TRACK 1 - Introduction to Reliability Maintainability& Supportability (RMS) Disciplines

RMSP101: Introduction to System Reliability Engineering.
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of concepts, tools, design practices and test approaches to design and develop systems that meet customer reliability requirements. Key concepts addressed in the course include reliability terms and definitions, system reliability modeling and analysis, importance of maintenance, data sources, and reliability test approaches.

RMSP102: The Essence of Sustainability.
This course/workshop will teach students to understand and scrutinize the principles and role of materiel sustainability in effecting warfighter technical superiority and readiness at “best-cost”. It will also aid them in understanding the importance of establishing a Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) as part of the acquisition strategy and how a sustainment strategy is to be implemented. Examples will be given regarding what is and what should be.

RMSP103: Implementing Performance Based Logistics (PBL).
This fast-paced course integrates principles, policies and practices for implementing Performance Based Logistics (PBL) through enhanced Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability (RMS). It highlights key PBL concepts and the motivation for government and industry to improve sustainment strategies for defense weapon systems. The course summarizes Department of Defense directives and guidance concerning PBL implementation and describes examples from new systems and legacy sub-systems. It incorporates interactive team exercises to reinforce key activities like selecting a Product Support Integrator (PSI) and developing Performance-Based Agreements (PBA). The course also includes demonstration of additional PBL learning resources.

TRACK 2 - Implementing RMS Disciplines (Engineering Design)

RMSP 201: Reliability Analysis Toolkit.

The Reliability Analytics Toolkit is a collection of on-line tools for performing calculations and analyses commonly used in system reliability analysis. The tools include a variety of easy-to-use calculators such as redundancy calculators, Weibull analysis, reliability growth testing planning and tracking, spare parts requirements, component life-time purchase analysis, environmental impact on system MTBF, field MTBF calculations, confidence intervals, and common probability distributions. The toolkit is a cloud application that currently has over 25 calculators and requires no software downloads.

RMSP202: Software for Reliability Professionals.
This course will provide reliability professionals with the tools to accurately predict component and system reliability requirements. "What if" analyses will be used to determine how to reduce development costs, shorten time to market and reduce warranty costs.

RMSP203: Reliability Engineering and Analysis.

Reliability engineering and analysis includes the application of the advancing body of knowledge for mission reliability, maintainability and availability to achieve design requirements and life-cycle sustainability. Reliability analysis at the material or part design level provides methods that must be employed by engineers performing design, analysis and part selection (bill of materials) in specific disciplines [mechanical, structural, aerospace, electrical or chemical]. Reliability at the system design level provides methods to allocate requirements down to the assembly design configuration and subsequently achieve integration of design and reliability parameters into an assembly design configuration. Instructor: Dr. Bill Wessels, PE CRE Duration: 4 Days

RMSP204: Design-for-Reliability.
Design-for-reliability combines the application of the advancing body of knowledge for mission reliability with the current body of knowledge for material and part design analysis. Reliability analysis at the material or part design level provides methods that must be employed by engineers performing design analysis, design art and part selection (bill of materials) in a specific discipline [mechanical, structural, aerospace, electrical or chemical. Key concepts are: Interference theory to characterize reliability math models, design of experiments, reliability failure analysis and reliability math modeling and simulation.

RMSP205: Applied System Engineering.
The fundamental principles of Systems Engineering will be presented. Systems Engineering consists of a multidisciplinary approach employing the coordination of teams, processes and tools to effectively and efficiently manage an enterprise and its contractors throughout the system’s life cycle. As projects have become increasingly complex, the need for well-prepared Systems Engineering leaders has become a key component for managing Systems Engineering projects. Methods for designing effective engineering systems throughout a system’s life cycle will be described using DoD and commercial models.

RMSP206: Risk Management and Decision Making.

