GCS RAMS certificate

is a must for any director, manager, integrator, design engineer, development and test engineer, customer support or maintenance engineer.

The applied workshops are advocating a transition towards a reliability-focused culture, covering the entire life cycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and validation, manufacture, to entry into service and disposal.

The certificate is the initiative of Dr. Sorin Voiculescu, Lecturer at Concordia University Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science , reliability Ph.D., former Reliability Specialist with Bombardier Aerospace, CSeries (A220) program.


RAMS engineering: Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety engineering across the lifecycle (concept, design, validation, operation, disposal) of a product, are the foundation of the improvement initiatives that can deliver substantial financial and other major benefits to any Organization and to the Society.

In an economy confronted with a major waste issue at a planetary scale, the design for reliability (DfR) should play an important part in the envisioned plan to keep under control the waste produced by products reaching their end-of-life and to reduce the greenhouse gas emission generated during recycling. On a separate topic, the increase in the rate of technological change (accelerating change) increases the risks on consumer safety. So, RAMS.

For large organizations, we shift towards R-AM-S: Reliability, Asset Management & Safety. These are major contributors to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #3, #6, #7, #8, #9, #11, #12, #13 and provide the tools and the management system to ensure that good intentions are turned into reality. So, R-AM-S.

Our ultimate goal is to offer a better world for the future generations to come.

AM: Asset Management

Asset Management
does not focus on the asset itself, but on the value that it can provide to the organization and its stakeholders
– is business/purpose-centric, NOT asset centric
– is a philosophy to the way to do business – it is not a new silo in organization!!

Asset Management focuses on Total Business Impact - Where to spend your last (or first) $$ ? People and organizations have been caring for assets since mankind first invented tools.

Managing Assets vs. Asset Management
– Over the years we have derived entire disciplines to help define the best ways to care for those assets through their lives and as such we have been Managing Assets for ever.
Managing Assets (things you do to assets) can be done with or without a structured organizational strategy and context. An organization gains more value from this activity within a context of organizational purpose and strategy that steers this activity (and becomes Asset Management ).
Asset Management has a broader focus than Managing Assets , encompassing many organizational levels and applying to all functions or departments.


Montréal’s economy is more vibrant, healthy, and progressive than ever and more international stakeholders in leading-edge sectors are opting for Montréal (Montreal Geared up for Tomorrow, 2018-2022 Economic Development Strategy).

Industry 4.0, public transport, e-commerce or intelligent cities require not only safe but also maximum availability of the existing or new technology, all these combined with a controlled life-cycle cost. In order to achieve these high standards, successful engineers must apply the RAMS concepts all along the life-cycle of a product; but most importantly, they must actively contribute to a major mentality change: RAMS from concept to culture.

If you want to improve reliability and reduce the risk, to reduce the life cycle costs of the product, to improve and protect the brand image by reducing warranty costs and customer complaints, to optimize maintenance strategies, to improve availability or to assess and improve safety, you need the RAMSES Certificate.



The event is organized by Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with Experts from industry, and focuses on practical aspects and industrial added value. The workshps introduce the RAMS fundamentals and emphases the added-value of each method by examples, case studies, practical aspects of the implementation and a complete set of dedicated tools.

What is Our Goal?

The RAMS Training welcomes industry professionals, graduate students and prospective graduate students to Montreal on each of the 5 Fridays of November. Throughout this program, renowned experts from top Canadian Companies and Concordia University will lead applied workshops in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety Engineering.

The workshops welcome all professional involved in the life cycle of a product: high management, specialists, integrators, design, development and test engineers, supply chain, maintenance planning, etc., and will be delivered by Concordia faculty members and experienced industry partners.

The Fall RAMS Training is an opportunity for graduate students and industry professionals to advance their skills, network with colleagues and industry partners.

