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Learning from Engineering Disasters

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Course description

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In Learning from Engineering Disasters, you'll learn ...

  • Types of engineering failures
  • The difference between a critical flaw and a process flaw
  • The various failure mechanisms that occur in the design, production and operational phases of engineered systems
  • The methodology used in learning from disasters


Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 17 pages

Every engineering disaster exhibits fundamental learning points that are instructive across engineering disciplines. The ability to learn from major accidents in different industries and specialties is essential to the engineer’s practice of safe engineering. This course introduces nomenclature and analysis techniques useful when analyzing major engineering disasters.

This course will not provide sufficient expertise to perform a root cause or forensics investigation. The ability to analyze an engineering disaster will not be tested at the conclusion of this course, though the methods will be presented at a high level. For those who are interested in delving deeper into this subject, additional courses are available on this website that will build on this foundation by applying these techniques to major engineering disasters and the multi-discipline lessons that may be learned from each.

This course is appropriate for engineers of any discipline.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Identify major subsets of failure types
  • Introduction to root cause analysis
  • A formal approach to identify lessons learned from engineering failures outside the learner’s core expertise
  • Introduce nomenclature and methodology through basic case studies


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