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ARP Job Roles


What is the job role of the Category I Reliability Advocate?

The following is taken from ED161-2

The ARP Category I “Reliability Advocate” level of certification is designed to create awareness and buy-in for all people working in an asset intensive organization. The goal is to create awareness and thus to transform the reliability culture – to make these people strong advocates/supporters for reliability and the reliability improvement initiative.

Candidates may be in a variety of roles including operations, electrical and mechanical maintenance, planning, scheduling, condition monitoring, spares management, procurement, engineering, and all levels of management. Their day-to-day actions influence reliability in many ways.

Reliability “advocates” must be totally convinced and knowledgeable regarding how reliability and reliability improvement benefits the organization and themselves personally.

Advocates must have a sufficiently broad and detailed understanding of the technical aspects of reliability and reliability improvement to promote the concepts to others, ensuring that methodology and philosophy becomes embedded in the culture of the organization just as safety is a core belief on the organization. Detailed knowledge in any of the specific topic areas is not required.

Advocates must also have a full understanding of how they personally must contribute to reliability and the success of the reliability improvement processes.

The ARP Category I will:

1. Be aware of the root causes and results of poor reliability such as: safety and environmental violations, reduced quality and throughput, excessive cost, energy waste, etc. Actively contribute to identify anomalies, determine root cause and eliminate defects:
    a. Identify and report issues
    b. Suggest improvements
    c. Provide information when requested
    d. Contribute to the remedy (where possible)
2. Support efforts to identify anomalies and improvements:
    a. Cooperate with maintenance to assure maximum effectiveness and results from condition monitoring, operator care tasks, planned and proactive maintenance, spare parts stocking levels and similar efforts to assure safe, environmentally sound, reliable operation
    b. Assist with inspections, operator rounds, condition monitoring activities and like endeavors to assure optimal coverage and effectiveness
    c. Provide feedback regarding coverage, quality and effectiveness in areas such as safety and environmental compliance, operator inspections, condition monitoring and maintenance tasks and scheduling; the former to include job plans and history
3. Ensure their role is conducted and plant activities are accomplished in accordance to the highest standards of safety and reliability, for example:
    a. Identify and report safety violations, deviation from standard operating and maintenance procedures and/or where existing procedures may be deficient or ineffective
    b. Perform all assigned tasks, including maintenance, with precision and in full accordance with procedures. Identify any departures from procedure that may be necessary to complete a task for consideration of revision
    c. Evaluate life cycle cost compared to price when purchasing products and services. Make certain that greatest value is fully identified for consideration in any purchase decision
    d. Consistently endeavor to identify and report the root cause of anomalies and failures.
    e. Participate in root cause analysis teams. Detect the root cause of fault conditions, not just the failures, when performing condition monitoring testing

What is the job role of the Category II Reliability Engineer?

The following is taken from ED161-2

The ARP Category II “Reliability Engineer” level of certification is designed to ensure that a person, often referred to as a reliability engineer, is adequately educated to be able to identify the causes of unreliability, perform the tasks necessary to improve reliability, and also to recognize their experience via Category IIx in this role. A candidate may currently be employed as a reliability engineer, or they may be involved in an associated area (e.g. condition monitoring) and wish to learn more about reliability engineering and be recognized for that knowledge.

The ARP Category II reliability engineer may be involved in the following tasks:

