Engineering Asset Management Programme

Engineering Asset Management is an emerging inter-disciplinary field that combines and optimizes the technical issues of asset reliability, maintenance, safety and asset performance with the requisite financial and managerial skills. The emphasis of Engineering Asset Management is to achieve sustainable business outcomes and competitive advantage by applying holistic, systematic and risk-based processes to critical thinking and root cause analysis decisions concerning an organisation's physical assets, including its fixed plant, mobile equipment, and it's civil, electrical and mechanical infrastructure.

This programme is designed for Engineers aiming to become Maintenance and Reliability practitioners, and is essential for Engineers and Managers who are responsible for plant maintenance and reliability including projects in manufacturing, utilities, energy engineering and the engineering service industries. On completion of the programme the Graduates will be suitable for  engineering management positions, who shall be capable of efficiently and effectively managing the physical assets of their organisations.

Professor Chanan Syan, the past Programme Leader for Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, describes Engineering Asset Management as "the missing link in the Caribbean".

"The Caribbean countries are in that phase of their development where the majority of the industrial and economic activities comprise of procuring , installing and effectively operating and maintaining plant and assets, and using these to produce value-added products and services locally and internationally. Effective asset procurement, operation, maintenance, reliability  and disposal are the core competency requirements for the region. However, there is no capacity building, development in this critical area of Engineering Asset Management regionally", explained Syan, a professor of production engineering and management.

The present programme coordinator Mr. Kishore Jhagroo indicates that the Engineering Asset Management programme has matured to the position where Graduates are now more "Industry Ready" mainly due to the intervention of SME's, with over 30 years of field experience, in the lecturer sessions and the use of short courses, some delivered by the authors of the books used int he programme.  For these short courses students are invited to bring along their managers and technicians, in reliabililty and maintenance, so that these stakeholders can all share in some of hte taught MSc material and thus together develop the critical thinking and root cause analysis capabilities necessary to optimally manage the industry's assets.

Aims and objectives

The objective of the Engineering Asset Management (EAM) programme is to provide industry with competent engineers capable of the acquisition, operation/ maintenance, and disposition of the physical assets of the organisations. This programme is designed to meet the University's Strategic Plan to provide industry with trained personnel in the area of Asset Mnagament to support their growth and competiveness.

The specific objective of this programme of study is to allow graduates in Enginnering and Science to strengthen and enhance their capabilities in engineering asset management relating to the acquisition, operation/maintanence, and disposal of plant and equipment.
On completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Develop, deploy and evaluate strategic plans for physical assets in creating and sustaining a competitive edge
  • Formulate maintenance objectives to support corporate / operations objectives and strategies
  • Develop and implement maintenance plans and programs to achieve maintenance objectives
  • Prepare and implement annual budgetary control systems
  • Select and implement effective maintenance technologies
  • Design and deploy organisational structures, processes, and procedures for managing physical assets
  • Develop and implement  work systems to achieve effective use of human resources
  • Plan and schedule maintenance work to optimise resources
  • Develop measurement and reporting systems for assessment of performance of assets and operations
  • Formulate and execute long and medium term plans for improvement in asset performance
  • Apply analytical and optimisation models to support decision making
  • Plan and control major plant overhauls and turnarounds
  • Select and use computerised maintenance management systems effectively  
  • Improve asset reliability and maintainability on a continuous basis.

Regulations

  • The general regulations of the University and Faculty of Engineering regulations for MSc degrees shall apply.
  • Candidates are required to pass both coursework and written examinations in each course offered.
  • In respect of each candidate who fails the examination in any course, the examiners shall recommend to the Board for Graduate Studies whether a second attempt at the examination should be permitted.
  • A full-time candidate who fails not more than two (2) courses in a semester may be allowed a second attempt at the examinations in those courses.
  • A part-time candidate who fails not more than one (1) course in a semester may be allowed a second attempt at the examination in that course.
  • Candidates will not normally be permitted to repeat the examination of any one (1) course on more than one subsequent occasion

Entry Requirements

The requirements for admission to the programme are as follows: -

  • BSc in Engineering or Science or an equivalent. Candidates with other qualifications will be considered if they have at least ten (10) years industrial experience in the area of engineering asset management. Qualifying examinations may also be prescribed for such candidates.
  • Normally, at least one (1) year of industrial experience is desirable. This may be waived in cases of high class of first degree from a recognised institution (i.e. first or upper second class honours).

Structure of Programme

Offered part-time and full-time.

Duration of Study

Part-time students: Normally expected to complete the examination requirements within four (4) semesters and complete the project in accordance with the relevant University regulations .

Full-time students: Normally expected to complete the examination requirements within two (2) semesters and complete the project in accordance with the relevant University regulations .
The programme consists of twelve (12) courses and a final project . Each course is taught over one (1) semester and carries three (3) credits and the final project carries nine (9) credits. MENG 6508 Research Methods is a compulsory course for all MSc programmes in the department.

Course Listing

The structure and the courses for each type will consist of the following courses:

A. Full-Time Programme Structure:

Core Courses

Semester 1

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6700 Strategic Asset Management
MENG 6701 Asset Maintenance Technologies
MENG 6705 Maintainability Engineering & Management
MENG 6402 Human Resource Management I

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6702 Work Planning and Scheduling
MENG 6703 Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics
MENG 6704 Maintenance Analysis and Optimisation
MENG 6706 Asset Reliability Management
MENG 6508 Research Methods
Optional Courses

Semester 1

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6505 Health, Safety and the Environment
MENG 6708 Reliability Centered Maintenance
MENG 6506 Project Management

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6707 Asset Performance Management
MENG 6405 Total Quality Management
MENG 6600 Final Project (On successful completion of 12 courses)

B. Part-Time Programme Structure:

Core Courses

Year 1

Semester 1

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6700 Strategic Asset Management
MENG 6701 Asset Maintenance Technologies
MENG 6402 Human Resource Management I

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6702 Work Planning and Scheduling
MENG 6703 Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics
MENG 6706 Asset Reliability Management

Year 2

Semester 1

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6705 Maintainability Engineering and Management

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6704 Maintenance Analysis and Optimisation
MENG 6508 Research Methods
Optional Courses

Year 2

Semester 1

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6505 Health, Safety and the Environment
MENG 6506 Project Management
MENG 6708 Reliability Centered Maintenance

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title
MENG 6707 Asset Performance Management
MENG 6405 Total Quality Management
MENG 6600 Final Project (On successful completion of 12 courses)

Other information

Requirements for Award of MSc

Candidates are required to obtain a total of 36 credits. In the part-time and full-time programme structure and courses above, in coursework and complete an industry-oriented project, MENG 6600, which is equivalent to nine (9) credits.

Who Should Enrol?

The programmes would be most useful to engineers and managers holding responsibilities for asset management, plant and project maintenance, reliability and operational efficiency, and projects in the engineering, manufacturing and service Industries. Graduates in engineering or science wishing to pursue careers in engineering asset management may also apply.

Financial Support

The Department may be able to provide some financial support for specific, research projects. Trinidad and Tobago nationals are eligible for support under the GATE programme. For more information, please contact The Secretary at UWI Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Production Engineering and Management Office at 868 662 2002 (Tel.) Ext: 83494 or 2067 or Production.Engineering@sta.uwi.edu (E-mail), or visit our website: http://www.sta.uwi.edu/eng.

 

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