ENRE 489G - Reliability

3 Credits


Burke, Dave


An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, Ebeling, 2nd Edition, ISBN 1-57766-625-9.


The objective of this course is to provide the students with an understanding of reliability concepts and reliability engineering. Students will learn how to apply statistics to calculate reliability as well as how reliability and risk assessments are related.


  • An understanding of basic risk assessment techniques
  • An understanding of reliability principles
  • An ability to communicate effectively about reliability engineering
  • An ability to calculate the reliability of a component based on experimental data
  • An ability to estimate the reliability of a component or system based on reliability¬†models


  • Applied Probability Distributions: Normal, Lognormal, Binomial, Geometric, Negative Binomial, Exponential, Gamma, Beta, Hypergeometric, Weibull
  • Construction of Reliability Functions
  • Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Event Trees
  • Markov Process applications
  • Risk Assessment vs Reliability Calculations
  • Physical Reliability Models
  • Working with Collected Data
  • Acceptance Testing and QA Plans
  • Monte Carlo Simulation Techniques

Learning Outcomes 

  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • This course is only offered at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center for students enrolled in the UMD - Southern Maryland Program.
  • One 140 minute lecture each week, located at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Last Updated By 
Dave Burke, June 2017