‘Energy Efficiency In Manufacturing’ MET DEMAND™ Three Course Series Begins March 6 at Prairie State College

Space is limited. Registration required by Wednesday, February 27

CHICAGO HEIGHTS—(ENEWSPF)—February 25, 2013. Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, is hosting a three course series of energy demand reduction trainings – FREE of charge.

Courses being offered are:

Course 1: Effective Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices

Begins on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 8am – 5pm – Adult Training and Outreach Center (ATOC), Room 130

Overview of how maintenance contributes to a company’s bottom line and how senior management can lead an organization from a reactive to proactive culture creating Reliable Capacity® resulting in lower downtime, defects, customer service issues and energy cost. This course clearly shows how effective Maintenance increases profit through high productivity, lower energy usage and less rework.

Course 2: Introduction to Maintenance Planning and Scheduling

Begins on Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 8am – 5pm – Conference Center, Room 1315

A discussion of World Class performance and measuring the achievement of Reliable Capacity® through World Class Maintenance. The seven prerequisites business processes required for achieving effective planning and scheduling and maintenance work control will be examined. These processes are the foundation for measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the Maintenance investment. Case studies will demonstrate and verify how planning and scheduling is a good investment. Participants will discuss barriers and issues to improving Maintenance Productivity and examine solutions for implementing Maintenance Planning and Scheduling at their facility.

Course 3: Introduction to Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

Begins on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 8am – 5pm – Conference Center, Heritage Community Bank Room

Preventive and Predictive Maintenance are important in stopping the reactive Maintenance “higher cost” downward spiral. This course will discuss and demonstrate how good Maintenance does not cost more but less by finding failures while they are small through effective and efficient Preventive and Predictive Maintenance programs. These Programs focus on eliminating failures by improving methods, design, operation and control. Several unit operations will be examined and attendees are welcome to bring difficult examples to the class to discuss how to write and create an equipment care plan to eliminate failure modes and eliminate unplanned downtime.

You can register for all, or one, of the courses.

Who Should Attend:

  • Local professionals including: business owners, energy managers, facility operators, industry and manufacturing building owners, contractors, building officials, and municipal representatives. •
  • Community college faculty, staff, and students.

All Training Courses Are Offered at No Charge!

The Illinois Community College Targeted Energy Management Program is hosted by the Illinois Green Economy Network with support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

The first course will begin next Wednesday, March 6, from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. To register for the first course, visit You must register for this first course by Wednesday, February 27. 

To register for additional courses, visit

For additional information, contact Allessandra A. Cairo, Sustainability Coordinator at 708-709-3764 or e-mail [email protected].