning your plant around … besides they’ve got their own plants to take care of.

Unfortunately, that’s the reality almost every time someone attends a seminar looking for real answers to their plants mounting inefficiency problems. They’re filled with hype and excitement only to be confronted with the same challenges and a complete lack of guidance.

The “investment” they’ve just made to improve their plants efficiency feels more like a ‘sunk cost’ than anything capable of getting a solid ROI.

That’s why I created this course, using my 20+ years of experience in professional maintenance environments.

Get the Course that Helps You with Implementation… The Results, Without The Buzz.

If you are looking to get the excitement and that “buzz” you get from attending a course then I recommend you crack a beer with your coworkers or go to a rock concert. You’ll save yourself a whole lot of time and wasted money.

This course isn’t about filling you up with feel good emotions only to send you packing on your long journey home.

While I can’t promise this course will give you the high flying buzz attending a seminar might—it will help you get real results at your plant helping you improve productivity and safety while reducing costs.

The course has been carefully designed to guide you through the best practices I’ve used for over 20 years to turn plants around.

This isn’t the information you’ll find in a classroom and I’m going to show you exactly how you can implement everything you learn.

I’ve cut out the fluff along with the unnecessarily complex topics so that you’ll walk away from each lecture knowing how the things you’re learning fit into YOUR plant.

Instead of a 3-day seminar that shoves a ton of information down your throat and leaves you high and dry when it comes to making real changes …

This approach is based on my proven and simple systems.

I want you to internalize these systems and follow along step by step as you implement them into your plant.

You won’t find yourself scratching your head in confusion while going through the course… but more importantly … while on the plant floor.

That’s where the real magic happens.

The next time something pops up on the plant floor and has your team scurrying for a solution while sacrificing the efficiency of your operation you’ll know what to do … and how to do it.


Why Study Online?

To attend a seminar you've got to ask your boss for permission to get away from the job.

When targets aren’t being met and stress is at an all time high—do you really want to have that conversation with your boss? Do you want to step away from your team and hope that things run smoothly in your absence?

Didn’t think so.

But let’s say your boss did give you the green light to let your team run themselves. You’re still going to have to cover the cost of food and travel and take time away from your family.

These are the “hidden” costs most seminars don’t seem to mention when trying to fill as many seats as possible.

And there’s one thing a training company will never tell you … They won’t tell you how they really make their money.

Forget the price of the course for a second.

Once they’ve turned you into a customer their goal is to “upsell” you into their high-ticket consulting programs or the latest piece of software they’ve developed.

That’s why you’ll find the information you learn at a three day course doesn’t quite make sense when implementing it into your plant …

You’re missing their “secret” software tool and their consultants haven’t shown up in fancy suits to study your plant and collect their expensive fees.

Even still these consultants and software services still fall short on your goal to achieve better plant efficiency.

It’s a broken system and one that I’ve seen happen countless times.

They take the same approach and apply it to all plants.

It’s like putting a bandaid on a broken leg … A one-size-fits-all solution.

And once they leave the site the same issues start popping up but this time … no-one knows how to solve them.

You know that learning takes time—and if you’re not completely focused - retaining the information is tough ... and unlikely to result in long lasting change (for you or your team).

When you start studying online you have the power to study the course from the comfort of your living room, your office, or even on the commute to work … and do so on your own schedule.

You can walk away from the course at any time and pick back up right where you left off. No need to cut a lecture short because you’ve got other things going on.

And if a problem does arise or you find yourself stuck implementing a specific lecture- you can simply crack open the course and find the most appropriate solution in real time.

So get on the Road to Reliability™ now.

Here’s What Others Had to Say
About the Course

  • maintenance planning and scheduling course testimonial

    WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY

    An excellent course worth every single penny. I wholeheartedly recommend it to all practitioners, beginners and mature maintenance or operations managers alike, as everyone can benefit from it.

    Andrej Androjna - Quantum Consulting, Slovenia

  • Martijn Hadders

    A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

    "... his newly created Maintenance and Scheduling course was a breath of fresh air...The content he provides is very comprehensive and easy to understand. One of the most useful chapters is how to implement the program, a topic often missing in many courses and trainings...I highly recommend it to any person or company endeavoring to advance their company’s maintenance efficiency and productivity."

    Martijn Hadders - Manager Global Maintenance & Asset Management, Henkel 

Backed By An Iron-Clad,
30-Day Guarantee

Few, if any, traditional courses offer a guarantee but because I am so confident that my scheduling and maintenance program will change the way you operate your plant and reduce inefficiency I am offering a 30-day money back guarantee.

If at any time throughout these 30 days your eyes aren’t opened to the long-term changes that you can implement into your plant, simply send me an email requesting a refund. I won’t hesitate to send your money—no questions asked.

online maintenance planning & scheduling course

Meet Your Partner
in Efficient Maintenance

Erik Hupje

Hi, I am Erik Hupjé, founder of the Road to Reliability™ and I will be your course director.