This course will examine the concepts, techniques and tools for managing risk and making decision as key components of the systems engineering process. Differences between mission critical and non-mission critical programmatic risk will be emphasized. Other topics include the limits of expected value-based risk analysis, decision making strategies such a max/min, min/max and regrets. Formal methods in risk analysis, elementary decision analysis and decision trees, multi- objective decision making, pareto techniques, optimality, and trade-off analysis will be covered. Risk and decision techniques will be contrasted with the interfacing processes of program management and software engineering, from both the government (DOD) and industrial perspectives. Case studies will be used throughout the course to demonstrate actual implementation of concept and techniques.

RMSP207: System Safety: Principles and Best Practices.
This course will help the student to implement system safety principles proactively and efficiently. This combination of lectures and workshops is intended for beginning-level engineers and intermediate level practitioners in design and safety. Technical managers in all engineering fields will find it a good overview of system safety concepts.

RMSP208: How to Specify Software Reliability on Government Contracts.
How to Specify Software Reliability on Government Contracts: Methods for predicting software reliability are well defined as per IEEE 1633 Recommended Practices for Software Reliability 2016 edition.  This course addresses how to specify software reliability objectives and tailor software reliability activities for Military programs. The attendee is working for a Military organization.  Familiarity with IEEE 1633 Recommended Practices for Software Reliability, 2016 is highly recommended but not required.

TRACK 3 - Designing the Support Environment

RMSP301: Product Support Integration in a Performance Based Logistics Environment.
This course integrates principles and practices of Performance Based Logistics (PBL) in the context of planning responsibilities of the Product Support Integrator (PSI). It highlights key PBL concepts and the motivation for government and industry to improve sustainment strategies for defense weapon systems. This course summarizes Department of Defense directives and guidance concerning PBL implementation and describes examples from new systems and legacy sub-systems. The course includes techniques for meeting requirements for scheduling, prioritization, analysis, and forecasting.

RMSP302: Understanding and Performing Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) on Complex Systems.
Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) is an analytical methodology used to determine where an item will be replaced, repaired, or discarded based on cost considerations and operational readiness requirements. For a complex engineering system containing thousands of assemblies, sub-assemblies and components (organized into several levels of indenture and with a number of possible repair decisions), LORA seeks to determine an optimal provision of repair and maintenance facilities to minimize overall life-cycle costs. Logistics personnel examine not only the cost of the part to be replaced or repaired but all of the elements required to make sure the job is done correctly. This includes the handling, storage, transportation, skill level of personnel, tools required to perform the task, test equipment required to test the repaired product, and the facilities required to house the entire operation. This course will cover the basics of performing a LORA and will serve as an introduction to advanced LORA topics.

RMSP303: Design Interface / Maintenance Planning and Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) – Part 2
The objective of performing a LORA is to determine where an item will be replaced, repaired, or discarded based on cost considerations and operational readiness requirements. A LORA is also used to assess and influence the supportability of the design early in development. Executing the LORA process throughout the life cycle can ensure system design and maintenance planning achieve an effective support solution. Within this context, this course will examine in detail system architecting, systems engineering and design engineering processes that integrate the requirements for system design leading to a cost efficient sustainable maintenance solution. This course will cover the basics of performing a LORA and will serve as an introduction to advanced LORA topics. Student will be able to conduct the LORA process with an understanding of how it is used to determine the optimum cost of repair of an end item/equipment by taking into consideration all associated support cost drivers (e.g., manpower, support equipment, training, transportation, etc.) that would be required at each line of maintenance. Students will learn and understand how to conduct LORA using COMPASS 7.

RMSP304: Logistics Support Analysis Reports.

The LSAR is a Logistics Engineering tool and is populated with various logistical and RAM data. The logistical data will include all of the data associated with both corrective and preventative maintenance tasks. The items required to support each maintenance task will also be identified. This would normally include skills, technical data, spare parts, tools and support equipment (standard and special), and facilities. Logistics Support Analysis Reports (LSAR), as prescribed by MIL-STD- 1388/2B, are the foundation for designing systems for sustainment and identifying the sustainment functions and necessary resources to support the system. The Logistics Support Analysis Records record and maintain results of system engineering and logistics analysis and provide LSA Reports to be used in managing delivery of the system. These are maintained within the Product Life-cycle Management System (PLCS) through the sustainment activities supporting the system in the operation. The LSA Record is a relational database and if developed and maintained correctly, it can provide a powerful database and tool to the sustainment stakeholder. Upon fielding the sustainment of the PLCS includes maintaining certain parts of the LSA record for comparing specified performance with actual and facilitating performance improvement and responses to diminishing sources of support.

