Maintenance Manager, be an expert at your job

Maintenance manager, be an expert that your job? What do you need to specifically do to not only manage your team but the maintenance processes at your plant, mill or mine. This three part video series will give you the answers you need to succeed.

What does a Maintenance Manager need to be an expert?

There are 3 things that a maintenance manager needs to be an expert.

  • Management skills
  • Technical skills
  • Leadership skills

What do you mean by management skills?

This is the part of the job where they are implementing the maintenance processes and ensuring that the maintenance team is following them. For reliability and maintenance, that includes Preventive Maintenance, Work Management Planning and Scheduling, materials and part parts, and maybe root cause. Root cause should be a joint effort with engineering, operations and HSE.

Learn the fundamentals of Results Oriented Reliability and Maintenance Management

What technical skills are needed?

These questions comes up, “How much technical knowledge or skills does a maintenance manager need? Do they need to be experts in alignment, balancing, lubrication, or how the equipment works?” In our opinion, we do believe they need to have some technical knowledge, because you can’t support the frontline if you don’t understand what they do and what they need to do their jobs.

It’s also difficult to create a vision or goals for your team. We aren’t saying you have to be a technical expert but you should know about the equipment in the plant and their components in order to understand about prevention and condition monitoring. For example, alignment, if you don’t know why it needs to be done, you can’t support the team. Need to learn some equipment basics? Buy our Condition Monitoring Standard books. These standards include the basic principles of equipment.

Condition Monitoring Standards to gain technical understanding
Condition Monitoring Standards to gain technical understanding

What needs to be avoided?

We’ve seen a lot of maintenance managers running around dealing with today’s latest emergency. For the most part, they should be letting the supervisor’s deal with those types emergencies.

Watch Part 2 and Part 3 of this video series to get even more insight on what a maintenance manager needs to be an expert.

Maintenance manager job description and skills
What does a maintenance manager need to be successful?

At IDCON, we understand the pressure you face trying to build a reliable plant.
We provide side-by-side reliability and maintenance consulting and training designed to keep your equipment running.

For over 45 years, we’ve partnered with 100s of manufacturing plants around the world to eliminate the costs and the pressure caused by unreliable equipment. And we’d love to do the same for you.

Contact us today to see how we can help you keep your plant running.

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Torbjörn Idhammar

President & CEO, IDCON Inc. Reliability and Maintenance Consultant

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