Root Cause Analysis for Technical and General Applications

Online /
Mar 7 - 8, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0310-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand Methodologies used for Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
  • Recognize the Role and importance of RCA in Failure Analysis
  • Gain insight into Common System failures
  • Establish and co-ordinate multi-discipline team to conduct the RCA
  • Perform Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
  • Develop the Plan for the Risk Mitigating Actions
  • Learn Techniques recommended for the Prevention of Failures

Root Causes Analysis (RCA) enables engineers to address immediate causes of failure but, more importantly, to investigate the underlying root cause. With modern methodologies for RCA, it is possible to identify and eliminate the root cause of a problem by employing suitable mitigating actions.

This course will present modern techniques used to perform RCA. The focus will be on various engineering failures. However, the methodology will also be extrapolated to a more comprehensive range of applications, including business, medical, and other non-technical fields. Several workshops with real-life case studies will be provided, where participants will gain hands-on experience in conducting the RCA analysis. Problems will be solved through teamwork, and the results will be analyzed and discussed.

This course is designed for technical and non-technical professionals with limited or no experience in the subject area and can be taken as a refresher course.

Course Outline:

  • Types of failure mechanisms
  • Main causes of failures
  • Hazards and risk assessment
  • Methodologies for root cause analysis (RCA)
  • Data collection and diagnostics
  • Use of a structured model for problem-solving
  • RCA solution and documentation
  • Workshops: case studies

Who Should Attend
Professionals who are responsible for identifying potential failures and their successful solving.
Maintenance engineers and technicians, operators and technologists. Other technical personnel who are directly or indirectly involved in maintenance and repair activities. Non-technical personnel who want to learn about investigative RCA skills are required to troubleshoot any potential problem encountered.

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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  • Importance of RCA analysis
  • RCA analysis in various application domains
  • Why do equipment or systems fail? Overview of world accidents
  • Common failure modes and causes: technical, human, etc.
  • Post-accident investigation: gathering data and evidence
  • Methodologies in RCA: Fault Tree method, Fishbone Ishikawa method
  • Methods on the shop floor: 5 Whys, Event and Causal factor, Pareto method
  • Workshop: Case studies and applications of RCA


  • Hazard identification and importance of diagnostics
  • Risk assessment methodology: risk matrix
  • Efficient risk mitigation techniques: ALARP
  • Failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA)
  • RCA used in troubleshooting industrial problems
  • Reliability engineering and failures: Cost-benefit analysis
  • Workshop: Case studies and applications
  • Summary and Conclusions


Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is the President of UBAMIP Consulting and a former Adjunct Associate Professor with over 30 years of experience in thermal engineering. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem-solving in the operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Mike has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in the industry in Canada, the USA and overseas.

His expertise, among others, includes the design, operation and maintenance of various types of storage tanks, pressure vessels, piping systems, and pumps and compressors. The focus of the consulting projects has been on risk assessment during operation and maintenance activities, as well as equipment failure analysis and accident prevention technologies based on inspection results and fitness for service studies.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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