TMR4260 - Safe Operation and Maintenance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 70/100 4 hours A
Work 30/100

Course content

The reliability centered maintenance (RCM) -process and the statistics and reliability theory related to this process. Operational organisations and systems. Operation in a life cycle perspective. Type of failures and failure mechanisms in equipment and machinery systems during operation, and impact on efficiency, costs, safety, and the environment. Condition-based maintenance and methods for diagnosis and prognosis. Condition monitoring and inspection methods. Maintenance management, planning and resources. Risk assessment and safety in operation and maintenance planning.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the students shall be able to utilize methods for achieving safe, cost efficient, and environmental friendly operation of technical systems.

More specifically, this means that the students shall:

  • Be able to apply Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) to develop and/or revise maintenance programs for technical systems.
  • Have sufficient knowledge to be able to explain, categorize and use essential terms, such as safety, risk, reliability, availability, maintenance, maintenance management, and maintainability.
  • Be able to explain the different life cycle phases of a system and the relations, and define requirements to a safe, reliable and maintainable system.
  • Be able to explain the technical, human and organizational resources that constitute maintenance management and an efficient operational organization.
  • Be able to utilize risk assessment methods in general, and for maintenance planning of technical systems, in particular.
  • Be able to calculate life cycle costs for technical systems.
  • Understand the importance of learning from accidents and the causal relations between human, technical, and organizational factors.
  • Understand failure mechanisms and types of failures for technical systems.
  • Have knowledge of the statistical basis for relevant maintenance methods, including methods for maintenance optimization of costs and intervals.
  • Understand the principles of condition based maintenance and be able to use relevant methods for diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Know techniques for condition monitoring and be able to analyze and assess the need for condition monitoring of a technical system.
  • Be able to write project reports and document work and results in a structured, clear and concise manner.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, project work, and conventional assignments. Some/a share of the assignments may be mandatory for admission to the final exam. The course will be taught in English if international students attend.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The project work counts 30% on the course grade, and the final exam 70%. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.

In order to pass the course, all parts of the exam must be assessed to having a grade level corresponding to passed.

For a re-take of an examination, all assignments/assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be announced at course start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMR4265 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Safety, Reliability and Maintenance
  • Operations and Maintenance Management
  • Maintenance and Risk Analysis
  • Operation technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 70/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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