Online Graduate Certificate: Reliability & Maintainability Engineering

Reliability & Maintainability Engineering

Tickle College of Engineering

Program Overview

Are you ready to level up your engineering career? The University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides an online Graduate Certificate in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (RME) for individuals who have completed at least a bachelor's degree in engineering or are currently enrolled in a graduate engineering program. Offered by the Tickle College of Engineering, our RME Graduate Certificate features multiple program concentrations to choose from, so you can deepen your knowledge in a range of areas that will help advance your career.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $815

Out-of-State $890

Testing Requirements


Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Acquire the Skills to Ignite Your Engineering Career

The Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (RME) Graduate Certificate program is an interdepartmental initiative for students pursuing careers in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. It is also suitable for professionals and managers currently working in the field looking to improve their knowledge and skills. 

The program comprises four graduate engineering courses, two required courses, and two elective courses. The two required courses introduce the student to maintenance and reliability engineering fundamentals. The two elective courses are selected from a list of RME-related courses that currently include courses in five traditional engineering disciplines. 

Courses are delivered synchronously or 100% asynchronously, depending on the selection of courses.

Featured Courses

The graduate certificate in reliability and maintainability engineering consists of two core courses and two elective courses, here are a few examples of the elective courses:

IE 516: Statistical Methods in Industrial Engineering

Application of classical statistical techniques to industrial engineering problems. Statistics and statistical thinking in the managerial context of organizational improvement; descriptive statistics and distribution theory; the relationship between statistical process control techniques and classical statistical tools; parameter estimation and hypothesis testing; goodness-of-fit testing; linear regression and correlation; analysis of variance; single and multiple factor experimental design.

IE 517: Reliability of Lean Systems

The course will focus on introducing students to the concepts of reliability and maintainability and the impact of lean on the reliability of complex systems. The course will introduce students to specific case studies of systems failures and ask them to develop solutions by considering different dimensions, including financial, technical feasibility, risk, safety, security, and others. Multi-criteria decision-making methodologies will be presented to allow students to make decisions when different criteria lead to conflicting solutions.

NE 575: Equipment & System Prognostics

The three types of prognostic techniques will be introduced with theoretical foundations, assumptions, and data requirements: Conventional reliability-based using failure times (e.g., Weibull analysis), population-based with environmental considerations (e.g., proportional hazards modeling), individual-based (e.g., general path model).

CBE/NE 585: Process System Reliability & Safety

Qualitative and quantitative techniques for assessing and improving process systems reliability and safety. Probabilistic risk assessment, event tree analysis, fault tree analysis, statistical inference, and associated dependent failure analysis. This is the graduate version of NE 485 and requires additional assignments and expectations for graduate students.

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Program Concentrations

Students have the choice of multiple program concentrations for the Reliability and Maintainability Engineering Graduate Certificate which include the following: 

Chemical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering


Materials Science
& Engineering


Ready to Take the Next Step in Reliability & Maintainability Engineering?