RMSP305: Reliability-Centered Maintenance.
Reliability-centered maintenance, RCM, includes the application of the advancing body of knowledge for mission reliability, maintainability and availability to achieve life-cycle sustainability by making the transition from restoring system functionality through unscheduled repair maintenance (corrective maintenance) to preserving system functionality through scheduled maintenance (preventive maintenance). The implementation of RCM is achieved by following one of three paths: condition-based maintenance (CBM), time-directed maintenance (TDM), and stress-directed maintenance (SDM). Determination of the appropriate path is achieved by reliability failure analysis. Key concepts include: understanding the economic and safety benefits of RCM, the three paths of RCM and the method to determine the applicable path, and understanding the how the organization’s risk of failure enables determination of an cost optimum policy for part replacement.

RMSP306: Performance-Based Logistics (PBL).
PBL is a package of sustainment interfaces and system effects that will provide a level of significant system capability, reliably predicted for a set of operational tasks at a commitment of support funds to the yield budget and to deliver that capability with continuous support and system capability through its planned life. This course provides a dynamic, real-time learning environment oriented toward developing a range of life cycle logistics and product support competencies. It challenges participants to review what they think about traditional contracting policies and practices versus the new requirements. Instructor: Edward Herger Duration: 3 days
RMSP307: Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS).
The purpose of this course is to understand and mitigate the loss of, or impending loss of, the last known supplier of an item or raw material. This course includes an overview of DMSMS acquisition policy and application of a proactive program for equipment and systems. DMSMS cases may occur at any phase in the acquisition cycle, from design and development through post- production, and have the potential to severely impact weapon system supportability and life cycle costs. This course will include mitigation methodologies for the life cycle of equipment and systems.

RMSP308: ERP / Impact to ILS Applications.
This course educates attendees with regard to the impact of Navy ERP on Integrated Logistics and associated systems. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the benefits and impacts of Navy ERP on NAVSEA Integrated Logistics and associated systems.

RMSP309: Fundamentals of Logistics.
This course will introduce you to current DoD and commercial logistical best practices and initiatives and to the impact on remaining competitive in the global environment. The current logistics infrastructure was designed primarily to support operations in a cold war environment characterized by a cumbersome distribution, warehouse and transportation system. Both military and commercial logistics concepts and objectives will be examined relative to managing the flow of materiel, products and support to include activities such as supply chain management, transportation and warehousing.

RMSP310: Assurance Technologies: Designing for Excellence.
Engineers and managers tend to work in silos with very little effort spent on system integration. The systems are bound to fail if the team does not appreciate that a system is more than the sum of its parts. The entire team has to understand the integration among reliability, maintainability, system safety, logistics engineering, software trustworthiness, human factors, performance,, and quality engineering. This seminar covers all these areas in detail, as well as, an interactive workshop.

RMSP311: Hardware & Software Integration.
Few engineers can remain purely hardware or software designers. Today’s systems – from chip and boards to PCs and networks – require at least a working knowledge of both worlds. This course presents trends and techniques to equip engineers with a larger “systems” view of electronics. Students will gain understanding of the many hardware-software, analog-digital, chip-package-board trade- offs that go into today’s commercial and industrial electronics: how software looks to a hardware design and vice versa; system-level trade-off modeling and techniques; understand how the move to multi- core and multi-processor systems is affecting hardware, software and system designers; and understand how Intellectual Property (IP) is changing the way hardware, software and the interfaces are designed.

