Training of Maintenance Managers Who Want to Perform in the Top 10%

Truly great people make our world better for others. Our world needs fewer maintenance and reliability problems. To be a great Maintenance Manager you need to know how to do better maintenance and reliability through others.


Hi Mike,

My name is Haruna and would like to pursue a career in maintenance management. I would be grateful of any assistance that can be given to me in terms of direction.



Hello Haruna,

Below is a list of what I think is necessary to learn to become a top decile (top 10%) Maintenance Manager.

  1. Be a Mechanical or Electrical Technician who has repaired and maintained equipment
  2. Engineering Degree
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Project Management
  5. Risk Analysis and Management
  6. Economic Financial Modelling
  7. Reliability Engineering
  8. Maintenance Management

Then there are things to learn that you cannot learn in a classroom. Such as leadership (which you learn from practise), assertiveness (learnt from practise), teamwork (learnt from practise), communication skills (to get your ideas and intentions across to other people).

You need to know all of the above yourself so that you are less often fooled by good intentioned people who do not know what they are doing.


My best regards to you,

Mike Sondalini
Managing Director
Lifetime Reliability Solutions HQ


PS. If you require advice on industrial asset management, industrial equipment maintenance strategy, defect elimination and failure prevention or plant and equipment maintenance and reliability, please feel free to contact me by email at