Maintenance Engineering Handbook (PDF File)
Lindley R. Higgins, P.E.
R. Keith Mobley Editor in Chief
The Plant Performance Group
Ricky Smith Associate Editor
President, Technical Training Division
Life Cycle Engineering
This “Maintenance Engineering Handbook” is written, almost exclusively, by those people who have
had to face the acute never-ending problems of equipment failures, repairs, and upkeep, day by day,
hour by hour, midnight shift by midnight shift. They understand better than most the extraordinary
demands that every maintenance manager, planner, and craftsperson must face and overcome to meet
the everchanging maintenance requirements of today’s plant.
It is the function of “Maintenance Engineering Handbook” to pass along invention, ingenuity, and
a large dose of pure basic science to you, the user. This then is your key, your guide, and your chief
support in the tempestuous battle of Maintenance in the days and years ahead.
Lindley R. Higgins, as editor-in-chief of the first five editions of this handbook, established a
standard for excellence that we have attempted to maintain in this sixth edition. Through the excellent
help of maintenance professionals, we have updated those sections that were in the earlier editions
and have added more than 20 new topics that we believe will help you survive in the battle
against excessive downtime, high maintenance costs, and the myriad other problems that you as a
maintenance professional must face each day.
R. Keith Mobley