RMSP312: Demystifying - CyberSecurity to Solving Software Reliability Problems in Systems Engineering.
This course prepares project personnel and senior managers with the knowledge and skillset to understand, assess and take a proactive posture in cyber security in managing risks associated with software reliability within System Engineering. Building on Cyber Security principles, senior managers will be able to better manage development programs by identifying, monitoring, prioritizing, controlling, and mitigating cybersecurity risks within the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

RMSP313: Cyber Security Exposed.
This course educates users with the CyberSecurity knowledge and skill set to survive malicious attacks that continue to increase in COMPLEXITY, FREQUENCY and SEVERITY. Students understand what CyberSecurity is all about: to manage assets, and deploy security measures to pre-empt, prevent, and proactively control risks by identifying, monitoring, prioritizing, controlling, and mitigating them. Controlling these threats requires multiple security disciplines working together in context. While no single solution will solve the problem of such threats, next-generation security tools provides the unique monitoring, management, configuration, control, and the integration needed to find and stop these threats — both known and unknown. This course will show what these tools are all about.

TRACK 4 - Managing & Cost Management for RMS

RMSP401: Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RM&A).

RM&A provides an overview of acquisition policy and its application in the design, development, and deployment of equipment and systems. The goal is to understand and be able to use the concepts of life cycle management, performance-based life-cycle sustainment, emphasizing total ownership cost, materiel availability, reliability, and mean down time. Instructor: Edward Herger Duration: 3 days

RMSP402: Managing Design for Reliability Requirements.
This course will help the student to manage the design process which aims at writing clear system specifications to ensure reliability of the total system including the integration with maintainability, system safety, human factors, and logistics. This program of instruction will include intensive hands-on in-class exercises.

RMSP403: Managing Design for Reliability (DFR) Processes.

The objectives of this workshop include: - Defining reliability and when to apply reliability into the design effort; - Translating failure data into basic reliability information; - Explaining the various reliability distributions including the Weibull distribution basics; - Describing how to make reliability better and the various methods of reliability testing. You will benefit from this training by learning how to reduce product warranty costs, improve customer satisfaction through detailed requirements specifications, develop risk minimizing test plans as part of the Product Development Process (PDP), and to provide accurate budgets with decreased development cycle times meeting program schedule goals and customer commitment dates.

RMSP404: Reliability for Systems of Systems.
This course will introduce students to the current concepts of Systems of Systems as they are being used in evolving DoD programs and the requirements for implementing these concepts, as they are needed. The course will explain key concepts associated with the relationships between a Family of Systems and a System of Systems and help the student to understand the motivations linked to a suggested Federated System of Systems environment. This course will facilitate discussion of the requirements for developing DoD Architecture Framework (DODAF) products that account for more than the material solution, as well as System of Systems solutions which consider the user and stakeholder in addition to the policies and procedures.

RMSP405: Principles of Product Lifecycle Costing.
This course prepare attendees to succeed in establishing, maintaining and defending Product Support Lifecycle Cost (LCC) estimates to better manage the acquisition and sustainment of systems. Provide knowledge and skills in the uses of LCC cost estimates, the several estimating methods, and how LCC estimates are applied to Product Support management through the life cycle of the system.

RMSP406: Product Support & Life Cycle Costing.
This course will advance student understanding and capabilities in the area of doing cost analysis/estimating for the product support during the life cycle of any new DoD systems. It emphasizes DoD policies and practices regarding the relations between product support and life cycle costing. The information gained from this course will translate immediately into knowledge useful to the duties and responsibilities of DoD employees.

RMSP407: System Life-Cycle Best Cost from Reliability Analysis.

This course provides instruction on methods to characterize the expected life-cycle costs for system sustainment through reliability analysis.

