Lean, Six Sigma, and Maintenance Best Practices

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Course Overview

Lean maintenance is a proactive strategy encompassing planned and scheduled maintenance through total productive maintenance (TPM) applying reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) logic. 

Learn how to apply Lean concepts to your everyday work, use Lean tools in maintenance scenarios, utilize 5S, conduct value-stream mapping, use Kaizen Event to manage a Lean implementation, develop an effective Lean enterprise strategy, and much more. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Maintenance managers, supervisors, and technicians
  • Reliability engineers
  • Maintenance engineers

Additional Information

This course, formerly known as "Lean Maintenance Operations," is part of the Maintenance and Reliability Management Certificate. Enhance your maintenance skills, while earning a recognized credential. 

Course Outline


  • Maintenance terms and definitions
  • What is a best practice?
  • What is benchmarking?
  • Understanding proactive maintenance

Maintenance Strategy Best Practices

  • Lubrication
  • Proactive maintenance
  • Precision maintenance
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Preventive maintenance

Work Management Best Practices

  • Computer maintenance management system (CMMS)
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Job kitting

Maintenance, Operations, and Repairs (MRO) Best Practices

  • Layout
  • Storage
  • Process

Measuring Best Practices

  • Why measure?
  • KPIs
  • Metrics
  • Leading and lagging indicators


Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson is the Chief Operating Officer for ReliabilityX, he began his maintenance career, while in high school, working for Tyson (formally IBP). He possesses over 20 years of leadership experience improving maintenance departments processes for Fortune 500 companies in the food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.

Joe is the author of a column in Plant Services magazine and is a recognized leader in reliability.

Joe possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Strayer University. He is a CMRP, CRL, CARO, MLT2, MLA1, LSSGB, IAM-55k, CRL Black Belt and was recognized as one of the top 50 leaders in the country by the United States Congress, being awarded the National Leadership Award.

Jeff Oelke

Jeff Oelke oversees the Maintenance and Reliability Certificate offered through the University of Wisconsin–Madison Engineering Professional Development. Mr. Oelke has over 20 years of experience working with manufacturing companies. In addition to a thorough understanding of Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and Quick Response Manufacturing strategies, Mr. Oelke has firsthand experience with assembly, metal forming, welding, plastics, printed circuit layout and fabrication, paint and wood products manufacturing processes. Prior to joining Engineering Professional Development, Mr. Oelke was the managing member of the Continuum Management Group, LLC, Richland Center, WI, and the division manager for supplier development at Deere and Company’s Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division. Mr. Oelke possesses MS and BS degrees with concentrations in manufacturing operations and computer hardware architecture.  He has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Upcoming dates (1)

Mar. 31 - Apr. 1, 2021

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Program Director

Jeff Oelke


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