Introduction to Condition Based Maintenance

  • Course level: Intermediate

About Course

Condition-based maintenance is a powerful tool if used correctly. Often misunderstood and misapplied this course clears confusion on what technologies to apply and how often they are needed. It helps technicians choose the best maintenance options for their equipment. 0.4 CEUs.


Condition-based maintenance (CBM) comprises two main parts – condition monitoring using the human senses or various technologies and, then taking corrective action as a preventive measure, if and when a fault is detected. It is often mistakenly considered to be a form of Preventive Maintenance. In fact, in using CBM techniques, there is no prevention of any failures at all. There is only the identification of failures that have already begun to occur but have not yet progressed so far as to be problematic. This course introduces basic CBM concepts, why we use it, how we use it, and how often we should use it, as well as the difference between CBM and preventive maintenance. The various technologies applied in condition monitoring: human senses, vibrations, ultrasound, oil analysis, infrared and non-destructive testing are all introduced. The significance of the Industrial Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are introduced. The student should come away with a good understanding of the technologies available for use and enough information to make informed decisions on what technologies are most applicable in a given situation.

Course earns 0.4 CEUs.

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What Will I Learn?

  • Understand Condition Based Maintenance Concepts
  • Understand various CBM technologies
  • Learn how to apply those technologies in your application
  • Learn how to improve your PM program

Topics for this course

9 Lessons4h 15m

CBM Concepts?

First lesson on condition-based maintenance
1 – Introduction to CBM00:38:22

CBM Technologies?

Lessons covering each of the main technologies used in CBM

Low tech High Touch and High tech Low Touch

Intro to CBM Test

About the instructor

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18 Courses

66 students


Material Includes

  • 2 h 34 min of instructional videos
  • Copies of course slides in PDF format (downloadable)
  • 30 min quiz

Enrolment validity: 365 days


  • Recommended course text (Reliability Centered Maintenance - Re-Engineered); Link in description
  • Technical background (technician, technologist, engineer)
  • Working in maintenance and/or reliability

Target Audience

  • Maintenance managers
  • Maintenance and Reliability Engineers
  • RCM analysts and facilitators
  • Maintenance technicians and technologists
  • Maintainers