Effective Maintenance Planning

Oct 22, 2020

Maintenance planners ensure that the machinery used in manufacturing, refining and processing plants is in the best possible working order by undertaking a range of maintenance inspections and scheduling maintenance processes.


They plan and organise preventative maintenance processes such as oil analysis, condition monitoring or vibration analysis, non-destructive testing, thermography, and ultra sound, as well as predictive maintenance processes like lubrication and sensory inspections, and periodic component replacement. Maintenance planners analyse the risk of process failure, ensure that correct spare parts are stocked, undertake performance measurement, and try to ensure that maintenance costs are kept as low as possible.


The benefits of good Maintenance Planning and Scheduling include:


  • Reduced equipment downtime
  • Reduced spare parts liability
  • Less maintenance
  • Increased productivity of maintenance teams

Why do we plan Maintenance work?


  • Keep plant and machinery operational and optimised
  • Align our teams on the actions required to achieve maintenance goals
  • To provide detailed estimates for budget and time
  • To minimize risk

What makes a good planner?


  • Highly skilled and qualified; having 10 to 20 years of trades experience.
  • Have a sound knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and the skills in implementing planning and coordinating work activities,
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders (maintenance, reliability and operations)
  • Ability to write clear, concise and accurate work descriptions
  • Tech Savvy – ability to use and interpret the sites Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
  • An organised systematic thinker – to allow for correct job sequencing and resourcing to prevent lost time.
  • Good communication skills – the planner needs to ensure the technician or tradesman have enough information to execute the job without having to stop for additional information. The planner also needs to be integrated within operational teams so that scheduled maintenance is not held up by equipment needing to be taken offline.
  • Knowledge of the relevant legislation. For example on mining operations in Western Australia Classified Plant Management often falls to the Maintenance Planner.

Recruitment and Labour Hire


Our Engineering Resourcing Services (ERS) division supplies quality labour support services where required, from shutdowns to short and long term placements. We aim to match our clients with the right people, with the right attitude and skill set. Reliable, innovative, safe and available 24/7 – Rapallo provide unrivalled security of service via our team of Resource Coordinators.

To speak to one of our team members about your maintenance planning, give us a call on 6279 0900




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