In this hands-on skills class, students learn the principles of reliability and how equipment fails. Attendees also learn the principles of effective communication, a vital but often ignored subject. Fundamental field techniques such as: correct use of measurement tools, correct installation of tubing, fittings, gaskets and seals. Proper adjustment of threaded fasteners are taught and in-class applied. Participants review how motors, pumps, and pneumatic systems function and fail. Basic electrical knowledge and schematics are introduced along with an overview of root cause failure elimination process. Application of these learned techniques increases field skill levels, builds personal confidence and develops pride in applied work. A continued utilization of these core and fundamental practices will greatly enhance the probability of assets attaining their correct manufacturing life cycles.