Student Testimonial for our online Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Course:
"Thanks Mike, I must say I am really proud of this achievement (First Class Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Certificate). Although I have been at Hitachi for nearly seventeen years my background was in the parts area. Reman pumps was started five years ago to service our excavators in the mining industry.
Three years ago Hitachi could really see the value in Reman pumps and motors, so hired a full time manager purely to see Reman nurtured to its potential. I don’t know what this manager saw in me, but he convinced me to come on board as the only non trades person at Reman to organise stores, paint and package units, control core returns and slowly develop a system to run the Reman operations. At that stage we were producing about thirty units a month. Three years later we are now producing 130 units a month. With further expansion of Reman underway at the moment, we will ramp-up production gradually to produce 500 units per month within the next two years (as I say one hell of an expansion happening).
So, long story short, the manager had the basics in place but knew we needed to improve on all our processes, procedures, safety, training, stores holding, available resources and improved subcontract work. This is where I come back in, Reman needed a component planner and scheduler. I applied, the manager gave me the position and set me to task, but 12 months in I needed to understand more about the when, where and why of planning and scheduling to achieve our goal. So I started your online planning and scheduling course.
Each time I learnt something new from you I would implement it or suggest we change something for the better. Once the boss got suspicious about what I was doing and he started making sense of what I was changing, I finally told him about you and and the course (sometime into Module 3 I think) So finally, we needed to improve all our processes and procedures, as well as manage job time to a greater level. We are achieving this. We have put into place a parts system to ensure jobs will be built on schedule; better communication with the boys on the shop floor (I run a daily Production meeting) and our jobs status has a more visual impact than ever before. We will constantly continue to improve and evolve.
A by product from working with you is the improvement in my IT skills. Who’d a thought it at 55 YO. Thanks again Mike for everything you’ve done. Will be happily recommending LIFETIME RELIABILITY SOLUTIONS."
Peter Thompson, Reman Pumps, Australia