1. Assist in the development of the master asset list (also known as the equipment register)
2. Assist in the development of the bill of materials (BOM)
3. Participate in the development of the asset criticality ranking (ACR)
4. Participate in the development of the asset reliability strategy utilizing a combination of the following techniques:
    a. Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
    b. Preventive Maintenance Optimization (PMO)
    c. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
5. Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive condition monitoring plan to include all applicable technologies applied to assets by criticality and effectiveness
6. Perform/participate in Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to identify cause and corrective action for safety and environmental incidents, failures and defects of all types, deviations from operating and performance objectives, etc.
7. Perform Weibull, Pareto or other forms of analysis on failure data to identify commonalities and cause
8. Participate in the costs analysis and reduction process, as defined by the Program Manager, and recommend actions that will reduce costs
9. Assist in the development of standards and procedures for all maintenance work including critical spares, time based preventive maintenance, comprehensive Job Plans and safety precautions
10. Assist in the development of proactive task identification and implementation with the aim of extending the asset life and performance. In the case of rotating machine it should include alignment, balancing, and lubrication management.
11. Work closely with the maintenance department to audit the quality and effectiveness of maintenance activities and ensure that proactive tasks are performed
12. Assist in the development of standard operating procedures
13. Work closely with design engineers to ensure that new equipment is designed for reliability, efficiency, operability and maintainability
14. Work closely with procurement to ensure a life cycle value comparison is included with an evaluation of purchase cost. Make every effort to ensure that life time reliability and cost histories with equivalents as well as the cost of retrofits should they become necessary are included in the evaluation.
15. Work closely with the condition monitoring department to ensure that the most critical assets are being tested with the most appropriate technology at the correct measurement period.
16. Work closely with all involved to ensure that the root causes of anomalies, failures and other abnormal events and conditions are being investigated with a proven RCA procedure; recommendations reported, tracked and implemented on a time schedule
17. Review spares storage including factors such as: temperature, potential contamination, orientation (horizontal, vertical), necessity for periodic Preventive Maintenance, etc. to ensure quality and condition when required for use
18. Contribute to the:
    a. Development and analysis of the benchmarking process
    b. Development and analysis of key performance indicators
    c. Development and analysis of reliability data
19. Participate in the training of other people in the organization to create awareness of the value, to the individual and the organization, when reliability and operating practices are improved.

What is the job role of the Category III Reliability Program Leader?

The following is taken from ED161-2

The ARP Category II “Reliability Engineer” level of certification is reserved for the reliability initiative program manager/leader - the person who will manage one or more ARP II reliability engineers, possibly across multiple sites. This person must have a technical knowledge of reliability, maintenance, and the best practices in these areas. Knowledge will not need to be as detailed as the ARP II reliability engineer’s knowledge. However, they will require knowledge and skill in project management, people management, budgeting, continuous improvement, training and work culture change. They will need exceptional communication skills and must be able to communicate the financial and operating benefits to senior executives in management terms.

The ARP Category III job role will include a combination of the following:

1. Assess the needs of the business to best understand how reliability will add value
2. Assess the current state of reliability to determine where there are shortcomings
3. Work with the senior executive to create (when necessary) and maintain full support
4. Work with the reliability team to value and prioritize the gaps (opportunities to improve) between current state and best practices
5. Oversee the creation and operation of the reliability improvement steering committee (or equivalent)
6. Lead the design and review of the reliability improvement strategy
7. Ensure the reliability improvement strategy is strongly aligned with delivering business outcomes
8. Ensure the roles and responsibilities are fully defined (RASCI or equivalent) and clearly understood
9. Develop the vision and mission statements for the reliability improvement initiative
10. Establish metrics and KPIs to measure the benefits of the reliability improvement initiative
11. Work with the reliability improvement steering committee to coordinate, optimize and maximize the effectiveness of implementing the reliability improvement strategy.
12. Direct, manage and coordinate execution of the reliability improvement strategy at the working level.
13. Work with design/engineering and procurement to achieve the lowest life cycle costs on new purchases, upgrades, and capital projects
14. Monitor all audit/benchmarking/KPI/Pareto/bad-actor results and metrics in order to reduce costs and drive improved reliability and performance
15. Develop a communication plan to publicize results and gain enthusiastic support from senior executives, steering committee, program participants, uninvolved management and employees at large
16. Develop and manage the reliability improvement budget
17. Oversee the work culture change process
18. Oversee the training process and the knowledge/skills assessment process
19. Integrate vendors into the reliability strategy