John Crossan | Manufacturing Ownership Blog
Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Training

Typically a 2 day on-site class for Maintenance Planners, Schedulers, Supervisors, Managers and Key Maintenance Personnel.

A combination of the theory behind these functions, actually planning and scheduling current real plant workorders, and understanding and addressing the issues that can stand in the way of effective planning and scheduling in a plant.

Periodic public sessions are conducted in an actual manufacturing facility in the Chicagoland area. This gives the opportunity to work on actual issues on actual equipment.


  • Understanding the Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Functions. The difference between the two, and why they are so essential for effective maintenance and effective manufacturing.
  • Get Buy In from Maintenance Personnel and Management.
  • Develop the basic process steps for Planning and for Scheduling of Maintenance Work.
  • Plan and Schedule current maintenance work.
  • Develop the Basic Daily Measures necessary to make and keep these functions effective.
  • Discuss the plant issues that must be dealt with to get these functions actually working in the plant.
  • Develop a path forward to get the functions better in place and contributing to improvement in plant productivity ongoing.

Questions Answered in the Sessions(That you probably won't hear about anywhere else)

  • What's wrong with "We'll go check it out, figure out what we need to do, and deal with it"?
  • Doesn't this take away from the sense of urgency we need to really make improvement?
  • So what does "10 - 1 = 16.5 "mean to maintenance staffing?
  • What is an effective level of Planning on a job? And how do you determine it?
  • Does the Planner do all the planning?
  • What's the "Saturday Home Depot" Syndrome?
  • Many would say Maintenance is the last refuge of the independent minded, skilled craft individuals in manufacturing. Why would they buy into seemingly restrictive systems like Planning and Scheduling? WIFM?
  • Parts? Parts? Parts? Way too much time and effort is typically spent on spare parts. Why?
  • Why is Parts not the first thing to fix?