Businessman showing gearsIf you are a Maintenance & Reliability (M&R) professional, there is a new regional opportunity to connect with others in your field and have access to more information and educational opportunities. The newly formed Allegheny / Appalachian Chapter of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) held their inaugural meeting last February and are ramping up activity, to include expanding their membership.

SMRP is a nonprofit professional society formed by practitioners to advance the reliability and physical asset management industry and to create leaders in the field. SMRP provides value for individual practitioners looking to expand their knowledge and skills in maintenance and reliability and build more business connections with other practitioners. The organization provides ANSI-accredited certification programs to validate the skills of practitioners and give them an edge when applying for jobs in maintenance and reliability.

This relatively new SMRP Chapter is looking to represent Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. and New York. There are no membership dues for this Chapter, but you do need to be a national member or become a member of SMRP with minimal dues. Membership consists of practitioners from all levels of an organization including: managers, engineers, technicians, Planners, Mechanics, Electricians, and Operations, Consultants. The current Chapter Chair is Dan Phillips of Equipment & Controls, Inc. and Co-Chair is Jay Kriner of Clarion Industries. The next Chapter meeting is in the planning stages for October 6th in Erie, PA and will include speakers on a variety of topics. More information about this will be coming soon.

In the meantime, here are some resources for more information about SMRP membership or becoming involved in the new Allegheny / Appalachian Chapter.