Towards a capabilities taxonomy for prognostics and health management

Jeff Bird, Nancy Madge, Karl Martin Reichard

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This communication proposes the development by the PHM Society of a classification or taxonomy for the skills needed for the prognostics and health management (PHM) field. This taxonomy is a set of descriptors for each skill for a chosen range of competency levels: entry, working and mastery. This communication defines a structure and process to ensure application to real needs by employers, practitioners and training developers. Preliminary results of the development of Analytics, Test and Experiment Design and Cost Benefit Studies sub-domains within the PHM field are reported based on workshops at the PHM 2012 and 2013 Annual Conferences. Steps for a way forward are proposed and mechanisms for interested parties to participate are suggested. The PHM Society's Education and Professional Development Committee would lead these efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number002
Number of pages1
JournalInternational Journal of Prognostics and Health Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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