Utilizing eMaint in the classroom provided several unexpected learning opportunities, especially centered around maintenance planning. With 70 assets and 300 parts to manage, the students began to recognize the need to accurately schedule work and ensure that parts, staff, and the assets themselves would be available at the scheduled time.
The need for priority identification, capacity planning and inventory control became very visible, and the importance of the maintenance supervisors/planners role was revealed to many of the students. Interacting with the system brought practical problems of the workplace into the classroom environment, allowing students to practice applying knowledge and skills to ultimately streamline processes, reduce costs, improve work execution and boost the overall productivity for their current or future employers.
Underwood noted that, for students who struggled in traditional math and sciences courses, the relevance of using a CMMS helped produce exceptional output. Students discovered the usefulness of concepts such as making sure work isn”™t duplicated by nesting PMs, continuously optimizing of maintenance plans and developing asset histories for better insight into equipment operation.
Overall, Steve and his students had a very positive experience with the course material, and using eMaint CMMS to support their learning goals. In the future, Steve is looking to incorporate benchmarking key performance indicators (KPIs), reporting, and predictive maintenance technologies.