I have over 20 years’ experience in asset management, and specifically managing maintenance & reliability. And during those years I’ve worked in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, the Sultanate of Oman and Australia. My passion is for continuous improvement and keeping things simple.

Through the Road to Reliability™ I help Maintenance & Reliability professionals around the globe – people like yourself – improve their plant’s reliability and their organisation’s bottom line.

I am a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Practitioner (CMRP), Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

Erik Hupjé

SMRP & CMRT
certified reliability leader

What are the Real Costs of a Traditional Course?

A traditional course lasts three days and costs anywhere between $1250 to $2500 USD.

And when you take into account the travel and accommodation costs associated with a traditional course you could be looking at two or even three times that figure!

Weeks after attending the course you might still find yourself stuck dealing with the same problems which makes it tough to put the feelings you got from attending the course aside and give it a positive ROI …

Sure, you had fun and felt like you walked away ready to reduce inefficiency, but did your money go towards solving anything meaningful?

Or was it just a really expensive buzz?

That’s for you to answer.

It’s time to stop the waste. And it’s time to get your plant up to maximum efficiency and reliability. It all starts here.

Avoid This Never-Ending Breakdown Nightmare

Breakdowns hurt. Especially when you’re the one everyone is looking at to prevent them.

You’ve got your reputation and your pride to protect but when things break down you are under the spotlight … even though the fault lies in the scheduling and maintenance systems… Not you.

But who do the bosses point the finger at everytime something goes wrong?

Exactly … you get the blame.

You feel the fault, the embarrassment and the disappointment.

And you’re the one who has to come up with the excuses.

The good news is that you can do something about it. You can turn your plant around and get it running like it was meant to. It all starts with an efficient and productive maintenance environment.

An environment where work gets done without undue delay.

Where things get done right the first time right. Every-time.

And not just for a few weeks (or if you're really lucky a few months tops). But for as long as you are in charge of the plant.

You will be proud of the efficiency of your plant.

So get the course that gives you an actionable plan for turning the ship around. No complex theories. No need to bring in external consultants or buy any fancy new technology. Just systems that work.

10 Course Modules
Everything You Need to Know:

MODULE 1:

Welcome to the course

A short module, but very important module. In this module we'll get get you setup for success.

We'll cover course objectives, go into the details of exactly what you'll learn and how we will work together.

In addition I'll give an introduction to the online learning management system. And introduce you to our support staff and where and how to ask for help.

MODULE 2:

INTRODUCTION TO PLANNING & SCHEDULING

In this module we start the real work. After a brief exploration of the role of maintenance in asset-intensive industries, we'll explore why we need planning & scheduling.

We'll cover the increase in productivity and what that means for the bottom line of the business you work for. But we'll also explore other key benefits of planning & scheduling that are maybe less tangible like workforce motivation and safety.

In the final lesson of the module we touch on some critical characteristics of maintenance work that influence how we set up a successful maintenance planning & scheduling process.

MODULE 3:

DENTIFY & PRIORITISE WORK

Module 3 is all about work is initiated and prioritised. Fail to get this right and you'll continue to chase your tail and will not get out of the reactive maintenance model.

Most organisations don't realise how critical this step is. Most managers and supervisors don't want to spend the time on getting this right.

In this module I will explain why you don't want to be making that mistake and why putting a lot of effort in creating quality work requests and prioritising them properly is so critical to your success.

And in the last lesson we'll touch on some KPIs that you can use to measure your success.

MODULE 4:

PLAN WORK

Module 4 is all about maintenance planning, why it is important and the 6 principles that underpin a sound maintenance planning process.

We'll talk quite a lot about roles & responsibilities because this is where many organisations go wrong. They burden their maintenance planners with work that should be done by others and in doing so they never reach the productivity improvement they were aiming for.

We'll also discuss the level of detail that is required in a maintenance work order, what makes up a good 'work pack' and we'll touch on common mistakes and some useful KPIs.

MODULE 5:

monitor work

This is a step in the planning & scheduling process that is not often talked about, but it's key to your success.

Once the work is planned, all materials are ordered, and purchase orders have gone out for external services you need to keep an eye out on when vendors are available, when materials will arrive at site etc.

And when that’s all in place, you need to flag the planned work in your CMMS as 'Ready for Execution' as a handover point to the Scheduler. 

MODULE 6:

SCHEDULE work

Module 6 is all about scheduling. We'll talk about how scheduling is different from planning and why you need both.

We'll discuss 5 basic scheduling principles including why you need to schedule for a Frozen Week. how to build up your Weekly Schedule. And we'll delve in to capacity planning plus we'll talk about some basic scheduling techniques and concepts.

As usual our last lesson in this module will cover KPIs in this case those KPIS that you can use to drive your scheduling process for example Weekly Schedule Compliance.

