DFMEA Training Program

5 Proven Steps to Benefit from Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (DFMEA).
Meet Industry Standards and Eliminate Debates, While Meeting Design Requirements.

Just imagine a company culture that is focused on meeting quality and reliability objectives.  A company that supports engineers by ensuring all time spent doing analysis is directly related to developing a design that meets requirements and customer expectations.  A company that makes product decisions based on engineering knowledge and engineering confidence in their design.  A company that is sought after based on market dominance in quality and reliability.

Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) is a methodology focused on identifying  ways that a new product or service might fail.  The intent is to find opportunities to make the design more robust before it is implemented in the real world. It centers on early identification and prevention of issues, meeting customer expectations and growth of engineering knowledge. Managers will feel confident in their decisions since they will be based on engineering evidence (data).

5 Proven Steps to Meet Industry Standards and Eliminate Debates, While Meeting Design Requirements.

APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) Process is a structured method that defines and establishes steps necessary to ensure products meet requirements. DFMEA is one of the required deliverables within the APQP process. This training program is intended to provide an introduction and foundation of the Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis methodology for anyone who is interested in implementing part or all of the methodology.

This DFMEA training program is intended for Automotive and Non-Automotive Applications. The course comprehends the industry best practices and organizes them into a disciplined and logical 5 Step DFMEA Process. The 5 Step DFMEA Process includes: Planning, Preparation, Engineering Analysis, Design Reviews, and Closure of Actions. Each of the process steps comprehends the needs of the engineer. Every detailed step defined in this course is something every engineer will normally do when completing their design – PLUS bonus examples of the DFMEA recommended documentation are provided!

This course is intended for management and engineers in areas of: design, manufacturing, assembly, quality, service, packaging, material handling, supplier quality, maintenance, and reliability. This is a foundation training module and does not have required prerequisite training or experience.

This course is intended to provide training of process knowledge and techniques. At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Define the relationship of DFMEA within Systems Engineering
  • Define the roles of both management and engineers within the DFMEA Process
  • List the different steps of the DFMEA process (per the ReliaTrain 5 Step Process Map)
  • List the inputs and outputs of each of the 5 steps within the DFMEA process
  • Describe how the Boundary Diagram and the Bill of Material is connected
  • Describe how functions and requirements are used within the DFMEA process
  • Describe the difference types of failure modes
  • Describe the difference between a failure mode and effects of failure
  • Define the connection between a cause and an engineering product decision
  • Use DFMEA to help identify and address product special characteristics
  • Define the difference between prevention and detection controls
  • Describe when design actions should be taken
  • Define the relationship between DFMEA and PFMEA
  • Use the DFMEA process as a tool in an engineer’s daily activity


This is a foundation training module and does not have required prerequisite training or experience.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed to support the roles of management, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, supplier quality, validation, materials and aftermarket engineering.  If you are affected by an engineering technical decision, this course is for you.  Mastering the course content will improve launch effectiveness and product quality and reliability.