University of Tennessee and Form Joint Venture

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MARCON-2007 bridges academic and industrial maintenance and reliability communities.

The University of Tennessee Maintenance and Reliability Center (MRC) and ( announced a new partnership to produce MARCON-2007 (Maintenance and Reliability Conference.

“MARCON is a very unique conference, one of the few University sponsored maintenance and reliability conferences in the world. Each year industry experts, faculty members and students meet to share information and hear presentations on current industry challenges and best practices” states MRC Director Tom Byerley, PE, CMRP. “We have built a strong support relationship with over the past five years so it simply made sense to formalize the arrangements so we can focus on further growing a quality event.”

The University of Tennessee Maintenance and Reliability Center is designed to advance maintenance and reliability education and practices within the academic and industrial communities. Educational opportunities available through the Maintenance and Reliability Center include an on-campus certificate program and two complementary distance learning graduate degrees: Maintenance Management and Reliability Engineering; and Reliability and Maintainability Engineering.

“’s core values and goals are totally aligned with the University of Tennessee Maintenance and Reliability Center,” continued Terrence O’Hanlon, CMRP, and Publisher of “Each organization is dedicated to advancing maintenance and reliability management. Together we will be more effective at delivering the premier reliability focused event where industry can come together with academia. With the looming Maintenance Skills shortage, it is important to develop a line of communication allowing the industrial community to outline educational requirements of future employees and the academic community to respond. Institutions of higher learning are key to meeting the future workforce requirements.”

MARCON_2007 will be held May 8-11, 2007 at the Knoxville Downtown Hilton Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Noted reliability expert H. Paul Barringer will keynote at MARCON-2007 and workshops will cover Six Sigma Reliability, Reliability Engineering and Human Error.

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