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Engineering maintenance management

How reliable is reliable enough?


Reliability engineering is a discipline that focuses on the capability of equipment within systems to function without failure. In practice, this is predicted and validated through the implementation of Reliability, Availability and Maintainability of the system. These are interlinked, but separate characteristics of a system which encompass the supply chain, procurement, components, materials and overall system design.

Reliability is an essential, but misunderstood function, where striking an optimal balance between cost, reliability, and performance is a continual challenge which can negatively affect overall business performance if executed poorly. 

In this talk, Fraser will provide a view to the question of “How reliable is reliable enough?”, through a combination of highlighting accepted best practice, along with employing experiential examples that illustrate key points.

Design and Manufacturing
Leadership and Management
Asset Management
Management of Technology


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

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10 Apr 2024  

2:00pm - 4:00pm

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  • Scotland South East Local Network

Registration information

Registration is not essential but is recommended to help us judge our catering requirement.



Fraser Paterson

Senior Systems Engineer - Jacobs Engineering Ltd

Fraser Paterson is a Senior Systems Engineer who is currently working for Jacobs Engineering Ltd. He has more than a decade of experience, delivering Maintenance and Asset Management, as well as Integrated System level Interface Management across a number of industries.

He has delivered across a number of projects in Nuclear, Rail and Manufacturing, underpinned by a strong background in Mechanical Engineering, from which he gained an BEng (Hons) from Heriot-Watt University in 2012.


Napier University (Craiglockhart Campus)

219 Colinton Road

EH14 1DJ

IET events are usually held in the Siegfried Room

Venue note: Attendees are encouraged to travel by public transport if possible. Several Lothian Buses services stop close to the campus:

Services 4, 10, 27 and 45 stop nearby on Colinton Road at bus stop "Craiglockhart Campus"

Service 36 stops nearby on Glenlockhart Road at bus stop "Craiglockhart Campus".

If you need to take your car please park in Car Park A. Parking at Craiglockhart is tightly controlled and if you park anywhere else on site you may receive a Parking Charge Notice.

If you are a Blue Badge holder there are designated parking spaces beside the main building.


14:00 - Event start

14:45 - Question & Answer

15:00 - Tea/Coffee & networking




Free of charge