Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis

Next Course Offering Dates:

October 17, 2023 - October 19, 2023

Course Description

Armed with what you learn in this course, you will apply a process for root cause analysis, establish a culture of continuous improvement, and create a proactive environment. Learn to ask the right questions, establish triggers that drive you to the RCA process, and perform cost-benefit analysis.

When you learn to practice true root cause analysis you are able to eliminate the latent roots and stop recurring failures once and for all. After this three-day course, you will be able to develop and implement an RCA program, thus leading your organization to reduced downtime, increased production and a more proactive culture.

Learn How To

  1. Outline a 6-step root cause analysis process that promotes critical thinking, creative collaboration, countermeasure analysis and solution verification

  2. Explain how a robust root cause analysis program drives continuous improvement and business results

  3. Plan your RCA program:

    • Outline triggers for RCA efforts based on business case thinking

    • Define RCA roles and responsibilities

  4. Define program goals, measures and standards

  5. Select and apply a range of RCA tools to solve different problems:

    • 5-why

    • Design and application review

    • Ishikawa (fishbone)

    • Sequence of events

    • Fault tree analysis

    • Change analysis

    • Events and causal factors

    • FMEA

  6. List RCA group facilitation best practices

  7. Use an A3 tool to visually manage and track activities, report on and communicate RCA results.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in acquiring or improving advanced problem solving skills will benefit from this course. Individuals responsible for continuous improvement, solving maintenance and reliability problems and preventing future occurrences of equipment and system failures, including: technicians, engineers, supervisors and managers.

All students completing the class will receive a certificate of completion including the awarding CEU credits.

What's Included

The price for each 3-day course includes a comprehensive active learning manual. 

Each completed course will earn 2.1 CEUs with a total of 8.4 CEUs for the certification program that are accepted and recognized by The Ohio State University, Life Cycle Institute and Certified Reliability Leaders.

This program is offered through a partnership with the Life Cycle Engineering and Institute

Health and Safety Protocols

All participants will be required to abide by the university's health & safety protocols for on campus guestsincluding the indoor mask mandate. 


Room #245 Bevis Hall, 1080 Carmack Rd, Columbus, OH 43210


Registration closes October 13th, 2023. 

Click the link below to register.


$1,995 per person

Includes meals and course materials.

Early Bird Discount:

$1,895 per person if registered & paid by September 26, 2023. 


Cancellation and Refund Policy

A full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be issued is cancellation is made more than 14 days before a training course date. No refunds will be issued after that time. Registrations can be transferred.

In the event that a course is rescheduled or canceled because enrollment numbers are not met, we reserve the right to offer complete refunds or reschedule for a more appropriate time frame. We will always work with our clients for a mutually agreeable solution.


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About the Instructor

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Mike Smith is Reliability Engineering Subject Matter Expert with Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE). Mike utilizes his 30 years of experience in maintenance and manufacturing to lead client cross-functional teams in the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) of their critical assets as well as determines design criteria to maximize reliability in new equipment capital projects.

He helps organizations develop effective maintenance strategies to mitigate the risk of equipment failures. His experience includes managing plants, and leading corporate level multiple plant maintenance and reliability organizations.

Prior to joining LCE, Mike’s tenure was as an engineer and manager in the pharmaceutical, fabrication, chemical, and metal-forming industries with companies such as Michelin, Georgia Pacific, Johnson and Johnson, and DuPont. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.


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