Maintenance strategies are central to the smooth operation of complex industrial processes in a wide range of industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, nuclear, petrochemical, and aerospace industries. The planning and implementation of professional maintenance strategies can reduce costly breakdowns which may interrupt production, contribute to sustainable engineering practice to the benefit of the environment, improve safety and drive down costs. This MSc course in Maintenance Engineering is suitable for engineers who have recently graduated as well as those with experience who are seeking to extend their knowledge, or update their qualifications with a view to promotion or other new position. The award covers both technical and management aspects of maintenance engineering and forms a suitable basis for a career in a range of roles associated with maintenance engineering on mechanical plants, such as: asset management, plant maintenance, preventative maintenance, etc."
The course will enable students to apply for positions such as Design of ‘products’ for ease of maintenance – in which case the bias will be towards the design processes, Maintenance Engineers – Technicians/Engineers who conduct maintenance of systems, plants, fleets etc, Support Engineers positions for example in an avionic environment referring to the people who look at supportability, maintainability, reliability, testability and the design of support systems and services.
On completion of the course students may be able to obtain one of the following degrees
- Master (MSc) in Maintenance Engineering
- Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Maintenance Engineering
- Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Maintenance Engineering
The programme is divided into course credits which cover many management and technological characteristics in the field of maintenance Engineering. The aims of the modules are:
- to undertake a major piece of advanced level work having some significant elements of research and originality.
- to develop the individual skills necessary to conduct technical studies at an advanced level effectively.
- to synthesise bearing designs that minimise power loss, evaluate bearing material or coating selections that minimise friction and wear, employ ISO standards in the design of lubricant management systems, design condition-monitoring solutions of typical industrial machines based on an understanding of their performance and running characteristics, synthesise reliability and maintainability analyses of mechanical or electrical devices.
- to identify the relationships between structures and mechanical properties of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites; understand types of material failure including, fast facture, fatigue, creep, and corrosion and oxidation, be familiar with design with materials, including modulus-limited design, yield-limited design, fatigue design and creep-limited design; to understand criteria for materials selection.
- To examine the main methods for developing a modern maintenance programme for industrial plants. It provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice of reliability centred maintenance and total productive maintenance strategies to achieve high plant availability, optimise on product quality, and address safety and environmental issues.
- To examines the main methods for developing sustainable engineering programme for industrial plants. It provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice of sustainable systems engineering strategies to achieve high plant efficiency, optimise on product quality, and address safety and environmental issues.
- to enhance the student's ability to work independently, to provide an opportunity for the investigation of a topic of particular interest to the student, to enhance the student’s skills in report writing and critical evaluation, to enhance the ability to evaluate the results of an investigation.
- to provide students with Engineering knowledge of various renewable energy technologies; Scientific understanding of the contributions which the renewable sources can make, the technologies used to harness them and limitation associated with their uses; Practical skills in developing renewable energy projects.
- to introduce methods of computer interfacing of industrial or scientific instruments and data processing for monitoring and control of engineering processes, to provide students with a sound understanding of the use of advanced instrumentation and sensing methods, to apply signal processing methods and system design methods
- to Gain a deeper understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Students will analyse the requirements for complex 3D CAD models and to build coherent solutions. This will include assemblies, complex surfaces, parametric design, etc...
- Full time (2 days per week) or part-time (1 day per week) for compulsory and optional modules
- Modules are delivered on semester base
- Project (core module) is delivered during summer (September entry) or Spring (January entry)