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Introduction to Operation and Maintenance Engineering - Basic 7.5 credits

Introduktion till drift- och underhållsteknik - grundbegrepp
First cycle, D0011B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Maintenance Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Other Subjects within Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 3c (specifik entry A8). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics D (specifik entry 8)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
This course aims to provide students with general knowledge in Operation and Maintenance Engineering. After completing the course the student should:  
• understand why maintenance is needed for technical systems
• demonstrate an understanding of dependability and how it can be improved
• be able to calculate availability and reliability
• be able to assess risks and have insight into human error within maintenance.
After completing the course module on gender equality, the student should show an understanding of the national gender equality goals, regulations for gender equality in professional life and give examples of the prerequisite for gender equality in professional life.

The course covers:
• Definitions and basic concepts
• Methods for Condition Monitoring
• Reliability calculations of series and parallel systems
• Maintainability of technical systems
• Human error within maintenance
• Maintenance support performance and calculation of Overall Equipment Effectiveness
• Life Cycle Cost analysis
• Risk Management
• Gender equality in the workplace. 
• National gender equality goals and regulations 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is conducted using pre-recorded theoretical elements followed by a discussion session, according to the "flipped classroom" concept. Students are to be preparing for the discussion sessions by following the assigned material. Active participation in class is expected. Compulsory attendance is required for presentations. The course module on gender equality consists of recorded lectures and literature.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written examination and approved assignments. The course module on gender equality is examined through quizzes.

Matti Rantatalo

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Driftssäkerhet och Underhåll, Arne Nissen et al., DoU, LTU

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA16
0004AssignmentU G#3.00MandatoryA16

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 18 Jan 2013

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021