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G238
Introduction to Reliability Engineering

Robert P. Jackson, PE

The purpose of this course is to provide an introductory body of information that will allow the engineer, engineering manager or corporate manager the resources to start the process of organizing a reliability department within the company he or she works for. We wish to illustrate those key design practices that ensure high levels of reliability. This course will also provide references for further study so that the concepts of reliability and reliability engineering, as applied to commercial and consumer products, are not overlooked or taken for granted. Successfully completing this course will not make you an expert or a specialist but certainly will provide you with an understanding of the basics so further study will be less confusing. There is no doubt about the fact that the design process is one involving many disciplines and even though we explore only one; i.e. reliability, we touch on several others. The last portion of this course will address reliability methodology as applied to computer programming. The study of how to improve the reliability of computer codes is a huge industry and one that garners significant awareness. The interaction of various program packages remains critical to many systems and subsystems. Reliability can provide the understanding, through testing, to insure no issues when two, three or more companies contribute code that will drive systems as found in the “Airbus”, Boeing “Dreamliner”, MEGLEV, NASA’s shuttlecraft, top-of-the-line automotive products, etc.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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