Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mohan Yellishetty


Mining engineers deal with maintenance and service related issues which are critical in large fully mechanized modern day mining operations. These issues include liaising with maintenance teams for scheduled preventive maintenance and major overhauls, streamlining the productive processes, preparing and monitoring maintenance budgets, administrating maintenance contracts, and planning mine dewatering or electrical distribution layouts. This unit will cover the principles of maintenance and services at mines, which include electrical and compressed air distribution, mine dewatering and mine communications. It also covers the maintenance systems, such as preventive, predictive, proactive and corrective maintenance programs, as well as basic reliability theory.


At the conclusion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • appraise the value of maintenance as a profit driver and not solely as a cost
  • categorise the life cycle stages of mining equipment and related management processes
  • assess the role of maintenance planning and scheduling to quantify demand for maintenance resources and allocate these resources
  • assemble the principle condition-based maintenance strategies used in the mining industry and critically evaluate their applicability to mining equipment
  • assemble key maintenance performance indices, and evaluate and judge the impact these have on mining operations
  • examine basic reliability theory applied to practical mining examples, including failure rates and how these dictate maintenance tactics
  • critically evaluate in-house versus contractor approaches to delivering maintenance services


Closed Book Examination (3 hours): 50%
Assignment/Practical/Project work (continuous assessment): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Workload requirements

3 hours lectures and 2 hours of tutorial, and 7 hours of private study per week.