spring 2022
TEK-2005 Operation, maintenance and business management - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

May be taken as a singular course

Admission requirements

General study competence or prior learning + HING

Application code: 9391 - single courses in engineering

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

PG430 Operation of Process Plants 10 stp
TEK-3001 Operation and Maintenance Management 10 stp

Course content

The course will focus on central and fundamental concepts, tools, and methods used in various life cycle phases (i.e. design and development, installation and commissioning, operations and maintenance, removal and recycling) to optimize operations and maintenance of advanced, complex and integrated equipment, machines and systems to acceptable risk levels within  health, safety and environment (HSE), costs, investments.

Content includes: design and development of maintenance programs and maintenance management using concepts, tools and techniques such as Reliability and failure analysis, Failure modes effects and criticality analysis (FMECA), Event tree analysis (ETA), Reliability centered maintenance (RCM), Risk based maintenance (RBM), Risk based inspection (RBI), Life cycle analysis; Spare parts, Data and information systems.

Furthermore, the course focuses in predictive maintenance and condition monitoring using techniques such as vibration analysis and oil analysis.

Objectives of the course


The student...

  • understands common methods, tools and analysis techniques in operation and maintenance of technical systems
  • has deep knowledge of key elements of operation and maintenance, and challenges related to advanced, complex and integrated technical systems
  • understands fundamental knowledge about predictive maintenance, condition monitoring, vibration analysis and oil analysis
  • has knowledge about operation and maintenance of technical systems and the use of different tools and analysis techniques
  • understands foundational relationships between technical components and systems as a whole



The student...

  • can identify, formulate, and solve operations and maintenance problems
  • can apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in development of practical operations and maintenance management
  • can design an operation and maintenance management plan for a system, component, or process to meet the needs within realistic constraints (such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability)
  • can apply knowledge and results from research and development to practical and theoretical issues and thus make good judgements/related to the operation and maintenance of complex technical systems
  • can identify various component failure processes by the use of condition monitoring such as vibration analysis and oil analysis and predict and plan the maintenance needs


General competence:

The student...

  • has insight into relevant ethical and practical issues
  • can communicate central subject matter such as theories, issues and solutions, can exchange views and experiences with others with background in operation and maintenance of complex systems
  • can formulate necessary studies for performing concrete operation and maintenance for complex technical systems
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes
  • can identify advantages and disadvantages of predictive maintenance, condition monitoring, vibration analysis, and oil analysis
  • has developed abilities for cooperating with others in a team to solve problems and to use each others knowledge and skills

Language of instruction and examination



Project report (70 %) and 3 hours written exam (30 %).

Letter grading A - E, F - fail.

Re-sit examination (section 22): Re-sit exam is granted to the students who have failed the last ordinary arranged exam.

Postponed examination (sections 17 and 21): Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination during the semester if possible, otherwise early in the following semester. See indicated sections in Regulations for examinations at the UiT The arctic university of Norway for more information.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: TEK-2005
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