RMSP408: Reduce Product Total Ownership Costs (TOC) while Improving Customer Satisfaction.
In fiscally constrained times, every product team feels the pressure for reducing costs. The requirements seem to increase while the funding decreases. How does a team ensure their product is still effective (in the eyes of the customer) while experiencing challenging budget cuts? This new course offering is unique in that it is designed for teams to answer this question specifically for their program, project or product. The course provides teams a distinct opportunity to work together on how to meet their fiscal challenges and improve their product lines, strategies and plans. Attendees are expected to blend and apply many of the concepts from other RMS Partnership and DAU courses. The course is conducted in a workshop style format, designed for selected members of the same product team to attend together. The team is expected to identify potential ways to improve the overall program and include roughly estimated cost impacts. The team will prepare and deliver a briefing, describing the team’s recommendations and proposed plan of action, to be presented to the Program, Product or Project Manager. Suggested course size is no more than 12 persons with knowledge of various aspects of the program being managed. Participants should be managers with the authority to recommend or implement changes to current strategies, plans and product design features. Pre-work is required to provide the group and instructor/facilitator basic information about the program, project or product to be improved. Program, Project or Product Manager’s and their staff members who are interested in participating should identify a coordinator for the group. NOTE: Coordinators are asked to contact the instructor no later than 60 days prior to the course to ensure pre-work is completed prior to the course start date.

RMSP409: Systems Engineering Management.
This course provides comprehensive knowledge and real-world case studies in the critical domains of project management (for cost and schedule) and system engineering management (for technical evaluation and implementation). Students will gain detailed knowledge in management techniques applicable to activities within Systems Engineering, including evaluating new technologies and integrating with legacy systems, technical performance measures (TPM), the middle-out approach to process tailoring, SEMP/SEWP planning, effect of software engineering, maturity assessment models like CMMI, conducting technical reviews and audits, and more. Several case studies from a wide range of projects will be presented to illustrate key concepts and management techniques with the goal of demonstrating how projects can succeed with the proper implementation of systems engineering management.

RMSP410: Business Case Analysis for Logistics
This course introduces logisticians and engineers to the principles of making cost effective selections from alternatives. It will show how to project the likely financial results and other business consequences of an action. It shows the cash flow consequences, over time, and – most important – includes the methods and rationale used for quantifying benefits and costs. You will be able to apply the principles of cost estimating to the technical aspects of acquisition logistics and thereby be able to develop thorough cost effectiveness information for the purpose of making sound selection decisions from among possible candidate solutions.

TRACK 5 - Contracting and Contact Management

RMSP501: Introduction to Fundamental Legal Issues Facing the Engineering Professional.
The purpose of this class is to provide a survey understanding of the legal environment for engineering professionals. The course will focus on the common law (case law) but will incorporate federal acquisition regulations to the extent that it is necessary to assist the students in understanding key differences. There will also be an introduction to ethics and the ethical responsibilities of professional engineers. Students will be able to identify common legal issues facing the legal professional, including legal issues related to contracts, intellectual property, liability, and the U.S. legal system.

RMSP502: Introduction to Public Contracts Management.
This course is designed to promote more effective management of engineering contracts and to increase the awareness of issues of contract requirements for non-technical managers within technical organizations. Analysis of the contracting process (including initial budget preparation and justification, execution of a contract, and administration of the contract to completion). Due to the nature of the subject matter, related legal issues will also be discussed. Students will acquire a working familiarity with the contracting process, techniques for source selection, and contract administration.

RMSP503: Introduction to Private Contract Management.

This course is designed to promote more effective management of private engineering contracts and to increase the awareness of issues of contract requirements for non-technical managers within technical organizations. Due to the nature of the subject matter, related legal issues will also be discussed. Students will gain a working familiarity with the private contracting process, techniques for contract negotiations, and contract

TRACK 6 - Standards/Handbooks

RMSPS1: MIL-HDBK-781A – Proposed Changes.
This is a totally interactive course giving the students unprecedented access to what they want a standard to be. Each can voice their concerns, share their needs, and critique the document as is and the proposed changes. A shouldn’t miss course – both for those doing reliability estimates and those running (or overseeing) combined environment testing.

RMSPS2: MIL-STD-810G Highlighting the Change Notice Changes.
More than ever, -810 tests center around the Life Cycle Environmental Profile. This class interactively shows how to build and use one, then describes the 29 test Methods. Changes in Change Notice 1 will be highlighted, and these will not only make testing better but in most cases easier to accomplish. Even seasoned users won’t want to miss this one – it is the fastest way to truly understand what the changes 


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