Subject Matter Experts for Maintenance Technicians, Managers and Engineers


You’ll find resources we mention in the posts, as well as links to pages and free or paid resources that we think are useful for the maintenance professional working in a regulated industry.

  • Maintenance Shutdown Planning Workbook Sample (Excel, zip) — Microsoft Excel workbook that demonstrates how you can build a rough project plan to estimate time, costs, and resources. As discussed in Follow These Steps If You Want Your Maintenance Shutdown Planning to Go Smoothly.
  • Project Shutdown MS Project Template (MS Project, zip) — Microsoft Project template that demonstrates how to build a project plan with a Gantt chart, resources, costs, etc.  If you are a Chrome user, you can view the MS Project file in Chrome and Google Drive using a plug-in for a cloud-based project management tool called Gantter. If you install the plug-in in Chrome, you will get a free 30-day trial. We are not affiliates of Gantter, and we do not get any $$$ from Gantter. There are other project management viewers out there too. Browse around and find them.
  • Vertex42—We’re pretty sure the name of this site is a reference to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so what’s not to like? You can find lots of very cool and FREE templates, like this Simple Gantt Chart template. We are not affiliated with Vertex42 and do not benefit from your visits to their site. We just like what they do and think you will too.