Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) | Practitioners

The online version of this course will be run over a two week period, from 8am - 12 noon AEST each day.  The Practitioners Course in May will run on Friday 7th May, then Monday 10th to Friday 14th May 2021.



The three day RAM Practitioners Course teaches students how to undertake some of the reliability activities necessary for producing a ‘reliable system.’ This course is primarily tailored for those who are new to the discipline but will help those who wish to develop their skills further. Members of ‘producer organizations’ (those who design and manufacture systems) and members of ‘consumer organizations’ (those who specify and purchase a system) will gain valuable insight on what they can do to get a more reliable system. The key focus is being able to understand the probabilistic nature of reliability performance, and analyse failure data to inform key decisions. This includes understanding key probability distributions (such as the Weibull distribution) and being able to use this knowledge to do thing like design reliability tests.

The RAM Practitioners Course comprises the last three days of the five day RAM Management Course, which also includes our two day RAM Introduction Course. The latter involves more organizational and management considerations for producing reliable systems.

No subject matter expertise is assumed.

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Online

What you will receive:

  • Comprehensive electronic course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of  approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs
    For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our postgraduate credit and micro-credential page.

*pending final results

Affiliated courses:  RAM Management Course (five days) and RAM Practitioners Course (three days)



“I find probability and statistics hard, but the way it is taught on this course made it as easy as possible for me to understand”

We used to just follow the standard approach for testing – we won’t anymore”

“This is not just relevant for reliability engineering … it is relevant for all engineering”

“If you don’t know this stuff, you can’t call yourself a reliability engineer”


Anyone requiring an understanding of RAM engineering, including, but not limited to;

managers; project managers; capability development staff; project technical staff; systems engineers; hardware and software engineers.


Day One

Fundamental Mathematics of RAM | Introduction to Probability Distributions | Weibull Plotting

Day Two

Discrete Distributions | Introduction to Bayesian Analysis | System Reliability Modelling | Reliability Block Diagrams (RBDs) | Fault Trees | Event Trees | Confidence Intervals and Bounds | Reliability Demonstration Testing

Day Three

Software Reliability | Maintainability | Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) | Reliability Allocation | Introduction to Markov Chain Monte Carlo Simulation (MCMC) | Case Study


The RAM Management course is provided through UNSW Professional Education System. UNSW Canberra offers a variety of short courses that cater for a wide range of needs for both Defence and non-Defence attendees. The courses are universally acclaimed by attendees to be well delivered, well organised, relevant to their needs, and well supported by presentations, notes and texts.

In addition to a valuable learning experience, attendees also value the excellent networking opportunities offered by these courses as participants are able to interact with other attendees from various parts of Defence, defence industry, government organisations, and commercial businesses.


UNSW Professional Education: telephone (02) 6268 8135 and

Course details and enrolment is available under the ‘Systems Engineering’ Category at


Dr Jackson holds a Ph.D. and MSc in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland’s Center of Risk and Reliability. He also holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering and has substantial experience in the field of risk, reliability and maintainability. He is a Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) through the American Society of Quality (ASQ) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) through Engineers Australia. He was the inaugural director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA’s) Center of Reliabiltiy and Resilience Engineering and the founder of its Center for the Safety and Reliability of Autonomous Systems (SARAS). He has had an extensive career as a Senior Reliability Engineer in the Australian Defence Force, and is the Director of Acuitas Reliability Pty Ltd. He has supported many complex and material systems develop their reliability performance, and assisted in providing reliability management frameworks that support business outcomes (that is, make more money). He has been a reliability management consultant to many companies across industries ranging from medical devices to small satellites. He has also led initiatives in complementary fields such as systems engineering and performance based management frameworks (PBMFs). He is the author of two reliability engineering books, co-author of another, and has authored several journal articles and conference papers.

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7 May 2021 - 14 May 2021