This short course aims to introduce data analysis of data from tests or service records and methods of evaluating systems using reliability techniques.

The course draws examples from the aerospace industry, but the methods and tools it employs are equally applicable in any design, maintenance, manufacturing or operations environment.

At a glance

Course structure

The course is delivered over 5 days, from Monday to Friday, and is mostly in the form of lectures and tutorials. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and illustrate the concepts of reliability analysis
  • Distinguish between the different methods for analysing the reliability of components and systems
  • Use the most appropriate analysis technique when presented with failure data based on component and/or system in-service information
  • Outline a quantitative and qualitative analysis of different component and system designs.

Core content

Analysis of Failure Data

  • Negative exponential and Weibull probability distributions
  • Tabulation and ranking methods
  • Confidence intervals
  • Normal, log-normal distributions.

System Reliability Analysis

  • Conventional representation
  • Series-parallel methods
  • Decomposition techniques
  • Path and cut sets
  • Reliability of maintained systems
  • Failure mode effect and criticality analysis
  • Event trees
  • Markov methods.


  • Reliability prediction during project design and development
  • Maintenance and service cost prediction
  • Spares and support equipment estimation
  • In-service reliability and service policy development.

Who should attend

The course is designed for personnel from all parts of the aviation industry although it will be of particular value to those working for manufacturers, suppliers, operators and aviation authorities who are concerned with the design, reliability, safety or certification of aircraft systems.


This short course is a module within the MSc in Airworthiness, accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMeche).



Group discount: Where three delegates or more are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus 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.