MODULE 7:

EXECUTE work

Module 7 is all about executing the maintenance work that has been planned and scheduled. This is the core of the process and a lot of what we do in planning & scheduling is to drive efficiency in this part of process

We'll focus extensively on the role of the maintenance supervisor. We'll discuss in detail how you need to manage Emergency Work. And we'll touch on how you should be dealing with Emergent Work, the work you discover whilst doing a job.

MODULE 8:

CLOSE OUT work

Module 8 covers the close out of work. This is where we capture everything that went well and the things that didn't go too well.

We provide feedback to the planner in terms of planning quality, materials etc. and we capture technical history in the CMMS so the reliability engineers can use that information in their continuous improvement programs. We'll also discuss how this links into your Defect Elimination and Root Cause Analaysis processes.

The secret to successful planning & scheduling is a continuous improvement loop and that relies on the proper close-out of work and high quality feedback.

MODULE 9:

REVIEW & IMPROVE

Module 9 is all about making things better and better or in other words: Continuous improvement and how to build that into your business and your work processes.

We'll delve in to using KPIs to drive performance and the limits to what KPIs can do for you. We'll talk about the need to have a 'process owner' who conducts annual process 'audits' and the value of GEMBA walks.

In Lesson 4 of this module we'll touch on a contentious subject - measuring wrench time. How to do it, when to do it and when not.

MODULE 10:

IMPLEMENTING PLANNING & SCHEDULING

Module 10 is where this course is really completely different than all the other planning & scheduling courses out there.

In this module we will give you a tried and tested process to implement planning & scheduling in your organisation. We'll cover the business case, change management basics, setting up your project team for success, the need for coaching and each lesson comes complete with practical tools and techniques that are proven to work when it comes to implementing planning & scheduling in a real business environment.

Still have some Questions?
Let's Answer Them

The course is provided by R2 Reliability Pty Ltd which an approved education provider accredited by the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals. Not only does this guarantee quality, but it also means that completing the course grants you credit hours towards your ongoing professional development and maintaining your CMRP status.
No, the course is based on modules and you need to complete the modules including all homework tasks sequentially. So once you have completed Module 1 you get access to Module 2 and so forth until you complete all the course modules and then sit for the final, multiple choice exam (online).
Yes, you will have homework to do. This is an intensive course with assignments that you need to complete in your workplace and submit online. 
 
Your assignments will be reviewed and graded (pass/fail) by myself and/or by a specialised maintenance planning & scheduling coach.

Yes, in addition to the assignments and quizzes that are included in the various modules there is a final, online multiple-choice exam that you need to complete and pass to receive your Certificate of Completion. 

Support will be provided in a few ways.
 
First, there will be an exclusive forum accessible only to course students to ask questions about the course content. That means you get to discuss topics with fellow students but can also expect answers from myself and/or a professional maintenance planning & scheduling coach. 
 
Secondly, I will set up regular 'office hours' where you can dial in and ask questions live. If you can't attend due to timezone differences you can simply email questions in and listen to the replay afterward, which will be stored in the exclusive student-only area. PROFESSIONAL and CORPORATE edition students will have lifetime access to these calls and the recordings!
 
And thirdly, if you opt for the 'CORPORATE' edition of the course you also get 5 private coaching calls with me to help you on your way to implementing planning & scheduling in your organisation.
 
If you or your organisation need more support then simply get in touch. We're here to help!

You certainly do. When you have successfully completed all Course Modules, all homework assignments, all quizzes and you have passed the final (online) exam you will automatically receive a Certificate of Completion. 

Certificate of completion

If you purchase the 'STUDENT' edition of the course to get 3 months access only.
 
If you purchase the 'PROFESSIONAL' or 'CORPORATE' edition of the course you will have lifetime access to the course. And as long as the course remains available for sale online you will always have access to it including all future updates - at no extra cost!
 
This is why I recommend the 'PROFESSIONAL' edition as the best value option.

I offer a 30-day no questions asked, full refund policy, assuming you have not completed the course. However, once the 30 days have passed no refunds will be given.  

No! Not at all, the course will be delivered through a web-based Learning Management System, but all you need is a modern web browser like Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari.

You do need a reasonably reliable internet connection, but as the course material is all pre-recorded you can choose when and where you view or listen to the course content. And on what device as you can access the course on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Not yet, at the moment the course is only available in English.

However, there have requests for other language versions like French, Spanish, Arabic and Italian so other language versions are planned for late 2020.

If you sign-up for the English language version and get the Professional or Corporate Edition you will have lifetime access to the course, and that will include other language versions when they become available.

P.S. Getting your Planning & Scheduling in order is really one of the most important steps you can make on the Road to Reliability™. With planning & scheduling you create more stability in your work, increase efficiency and finally make some time for proactive maintenance activities.

With this online Maintenance Planning & Scheduling course there is no reason to wait any longer. You can learn straight from the comfort of your chair and with no need to travel it's more affordable than ever before.