Root cause analysis (RCA)


The key elements of an RCA process discussed include working from existing corporate information systems to capture events and incidents where RCA will be beneficial. Prioritize incidents and formally launch the RCA study by defining the problem. Collect and preserve evidence that will provide evidence on the incident. Expose the causes of the incident by building a “why?” tree. In general each incident will have three types of root cause:
  • Technical
  • Human
  • Organizational

Course objectives

To equip students with root cause analysis techniques in reliability and condition monitoring programs to enhance the scope and quality of on-site investigations. And to provide students training in specialised techniques to identify the true root causes underlying a problem and to help ensure that results of the study includes realistic corrective action.

Recommended for

  • Service, maintenance, machine repair, or plant/facility engineering staff of an industrial plant, OEM facility, institution, public utility or commercial building which uses rotating equipment.
  • Managers and technicians at industrial plants and OEM facilities responsible for rotating equipment performance and reliability.
  • Rotating equipment engineers, reliability engineers, millwrights, mechanics, and maintenance supervisors.
  • Those interested in rotating equipment performance.


RMI On-line course
  • Lubrication analysis basics, WI140

Participants must have read the following documents on @ptitude Exchange:
  • Basic elements of a comprehensive root cause analysis program, NC_0702
  • Bearing failures and their causes, P1410_E
  • Root cause analysis, GS02003
  • RCFA report template, GS02008
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