How can we transfer basic maintenance knowledge effectively to the next generation?

Description of The Elements of Great Maintenance Management series of books

We face the challenge of transferring basic knowledge to the next generation. Without this transfer of useful knowledge our mission-critical systems will not do their jobs and will be difficult to maintain.

The problem is that traditional teaching modes don’t work anymore. These kids read less, use Google and YouTube (and all the social media sites) for everything. Actually, this is great because they also consume tons more content at all levels then us older folks.

The second problem is that they will learn the complicated stuff but what they miss are the fundamentals of maintenance and reliability.

The trick is to reach them where they are not where we were or where we would like them to be. We need to appeal to their sense of humor, their sense of drama, their sense of irony and, of course, their attention span.

The fundamentals we will cover are Defect Elimination, TLC (Tighten, Lubricate, Clean), Quality, and Basic PM. These topics will be covered in an entertaining way that can be used in your shop to train the whole team in the fundamentals. The use of compelling stories keeps people’s interest up.