I.D.# PD230946ON
Access Period: 3 Months
Duration: 1.17 Hours

The Weibull engineering technique is the starting point for solving most issues related to product reliability, maintainability, supportability, quality, safety, test planning, and cost control. Weibull Analysis is popular worldwide as the best method for predicting modeling variability and failure of designs, products, and systems. In this introductory short course, instructor Wes Fulton will provide a solid overview of Weibull Engineering capabilities. This 80 minute Fast Track should be considered a prerequisite for participation in a Weibull project or for attending additional SAE training that covers advanced Weibull applications.

Is this Fast Track for You?
The Introduction to Weibull Engineering Fast Track is designed for the engineer - from automotive, aerospace, electrical, biomedical, and nuclear. This course does not require any pre-requisite, as the content will unfold from the basics, up to the more advanced features of this valuable analysis tool. The knowledge gained in this course can serve as a prerequisite to more advanced Weibull projects.

If you are seeking a more comprehensive course, consider attending the Weibull-Log Normal Workshop in a three-day classroom setting, led by instructor Wes Fulton.

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By participating in this Fast Track short course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate whether available data will be appropriate for Weibull Engineering
  • Use both failures and non-failures for the best solution
  • Generate a Weibull plot and interpret the results
  • Evaluate the correctness of a Weibull solution
  • Distinguish between an infant mortality issue and a wear-out issue
  • Forecast events under different maintenance strategies
  • Determine pass/fail criteria in designing a test program
  • Convert Weibull results into meaningful cost-based information


  • Introduction and Background
  • Basic Weibull Plotting and Interpretation
  • Case Studies of Successful Weibull Applications
  • Overview of Weibull Extensions
  • Course Summary

Instructor(s): Wes Fulton

Mr. Wes Fulton is the Founder and CEO of Fulton Findings. Prior, he was a program engineer/manager for AiResearch Los Angeles Division, Allied-Signal Aerospace Corporation. As a program engineer for aircraft actuation projects, he had engineering and management responsibility for the Indigenous Defensive Fighter (IDF) leading edge flap actuation system (LEFAS) development and production, the Rockwell/MBB X-31A LEFAS flight test program, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon LEFAS production and deployment support. He co-patented a multi-fuseable shaft (high performance drive train device). Additionally, Mr. Fulton has over 20 years of programming experience as a private programmer and developed SuperSMITH® Visual, WeibullSMITHTM, LogNormSMITHTM, Normal+SMITHTM, Visual*SMITHTM, BiWeibullSMITHTM, and MonteCarloSMITHTM analysis software. He received his B.S.M.E. from Georgia Tech and his M.S.M.E. from California State University at Long Beach.

Materials Provided

  • Three months of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 80 minute presentation
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Proof of Participation (Transcript)

About Fast Tracks

SAE "Fast Tracks" are Internet-delivered short courses featuring animated presentation screens synchronized with audio instruction. Knowledge checks are incorporated throughout the course to reinforce learning and retention and gauge your understanding of a topic before you move forward.

Equipment Requirements

  • Pentium PC 300 MHZ
  • Minimum 128 MB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, & 9 browser (IE 10 & 11, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Unix/Linus based browsers are not currently supported)
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 or above required
  • Broadband-128Kbps and above (Minimum: Cable or DSL connection)
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
  • 1024 X 768 Screen Resolution
  • Sound Card/Speakers
Mac operating systems and browsers other than IE and Mozilla Firefox are not supported.

Online Access
Members save up to 19% off list price.
Have colleagues who need this course? Purchase access for one individual at the appropriate member or list price, then purchase access for up to four additional employees at 10% off the list price. Contact SAE Customer Service to arrange online access for all individuals at the same time or mention the confirmation number for the first purchase. The offer is good for only the same Fast Track. All participants will receive a personal account in the SAE Learning Center.


Quantity discounts for six or more students and corporate access options also are available - complete a Corporate Learning Solutions Request Form for a quote.

Email CustomerService@sae.org, or call 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada) or 724-776-4970 (outside US and Canada).
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