This course will introduce the concepts of through life system sustainment by defining how to manage assets and value, key terminologies, relating issues across multiple sectors and by highlighting the business drivers for the system sustainment and the future requirements.

With an aim to develop a basic understanding of the key value drivers and performance levers to be considered in delivering through-life value from complex engineering systems. This will be achieved by reviewing emerging research and industry best practice in the field of system maintenance and through-life support and applying the learning from specific case studies. In addition to this the course will address business drivers and future trends to develop an understanding of operational methods, engineering challenges and basic tools to sustain “value in use” from operational assets.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,800 Concessions available

Course structure

This five day course is presented through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and discussion of case studies.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Identify the key through-life value drivers for a complex engineering system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the range of operational methods available for supporting equipment in service through life, and their relative advantages
  • Demonstrate the basic understanding of system sustainment in the context of various sectors, and the business, operations and engineering challenges involved
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic tools and methods for analysing and modelling the effectiveness of the system sustainment service or operation.
  • Identify the implications of various methods for implementation of a “system sustainment” service to maintain “value in use” from equipment
  • Analyse challenges in through-life management and leadership.

Core content

  • Through-life value delivery and system thinking for a complex engineering system
  • Principles of managing system performance through life / holistic life cycle: maintenance, technology support, technology insertion, logistics, data and service network design and systems thinking
  • Introduction to the relationship between system performance and service capability (“through life capability management”): ensuring value in use through client focus and building relationships; and policy and strategy for through-life management
  • Assessment of cost and effectiveness for reliability and maintainability , introduction to investment appraisal for system sustainment and performance assessment methodologies to design the support solution, contracting models for the servitisation, leadership skills requirement for through-life management.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for through-life engineering specialists, asset management and maintenance professionals. We aim to enhance your skills, and address the need for highly trained individuals involved in the support of complex equipment and systems.

Focused on educating leaders in the fields of maintenance systems, design and planning, maintenance assessment and operations management, engineering and technology including condition-based maintenance and health management, standards and regulation, information technology, contracts and policy, life extension and obsolescence management, cost modelling and control.


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.