  • Become familiar with RAMS definitions and principles and embrace the RAMS culture
  • Identify vital RAMS contractual elements
  • Integrate RAMS in the current activities and benefit from its added value across industries
  • Implement the Design for Reliability techniques in the existing process
  • Gain an understanding of the methods, terms and metrics used, when to apply specific tools during different stages of the life cycle
  • Assess and optimize system safety
  • Optimize a scheduled maintenance plan for a physical asset that will provide an acceptable level of functionality, with an acceptable level of risk, in an efficient and cost-effective manner
  • A comprehensive set of dedicated tools

Oct. 16, 23, 30
Nov. 6, 13

8:30AM to 4:30PM





Zdzislaw Klim

Associate Professor at Polytechnique de Montréal.
22 years with Bombardier Aerospace, Principal Engineering Specialist
Topics: Safety

Ilie Cacipu

Airbus, A220 RMAS Principal Senior Specialist
Topics: Qualitative Reliability Testing

Dragan Komljenovic

Hydro-Québec's research institute, IREQ
Senior Researcher
Topics: Maintenance and Asset Management


Sorin Voiculescu

Concordia University, Lecturer
Event Organizer
Topics: Reliability in the development process, Quantitative testing, STPA


Speakers Biographies and Event Organizers

Speakers are partners of the MTBF Montréal. They are Experts coming from various industries. All of them have previous teaching experience through workshops, seminars or lectures.

Zdzislaw Klim is an Associate Professor and currently teaches reliability at a graduate level in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnique de Montréal. His research interests are in the fields of systems reliability and maintainability analysis, and safety and risk assessment. He is also an Associate Professor at University of Québec at Trois-Rivières (Canada). He was also a Principal Engineering Specialist in the Department of Reliability, Maintainability and Safety at Bombardier Aerospace for the past 22 years. His responsibilities included reliability and safety analysis for in-service aircraft systems, technical support for new programs and development of the new methods for reliability, safety and cyber security assessment. He holds Bachelor and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in reliability from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of reliability, maintainability and safety analysis. He is the author of more than 50 technical papers and reports. He is a Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Association of Professional Engineers of Quebec (O.I.Q.).

Ilie Cacipu has over 25 years of experience in design for safety, reliability, availability and maintainability of aircraft systems, in certification reports and processes within A220, CRJ 200/700/900, Challenger 300/604/605, Global Express and Puma programs. He was the Bombardier Aerospace Design for Reliability Coordinator and Technical Knowledge focal during development of A220 (former C Series), program that achieved one of the best reliability at entry into service across the industry. Ilie Cacipu is a member of Industry Design for Reliability WGs (PERM, Physics of Failures Standard).

Dragan Komljenovic received his BSc at the University of Tuzla, Master’s degree at the University of Belgrade, the first PhD at Laval University (Canada) in 2002, and the second PhD at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres (Canada) in 2018. He works as a researcher at the Hydro-Quebec’s Research Institute (IREQ) in the field of reliability, asset management, risk analysis, and maintenance optimization. Prior to joining IREQ, he worked as a Reliability and Nuclear Safety Engineer at the Nuclear Generating Station Gentilly-2, Hydro-Quebec. He was also appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada (Industrial Research Chair “Risk-Based Life Cycle Management of Engineering Systems”) and Laval University in Quebec-City (mining engineering). He has published more than 70 refereed journal and conference papers. Dragan also worked in the mining industry as well as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Tuzla and Laval University. Dr. Komljenovic is the Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM).

The past 15 years of reliability and safety related experience exposed Sorin Voiculescu to a wide variety of field cases across several large companies including Bombardier, Airbus, Schlumberger, Peugeot Citroën, ECE Zodiac, Renault, etc. He joined the CSeries project in 2010 and was part of the design, certification and post-entry into service phases of the most recent clean-sheet design airplane in the world. He has a Reliability dedicated PhD from University of Angers, France. He joined Concordia’s Gina Cody School of Engineering in August 2018. He is the Secretary of the Montreal Chapter of the Society of Reliability Engineers and a member of the IEEE Reliability Society.
The Event is an initiative of Dr. Sorin Voiculescu, Lecturer at Concordia University and is organized by Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Dr. Sorin Voiculescu joined Concordia in 2018 after a rich industrial reliability related experience in a variety of field cases across several large companies including Bombardier, Airbus, Schlumberger, Peugeot Citroën, ECE Zodiac, Renault, etc.

