Education and Training Needs in Maintenance: How you conduct a self audit in Maintenance Management

  • Yiannis Bakouros
  • Sofia Panagiotidou
  • Cosmas Vamvalis
Conference paper


Effective maintenance strategies are needed in today’s competitive business to meet the needs of specific business environments for SMEs aiming to achieve increased availability and performance. Maintenance managers and technicians can operate more effectively if they are more adequately trained. Thus result a dramatic reduction in breakdowns, maintenance costs and defects, whilst realising an increase in resource availability and productivity. Unfortunately so far training in maintenance, by using mainly theoretical approach and therefore providing methodologies unfeasible to be implemented, was fragment and superficial.

The overall aim of this paper is to analyze the status of education and training on key maintenance principles and to present current needs and trends in the described area of present text is to describe the specifications that should be followed to better conduct a self-audit in Maintenance Management. The maintenance audit constitutes one of the first steps a company has to follow before launching a Maintenance Management policy. Furthermore, occasionally it is essential for the maintenance manager to take a step back and look at the overall progress being made; in short to carry out a maintenance audit. An audit is a more questioning activity than monitoring performance indicators.

The specifications that are given in this text constitute a general frame of sequence of steps that should be followed in order an audit in Maintenance Management can be performed rather than a set of explicit and constraining guidelines.


Preventive Maintenance Training Material Maintenance Strategy Maintenance Management Audit Tool 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yiannis Bakouros
    • 1
  • Sofia Panagiotidou
    • 1
  • Cosmas Vamvalis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Western MacedoniaKozaniGreece
  2. 2.Atlantis EngineeringPilea, ThessalonikiGreece

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