Planner Certification with Shon Isenhour
Behind a successful reliability program, there’s always a great plan for implementation. This is something that maintenance planners handle. They are the ones who create job plans, strategize those plans, and then develop procedures to implement them with success. The scope of a maintenance planner’s job is flexible, so there are different type roles that a planner or a planner and scheduler plays depending upon the type of the organization they are working for. Some of the maintenance planners receive proper training while the others just get into the process as they go along.
In this episode, we covered:
- Why is a plan for implementation the key to a successful reliability program?
- Why is consistent feedback important?
- Why does planning and scheduling hold great organizational value?
- And much more!
There are various ways a planner is trained but successful planners apply that training to be successful at their jobs. The organizations always struggle to define the criteria of competence for a planner’s job. There are plenty of certifications out there for planners but most of them lack the application of the training that students receive online or in a classroom. That’s why University of Tennessee has developed a planner certification that focuses on the applications of the training that students receive at the campus. They can practice that training at the facilities under the supervision of coaches. The best thing about this certification is that it is more than just a test.
Not only you get the understanding of subject matter but also, you are able to do workshops that are based on the application of those concepts that you have been getting familiar with. It gives you a chance to implement and learn with hands-on experience. With the help from your coach, you are able to explore different aspects of your training. Having that kind of support and be able to ask questions and get past some of the brick walls you hit at the facilities during implementation really makes a difference.
Consistent feedback on their daily tasks is the reason why this certification is much more important to make a change in the ways planners receive and implement their training capabilities. This provides them a way to prove that they have not only understood what planning and scheduling is but also, they have demonstrated good results after applying that knowledge in the facility. As these results are documented and made available as case studies, the organizations can learn from these best practices and save a lot of money that they would otherwise have to spend on full training of their employees.
Planning and scheduling holds great organizational value when done properly but it is not reactive as some organizations are used to in their facilities. It’s a journey and that’s why planners need to be prepared for such situations where they would need to educate their colleagues about the benefits of planning in the long term. They need to have those soft skills that will help them get the support of the management to make that kind of cultural change throughout the organization. A good planner is always focused, and knows how to make hard decisions and ask for help when he needs it. Beginners should try to focus on the application more and know the value of time management in this journey towards success.
Shon Isenhour Links:
- The Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC)
- RMIC® Planning and Scheduling Practitioner Certification
- Eruditio Public Workshops
- SMRP Annual Conference
- Shon’s Blog
- Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Handbook by Doc Palmer
- Fluke Xcelerate
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