With a unique combination of theoretical methods and practical expertise, and based on his joint European and North-American experience, Dr. Sorin Voiculescu is covering technical aspects in all the phases of a design, e.g. contractual negotiations, design trade-offs, verification and validation methods, tailored maintenance, real time health monitoring, etc.

Event Schedule


Reliability in the development

Reliability maturity assessment
Reliability confidence indicator
Qualitative testing
Reliability demonstration process map
RAMS in contracts

Speakers: Sorin Voiculescu / Ilie Cacipu


Testing and data interpretation

Numerical targets and design evaluation
Quantitative testing
Test plan & requirements
Data analysis
Hands-on: case study & dedicated tools

Speaker: Sorin Voiculescu


System safety

Safety assessment and product development
Safety tools
Safety analysis dedicated techniques
Certification and various standards
Hands-on: case study

Speaker: Zdzislaw Klim


Engineering Asset Management (EAM)

Body of Knowledge in EAM
EAM maturity assessment
Links between EAM and maintenance
Hands-on: case study

Speaker: Dragan Komljenovic


Special Event

Meeting with Concordia's MIAE Professors
Meeting with CIADI's Members

Speaker: Dean's Office


RAMS in 21st century

STPA: System-Theoretic Process Analysis
Monitors validation & verification
FIDES - predictions for electronics

Speaker: Sorin Voiculescu
1h30 MCQ exam, certificate awards

Event FAQs

The Event will be held online. An MS TEams account is required, Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Coffe breaks are scheduled at 10:00AM and 2:30PM.
The Certificate is oriented towards the synergy between R-AM-S and the Program as well as the interactions among various teams and departments across the entire Product’s life.

Each topic is first introduced theoretically, then, based on our Instructors’ field experience, each topic is placed within the Program, correlated to the team(s) in charge, and a list of practical implementation challenges and possible solutions is discussed.

Except for the lead free & FIDES predictions, which are specific to electronics, all the topics presented are common to any system engineering branch or domain , e.g.:     aerospace,     applied,     biomedical,     electrical,     energy,     mechatronics,    mechanical,    military,    nuclear,    petroleum,     power plant,     propulsion,    railway,     system,     vehicle, etc.

A special place is reserved for our colleagues, the software engineers. The surge in artificial intelligence and automatization requires increased hardware-software interactions and heavily relies on the exactitude of the sensors’ reading. The logic of a sensor, the ageing effects (e.g. drift), its expected life and possible failure modes, these are all equally important criteria which, in combination with a keen understand of the hardware-generated nuisances, are the foundation for error detection, damage confinement and error recovery leading to a mature fault tolerant software implementation.
The workshops welcome professionals involved at various levels in the life cycle of a product:
- high management,
- specialists,
- integrators,
- designers,
- development and test engineers,
- supply chain,
- maintenance planning, etc.
Reliability in the development(day 1)
  - Reliability maturity assessment
       * A dedicated method to evaluate, using a spider-matrix, the current maturity level of the reliability implementation in a Program or a Company. This method considers all teams, divisions, and positions in the Company (e.g. management, developers, test, customer support, supply chain, etc.)
  - Reliability confidence indicator
       * A method to assess almost in real-time, during the various phases of the design, the level of the confidence in the field reliability of the final product
  - Qualitative testing
       * Methods and tools used to reduce the testing time, the testing sample size and the overall cost and schedule bottleneck of the reliability testing
  - Reliability demonstration process map
       * A field-experience based analysis of the added value of various reliability tools to be used across each phase of a program, depending on functional requirements and input data available
       * Reliability test plan and deliverables
  - RAMS in contracts
       * Field-experience based analysis of contractual RAMS terms

