Root Cause Failure Analysis for Industrial Plant and Equipment

The world-leading companies do not accept things going wrong in their business. They proactively focus on finding and stopping problems from affecting their operations. They investigate the root causes of an incident or problem and change their business processes to prevent the causes arising in future.

The RCFA methodology is the problem-solving tool that many of them use to investigate, understand and halt problems. It is used at all levels in a business to solve all manner of problems. RCFA requires that you compile a knowledgeable team who investigate the problem situation and draw together relevant information and knowledge to stop it. The technique is used to address repetitive problems, to minimize risk in situations or scenarios, and when serious failures occur in order to understand why they happened and prevent them in future. It provides companies grand payback for the effort when the solutions are taken business wide.

This RCFA training course is used by Companies to train a core of people in Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) process. This group becomes the resource to draw from when an RCFA is required. The group is also the pool from which RCFA Facilitators are drawn when RCFA teams are assembled.

The course is focused on using the powerful RCFA method and understanding the vital steps to be followed. Included in the programme is training on a range of investigative tools and problem-solving methods. The course also incorporates the correct use of the 5-Whys as an enabling tool for shopfloor people to investigate and solve minor defects and problems.

For rapid evolution and progress in your operation or company help your people develop RFCA skills, and the associated problem-solving techniques, so they have the capability to apply RCFA correctly. This course teaches people who work with problems how to use RCFA to find successful solutions to remove them. Once your company has the ability and confidence to use RCFA properly your people will make RCFA live every day in your operation and on the shopfloor!

Salvo Global’s intensive Masterclass provides the concepts needed to effectively perform industrial trouble shooting investigations. The course includes detailed design and troubleshooting guidelines, investigating techniques for system failures, which are needed to solve problems found in most production facilities.

Top Learning Objectives

  • Apply RCFA, 5 Why and FMEA methodologies in failure investigation
  • Think through the possibilities of physical root causes of a failure that go beyond a quick fix
  • Recognize the presence of event chains leading to a failure and analyze causes behind the causes
  • Verify or disprove contributing causes
  • Identify actions or recommendations that will avoid a repetition of the failure or problem investigated
  • Create a fault tree of an incident
  • Look for relevant evidence in a failure investigation or accident
  • Trace and identify the causes of equipment failures and industrial accidents
  • Spot high-risk situations and act to prevent problems
  • Understand the typical human factors involved in failures and accidents

Who Should Attend?

This course is very relevant to technical engineers and professionals who handle and are responsible for their organization’s maintenance; as well as the overall smooth operations and processes of their organizations’ plants and machineries. These include Superintendents, Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders, Heads of Department, Engineers, Foreman, Planners, Directors of the following departments:

  • Maintenance
  • Mechanical
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Physical Asset Management
  • Production
  • Project
  • Quality Management
  • Reliability
  • Process
  • Control
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering
  • Operations
  • Plant
  • Transmission
  • Automation
  • Inspection

From the following industries:

  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Power & Utilities
  • Engineering
  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrochemicals
  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food & Beverage
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Aviation
  • FMCG
  • Telecommunications
  • Support Services
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Agriculture

Trainer's Background

The Trainer is a licensed reliability training specialist under the American Society for Quality Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) with over 30 years of industrial field and classroom experience in Operations Technology, engineering reliability analysis and implementation within power generation, food processing, rotating equipment; heavy duty industries, hydraulic pumps and valves. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering majored in Materials Science and Engineering Reliability, Failure Analysis from University of Ottawa.

His expertise includes analyzing failure patterns for industrial assets and defining failure mode effects and mechanism and criticality analysis (FMECA). He uses the Plant Wellness Way (PWW) Physics of Failures Factors Analysis strategy management (POFFA) model to identify critical components and bad actors. He is also adept in developing management programs for operation, production, maintenance and design, and improvement and cost reduction programs.

He has designed and developed training curriculums and contents to address identified skill gaps that hinder operations and processes benefits and timely deliveries. Based on reliability modelling and prediction, reliability design, testing and reliability management tools, he analyzed, applied and documented tools and techniques including failure analysis, risk assessment and ranking, root cause analysis, failure modes effect and criticality analysis and HAZOP.

He is passionate about reliability and continuous improvement, and committed in fostering PWW/LRS (Plant Wellness Way/ Lifetime Reliability Solutions) through failure elimination, reliability excellence, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Preventive, Predictive maintenance, CBM, and RCM strategies. His training helped many industrial organizations to save great money and time as their people became aware and advised to take ownership and perform value-creating operation and repair decisions, accurate testing, data collection, and analysis, failures elimination strategies.


Organizations that have benefited from the Trainer’s expertise include:

  • Total
  • Shell
  • Noria Corporation
  • Modec
  • Tullow Oil
  • Canadian Natural resources limited
  • Dragon Oil
  • Transocean
  • Volta River Authority
  • Cameroon Rail
  • Nigeria North South Power
  • Globeleq
  • Dibamaba Power Plant
  • Tsiyo Power Plant Kenya
  • Wartsila
  • Pakistan Petroleum Limited
  • Western Transportation
  • University of Ottowa
  • Exxonmobil
  • Lumiant Corporation
  • Omega Manufacturing Canada
  • Optima Manufacturing
  • OC Transpo
  • Air Bukina
  • Bissa Gold
  • Contour Global
  • DP World Dakar
  • Newcrest Mining
  • Senegalaise Des Eaux
  • Societe Nationale De Transport De L’Electricite
  • Societe Des Energies De Cote D’Ivorie
  • Africa West Industries
  • Compagnie Des Bauxites De Guinee
  • Compagnie Ivoririenne De Coton
  • Norgold Bissa
  • Somilo
  • Somita
  • Syama Gold Mine
  • Vivo Energy

Event Details

Online Workshop via Zoom

“Thank you very very much for your comprehensive answer. All of my misgivings about failure mode and failure effect disappeared.”Engineer at NAC –MCI


“The course delivery, the illustrations and activities were engaging and prompt to peers-learning even from failures. I have always seen failures as a catastrophe. From now on, I should learn from them and more importantly, escalate the outcomes to benefit the whole organization. Thank you for your help”Engineer and Superintendent, Dragon Oil 


“We have started implementing the learning and we can see the results and have been able to record and measure them appropriately using your instructions and models.”Junior Engineer, Pakistan Petroleum Limited PPL


“I will recommend this training course to top management and share with my colleagues in operations, maintenance and design personnel. Our operators, maintainers, and all the frontline personnel need to know this.”Senior Engineer, PPL


“The delivery approach and emphasis lead to understand why the work need to be perform, how it should be done , and more importantly how to check it. The trainer delivered fluently in French as well; I was scared my poor English proficiency.  I got it all and clear. Thank you.”Operations Manager, Globelec Dibamba Power Plant Cameroon


“We needed a customized, in house, maintenance and design training course. The trainer and his team developed and delivered the three-day training course in conjunction with our maintenance and engineering staff. The course was well structured and delivered and included practical and theory components. His experience and knowledge in this field enabled him to identify and meet our requirements quickly and efficiently.”Reliability and Maintenance Engineer, CNRL  Canada