Mr Mohammed Al Tae is a Engineering Quality & Reliability Manager at the Technical Centre Oman LNG Qalhat, Sultanate of Oman
The MEAM MSc programme (distance learning) was a wonderful blend of the organizational and technical challenges facing the maintenance industry, and to the maintenance manager in particular. The programme emphasized the need for strategic focus on maintenance policies, taking into account external influences (government regulations etc.) when setting objectives, and marrying these objectives and strategies with the maintenance organization. The programme illustrated various maintenance organization structures depending on resources, plant layout, technological capabilities etc. and the different techniques that can be applied to ensure optimum usage of resources to match organization structures. Apart from these organizational issues that looks at managing people, the programme also provided a strong focus on some of the technical issues – reliability, understanding risks, preventive and predictive maintenance techniques, rotating equipment, frequency analysis, to name a few. These subjects equip the maintenance manager with the necessary knowledge on managing the equipment; the necessity of understanding basic techniques for trouble shooting and for appreciating technology to allow the maintenance manager to ensure the most efficient and effective methods of maintaining assets. My final thesis on this programme allowed me to bring all these elements together; being equipped with this knowledge, I was able to audit my maintenance organization on both personnel and equipment performance, and highlight areas for improvements within each of these areas. Overall, in my opinion, this was a very good foundation programme for a practicing maintenance manager.
Mr Carlos Eguez is a QA/QC Inspector for Drilling and Workover Operations, Petroamazonas EP in Ecuador
I would like to say that as a former student of the MSc. MEAM, I feel very satisfied with the programme.
The contents are very useful and well balanced between engineering and engineering management. The expertise of instructors can be seen and they provide real life case studies for analysis and resolution.
The courses delivery format is also very appropriate and it allows the student to carry out further investigation and other complementary activities.
Modules assessment is clear and objective, only the dates could have been chosen differently.
Maria del Carmen Garcia Lizarraga is a Researcher at Nuclear Energy Department, Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, México
The MEAM programme at The University of Manchester is an excellent taught master course mainly due to the highly professional staff and lecturers who deliver it. The content of the programme is very well balanced between engineering concepts and industrial experience. Therefore it is very useful for managing real situations in the field and also for having the engineering tools and techniques for solving problems in a more technical and scientific way. I personally enjoyed the way it was delivered because it allows a close interaction between lecturers and students, owing to knowledge and experience sharing opportunities.
Eng. Khalid Alotaibi is a Facility Manger at GD Arabia, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
Joining the Maintenance engineering & Asset management program has been a unique experience, due to its approach and coverage of various maintenance topics. The program addresses pivotal areas that interest the practicing engineer in the competitive and challenging work of preserving assets in industries through the application of a wide variety of techniques. The diversity, both in staff and students creates an opportunity of sharing cross-functional industrial knowledge from around the world. The program offers a wide range of materials and resources that appeal to real work conditions, and hence providing us with valuable information that will signify our ability in this field.
Gabriela Sanchez is from Ecuador
MEAM MSc was the best experience of learning for me. Being away from my home country, I found great classmates, great teachers and tutors during the programme. In my opinion, this programs is not just about what you can learn from the books, but what you can learn from your own experience at work and how to improve the job environment. I had recommended this program to my undergraduate classmates who are keen to take this in the next few years. I would also like to emphasize that the length of the course is just perfect for people who are already working in the field and can get a year off to attend the course and eventually return to the same job or even apply for a better position or better job elsewhere. As a Summary it deserves thumbs up.
Mary Otemu is a Senior Electrical Maintenance Engineer for Shell Nigeria
I would like to start by giving a summary of how I came to study Maintenance Engineering and asset management (MEAM). I got admission to study Electrical power systems and during my course of study I found out that I was struggling with the course, so I had to seek for counselling, and was referred to the MEAM programme. When I read through the course details, I found out that it corresponded to the experience I already had from the industry and so will enhance my practice. As a matter of fact, the Programme fulfilled all expectations.
Every industry’s aim is to have maximum IOR and in doing so, the assets have to be reliable, available and efficient. At the same time, some companies don’t like investing on maintenance as it is seen as wastage of funds. The program which comprises of eight modules centres around how to develop and practically implement maintenance plans, while optimising cost.
The program is a practical application of the ways to continuously improve asset reliability and integrity. For every maintenance strategy that is applied in any industry, this program exposes the black holes or gaps as well as how to effectively close them.