Maintenance managers looking for extra training can learn new skills to advance their careers through the University of Kansas Continuing Education's maintenance management online certificate program.

The courses are instructed by Joel Levitt, a leading maintenance management trainer and director of international projects for Life Cycle Engineering.

According to Levitt, the maintenance profession faces workforce shortages and the loss of institutional memory and experience as Baby Boomers retire in greater numbers each year. New employees move into vacated roles lacking these important attributes, which reduces the effectiveness of maintenance management programs often with problematic results for organizations.

"Successful organizations will be ruthless about training personnel in skill sets deemed essential for the success of the enterprise," Levitt says. "Our mission is to stop whining about the good old days, get out of our offices and download the mission-critical skills from the maintenance masters still around."

Three of Levitt's books, Introduction to Maintenance Management, Planning and Scheduling Maintenance Activity, and Preventive and Predictive Maintenance, form the basis for the maintenance management certificate program curriculum. The program uses a live online format that eliminates travel concerns while providing flexible study time, a self-determined work pace and one-on-one interaction with Levitt through email and online access.

The next maintenance management online certificate course begins Sept. 23, 2014. For more information, visit http://ceipe.ku.edu/engineering-technology-online.