Training Courses

Use Harold’s practical training to get people to learn principles and techniques that they can start applying immediately. All the training is accompanied by practical examples, case studies and problems from your organisation to demonstrate the application of the material.

Training courses are adapted for your company. Harold also provides follow-up coaching and facilitation after the training course has been completed.

Root Cause Analysis

Proven Root Cause Analysis (RCA) techniques will be applied to practical case studies. After the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Apply the techniques learnt to their work situation
  • Start solving repetitive problems
  • Achieve substantial performance improvements

Where will the techniques be applicable?

  • Reducing plant and equipment downtime
  • Investigating incidents and improving safety
  • Resolving customer complaints and improving customer service
  • Reducing product defects and improving quality

Participants will also apply the learning to a problem from their own workplace, and will gain a practical insight into RCA. They will know how to target their problem solving actions so that their efforts are more profound and far-reaching.

The course duration is two days. One day will be spent learning the techniques and applying these to case studies. Delegates are then given two to three weeks to apply the techniques to a problem from their workplace, which is followed by a feedback session on the second day of training.

Lean manufacturing

A participative practical demonstration of how to apply lean manufacturing will be the central activity of this training course, in which participants will learn the principles of:

  • Identifying and reducing sources of waste
  • Lead-time and work-in-process reduction
  • Product flow and the use of “takt” time
  • Pull versus push production

Participants will apply the learning by analysing their own workplace and implementing improvements.

Effective Maintenance Management

Essential Maintenance Management is a two-day course which concentrates on the core principles of maintenance management, such as failure behaviour and maintenance tactics and tasks. One of the highlights is the interactive simulation game in which delegates are required to choose maintenance tactics in a competitive environment. Not only is the game a lot of fun, but fundamental learning is gained.

Maintenance Planning and Scheduling

This four-day course takes the delegate from a basic understanding of equipment failure and appropriate maintenance strategies to avoid downtime to detailed planning and scheduling of the maintenance tasks required. He or she will also learn what the duties of the maintenance planner are and where these fit into the organisational structure.

Maintenance and Reliability Analysis for Industrial Equipment

Reliability Engineering has become a critical tool for the asset management and maintenance of industrial equipment. It involves techniques and procedures to analyse the performance of the equipment and to reduce failures and downtime. This will have a direct positive impact on profitability. In this course delegates will:

  • Learn and understand the nature of industrial equipment failure
  • Use practical examples relating to equipment typical of their own work-site
  • Understand how reliability engineering can be used to develop preventative maintenance plans
  • Learn how to use statistical tools to predict equipment failure
  • Learn how to determine inspection intervals
  • Use Root Cause Analysis and continuous improvement to enhance reliability
  • Discuss conditions that need to exist in the organisation to achieve improved reliability

The three-day course concludes after delegates have developed their personal reliability improvement plan for their workplace.

Detailed training course outlines available on request

We are now running our public RCA and Maintenance Management courses through Ergo Business Development Academy (EBDA).
For more details contact Megan Duckworth at EBDA on 011 742 1019 / 082 417 5520 or