Understanding The Maintenance and Reliability Body Of Knowledge

Understanding The Maintenance and Reliability Body Of Knowledge

The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Certifying Organization (SMRPCO) is organized for the purpose of fostering high standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of services through a recognized, credible credentialing program that assures the competency of practitioners of Profession.

The SMRP Body of Knowledge (BoK) is a roadmap to world-class performance in maintenance, reliability and physical asset management.

A foundational belief in developing this examination is that professionals in the maintenance and reliability industry learn critical knowledge, skills and abilities from a variety of sources, both on the job and from outside training; therefore, no specific work experience or education are required for the certification. Nevertheless, there are a number of resources that can aid in preparing for the CMRP exam, such as the SMRP Body of Knowledge, practice questions and recommended readings.

Understanding The Maintenance and Reliability Body Of Knowledge

The Body of Knowledge

There are five pillars in SMRP’s maintenance and reliability Body of Knowledge for professionals: Business & Management, Manufacturing Process Reliability, Equipment Reliability, Organization & Leadership, and Work Management.

Pillar 1: Business & Management

This subject area describes the skills used to translate an organization’s business goals into appropriate maintenance and reliability goals that support and contribute to the organization’s business results.

Pillar 2: Manufacturing Process Reliability

This subject area relates maintenance and reliability activities to the manufacturing process of the organization to ensure that maintenance and reliability activities improve the manufacturing process.

Pillar 3: Equipment Reliability

This subject area describes two kinds of activities that apply to the equipment and processes for which the maintenance and reliability professional is accountable. First are those activities used to assess the current capabilities of the equipment and processes in terms of their reliability, availability, maintainability and criticality. Second are the activities used to select and apply the most appropriate maintenance practices so that the equipment and processes continue to deliver their intended capabilities in the safest and most cost-effective manner.

Pillar 4: Organization & Leadership

This subject area describes processes for assuring that the maintenance and reliability staff is the most qualified and best assigned to achieve the maintenance and reliability organization goals.

Pillar 5: Work Management

This subject area focuses on the skills used to get the maintenance and reliability work done. It includes scheduling and planning activities, quality assurance of maintenance activities, stores and inventory management.

Recommended Readings

  • Business & Management
    Maintenance Strategy Business-Centered Maintenance by Anthony Kelly    ISBN: 13 978-0750624176
    The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacurer by Jeffery Liker
    ISBN:  9780071 392310
  • Manufacturing Process Reliability
    Juran’s Quality Handbook, 6th ed. by Joseph Defeo and Joseph Juran    ISBN: 978-0-07-162973-7
    Maintenance & Reliability Best Practices by Ramesh Gulatti    ISBN: 978-0-83-113434-1
    World Class Manufacturing: The Lessons of Simplicity Applied by Richard J. Schonberger    ISBN: 978-1-416-59254-9
  •  Equipment Reliability
    RCM-Gateway to World Class Maintenance by Anthony M. Smith    ISBN: 978-0750674614
    Making Common Sense Common Practice: Models for Manufacturing Excellence by Ron Moore  ISBN: 978-0750678216
  • Organization & Leadership
    The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner)by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner    ISBN: 978-1119278962
    Successfully Installing TPM in a Non-Japanese Plant: Total Productive Maintenance by Edward H. Hartmann ISBN: 978-1882258000
    Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture: Based on teh Competing Values Framework by Kim S. Cameron and Robert E. Quinn    ISBN: 978-0470650264
  • Work Management
    Computerized Maintenance Management Systems by Terry Wireman    ISBN: 978-0831130541
    Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Handbook by Richard (Doc) D. Palmer (first 3 chapters)    ISBN: 978-0071784115


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