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Mechanical Integrity and Quality Assurance (MIQA)

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Course Overview

The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the Mechanical Integrity and Quality Assurance (MIQA) elements of Process Safety Management (PSM). It focuses on establishing a site MIQA team, developing a site MIQA manual and implementing MIQA at a site. Participants will collaborate in small groups to analyze scenarios using incident videos and case studies. As the course progresses, participants will continuously build upon the overall PSM MIQA processes related to their fictional plant. They will have to react in real-time as incidents, such as critical equipment failures or inspections, are added to the scenario.


The Mechanical Integrity and Quality Assurance course is designed for projects and maintenance managers; projects, technical services, and maintenance engineers; MIQA element leaders and team members; and site process safety management (PSM) leaders.

Learning Objectives

In order to accelerate skill development, this course features a problem-based learning approach that provides a collaborative jobfocused experience. Participants will see how MIQA fits into the PSM model, identify the essential elements of Mechanical Integrity and Quality Assurance, discuss the importance of QA, explore MIQA roles and responsibilities, and describe repairs and corrective actions. They will also discuss the need for testing and inspection procedures, explore the benefits of predictive methods over reactive ones, hear about reliability centered maintenance (RCM), discuss the purpose of an audit and collaboratively build a personal compilation of recommendations to apply on the job.

Length: 3-day course

  • PSM 101: PSM Overview
  • PSM 201: Process Technology
  • Prior exposure to maintenance and/or Quality Assurance

Module 1:

Why Maintenance Integrity and Quality Assurance?
This module shows how MIQA fits into the PSM model and discusses the LIFECYCLE concept for PSM critical equipment.

Module 2:

Establishing a Quality Assurance System for New Equipment
Participants will examine the four PSM Quality Assurance process groups.

Module 3:

Maintenance Procedures and Training
In this module, participants get an overview on implementing maintenance procedures and training on MIQA.

Module 4:

QC of Maintenance Materials
Participants will see how to develop a thorough process for quality control.

Module 5:

Repairs and Alterations
This module looks at aspects of repairs and corrective actions, including justifications, timing and assignment of duties.

Module 6:

Tests and Inspections
Participants will go over how to organize a system of comprehensive inspections and documentation.

Module 7:

In this module, participants will explore how to use the MIQA process to engineer reliability.

Module 8:

Participants will get an overview of audit procedures and how they should be implemented.

Results and Path Forward

After completing this course, participants should compile a list of action items based on their learning to apply back on the job. This starts with writing new or upgrading existing MIQA procedures. To build competency at the individual level, the participant should identify a coach, apply the updated MIQA to a pilot site within their facility, and get assessed on the competency requirements for applying MIQA.

It is recommended that participants go through an elearning refresher course once a year and instructor-led refresher training once every three years.

It is recommended that participants go through an elearning refresher course once a year and instructor-led refresher training once every three years.

Call 1-800-828-8190 to speak with an account representative.