Non-exhaustive list of topics:
           Similarity for reliability
           HALT for design / HASS
           HALT for robustness
           HALT for reliability
           End of life testing
           Qualification testing (vs. reliability)
           Endurance testing
           Reliability confidence indicator
           Reliability program plan – a risk-based approach
           Latent failures
           Dormant failures

Test and data interpretation (day 2)
  - Numerical targets and design evaluation
       * Convert contractual requirements (e.g. cost, safety, etc.) to reliability parameters
  - Quantitative testing
       * An overview of various reliability testing techniques
  - Test plan requirements
       * Tools and methods to build a test plan
  - Data analysis
       * Tools and methods to interpret the results of a test plan

Non-exhaustive list of topics:
           Censored & uncensored data
           Exponential data interpretation
           Weibull data interpretation
           Accelerated testing
           Confidence level and confidence intervals
           Extrapolated testing
           ESS
           Reliability test documentation

System safety (day 3)
  - Safety assessment and product development
       * safety requirement generation and verification
       * activities to support the product design and development
  - Safety tools
       * A comprehensive list of various safety-dedicated tools
  - Certification and various standards
       * Development assurance levels, certification, and standards

Non-exhaustive list of topics:
           FMEA – failure mode and effects analysis
           FHA – functional hazard analysis
           FTA – fault tree analysis
           PR – particular risks
           CCA – common cause analysis
           ZSA - zonal safety analysis

Engineering Asset Management (day 4)
  - Body of knowledge in EAM
  - EAM maturity assessment
       * A dedicated method to evaluate the current level of maturity of the EAM in a Program or a Company.
 - EAM & Maintenance
       * Link between EAM and classical maintenance Note: Asset Management focuses on Total Business Impact and has a broader focus than Managing Assets , encompassing many organizational levels and applying to all functions or departments.

RAMS in 20th century (day 5)
 - System theoretic process analysis
       * An alternate method to identify safety-critical scenarios
 - Monitors validation & verification
       * A patented solution to reduce the risk of nuisances during the design
  - FIDES predictions
       * An overview of the logic of FIDES, compared to other classic methods, e.g. MIL-HDBK-217F
  - Lead-free
       * Lead-free soldering technology particularities and risk-reduction solutions
Regular and student tickets include full access to workshops.
Except for the one-day and two-days tickets, the price includes the Concordia RAMSES certificate.
OIQ regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for engineers: the program’s activities are eligible for 30h of OIQ continuing education if the content is related to your professional activities.
All tickets include the dedicated tools associated to the presented topics.
Participation to the Special event is included.
OIQ regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for engineers: the program’s activities are eligible for 30h of OIQ continuing education if the content is related to your professional activities.
Globalization and strong competition are part of a typical operational and business environment. The ability of enterprises to create and implement innovative concepts is decisive to meet the demands regarding competitiveness, and to ensure their operations and further development.

RAMS is part of any engineering, such as mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, electronic, software, human factors, etc. It is also part of any phase of a project, starting from case study, going through design, prototype validation, production, operational maintenance.

It has been proven that having a company-wide RAMS culture implemented always brings long-term benefits: low maintenance costs, increased customer satisfaction, optimized maintenance schedule or increased sales are just some of them.

The RAMS engineer is responsible for setting up the process and employing the best techniques to use.

The senior management's role is to ensure an environment where the team keeps reliability, safety and quality goals clearly in mind. The management should encourage all members of the team to use the appropriate RAMS methods and principles.

The applicability of dedicated RAMS techniques and methods goes down to engineering level. Every single engineer should employ the techniques proposed by the reliability engineers and approved by management through the reliability, safety and maintainability program plan.

If you want to improve reliability and reduce risk, to reduce the life cycle costs of the product, to improve and protect the brand image by reducing warranty costs and customer complaints, to optimize maintenance strategies, to improve availability or to assess and improve safety, to contribute to a greener planet (higher reliability = less disposal), then you need the GCS RAMS Certificate.
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Concordia University
1515 Saint-Catherine St W
Montreal, QC, H3G 2W1
Phone: (514) 848-2424, ext. 3128
Email: sorin.voiculescu@concordia.ca

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