How to Make a Maintenance Schedule (Template Included)


Maintenance is an essential part of industries from construction to manufacturing. It keeps equipment in optimal working condition, which leads to more efficiency and quality and keeps work on time and within budget. A maintenance schedule ensures those tasks are done regularly.

Learn how to create a maintenance schedule and download a free maintenance schedule template to get started. Read about the benefits of an effective maintenance schedule and see how a maintenance plan can help a diverse group of industries.

What Is a Maintenance Schedule?

A maintenance schedule is the process by which maintenance departments plan, organize and coordinate the activities involved in equipment maintenance to make sure that everything is working properly. Having a well-structured maintenance schedule reduces unscheduled downtime through the proactive planning and allocation of resources for maintenance tasks.

Implementing a maintenance schedule will solve problems before they can risk breaking down machinery and stopping production, which leads to delays and added costs. Not only that but having a maintenance schedule can extend the lifetime of equipment and increase the operational efficiency of that equipment.

Project management software can help organizations keep to their maintenance schedule. ProjectManager is award-winning project and portfolio management software with multiple project views that help keep maintenance schedules on track. Gantt charts can schedule maintenance tasks, allocate resources and track costs. Set up recurring tasks for maintenance activities. Email and in-app notifications make sure that they don’t slip through the cracks. Get started with ProjectManager today for free.

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How to Make a Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance scheduling starts with a maintenance schedule. To create an effective maintenance schedule and ensure that equipment is always reviewed, maintained and replaced as needed, follow these four steps.

1. List All the Equipment to Maintain

To have a maintenance schedule, first, the equipment must be inventoried. This involves thoroughly inspecting the equipment and a comprehensive list of everything so nothing is neglected. Be sure that the equipment list is complete. Don’t leave anything out that requires regular maintenance. This will help to make maintenance scheduling more effective.

2. Identify Maintenance Activities

Once the equipment list has been made and the essential machinery is included, the next step is understanding the necessary activities for the maintenance schedule. Every piece of equipment has different requirements. Research those and add them to the equipment list after each piece of machinery. This includes prioritizing which equipment has the greatest return on investment or is most frequently used and the repair or replacement costs. A checklist of these maintenance activities streamlines maintenance scheduling.

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Maintenance Schedule Template

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3. Determine the Frequency of Maintenance

Schedule inspections and maintenance based on the frequency required for each piece of equipment. There are likely activities that must be performed daily, while others can wait a week, month or can be done whenever required through a work order. These can include inspections, repairs and other maintenance tasks. Be sure to define the maintenance frequency for each item on the equipment list.

4. Define Maintenance Dates

Finally, to execute the maintenance schedule, the above information must be scheduled. This includes calendaring the maintenance schedule to ensure that every piece of equipment gets the maintenance it requires with the frequency to ensure it continues to work as expected. This maintenance schedule should be tracked and adjusted as needed.

Maintenance Scheduling Example

Let’s look at a manufacturing facility for an example of maintenance scheduling. First, all the equipment is listed, then the activities are identified and the frequency and dates for the scheduled maintenance are determined. The maintenance department has already done this.

To better understand the process, we’ll focus on one piece of equipment: the conveyor belt. This is a crucial part of the production process as it moves materials throughout the factory floor as products are assembled. If the conveyor belt breaks down, deadlines won’t be met and customer satisfaction will be jeopardized.

Therefore, the maintenance team has determined that the conveyor belt needs monthly maintenance to ensure it remains operational. Each month, for a short period, the conveyor belt is shut down to replace the bearings to prevent the belt from snapping. The scheduled maintenance has been incorporated into the larger production schedule to make it as least disruptive as possible.

Maintenance Schedule Template

While project management software is superior to managing maintenance scheduling on Excel spreadsheets, some need to try other methods before realizing this fact. Therefore, this free maintenance schedule template for Excel can provide a hands-on tool to create a maintenance schedule and discover the pros and cons of using spreadsheets for maintenance scheduling.

ProjectManager's maintenance schedule template for Excel

This free maintenance schedule for Excel has everything necessary for maintenance scheduling. There’s a column to list equipment, another has a pull-down menu to identify its condition and then a column to note the frequency of the maintenance in days. The maintenance schedule template is fully customizable and can be easily edited to add or subtract columns to match any maintenance plan.

Benefits of Effective Maintenance Scheduling

Effective maintenance scheduling helps companies focus on the future and, by doing so, potential issues that can disrupt work are resolved before they become a problem. The short intervals of work stoppage are worth the benefits of maintenance scheduling.

Some of those benefits include higher productivity as the equipment is always working optimally and not breaking down unexpectedly. This also leads to increased operational efficiency, allowing work to move more smoothly.

Other benefits include a decrease in spare parts. There’s no reason to overstock spare parts with regular maintenance scheduling because those parts are replaced before they break down. This also improves overall workflow, keeping teams working rather than waiting for equipment to get repaired.

Regular maintenance scheduling means fewer injuries and less downtime, less resource movement and fewer and lower production costs. All this combines into a more efficient production process, keeping equipment online and getting the most out of teams, which can work at capacity.

What Industries Can Benefit From Maintenance Planning

Maintenance is often thought of as a fancy term for what a janitor does. Cleaning halls and bathrooms are maintenance and important. However, the field is much larger than a person pushing a mop and bucket. In fact, maintenance is a huge business and one that can be found across many different industries.

Whether a company has an in-house maintenance department or outsources the work, one can find maintenance planning in industries such as education, mining and energy to facilities, healthcare and warehousing and distribution. Below are two industries that benefit from maintenance planning, which we’ll explain in greater detail.


Construction works with heavy equipment, such as cranes, excavators, graders and bulldozers. This is not only large, but expensive equipment and, therefore, keeping these machines running is a priority. Maintenance planning minimizes equipment downtime and keeps the construction site activities running.

There are also safety issues on a construction site that require a kind of maintenance through protection inspection. This maximizes the safety of the construction assets. Keeping well-maintenance and monitoring the site and equipment regularly means fewer breakdowns, emergencies and risks of accidents.


Manufacturing applies complex and large assets. This equipment is running sometimes continuously for long periods, which impacts performance. Maintenance planning avoids costly equipment failure that shuts down production. It also keeps machines working longer, as replacement is expensive.

Scheduling maintenance keeps everyone alert to upcoming maintenance, which can then be baked into the schedule for the least disruption. Preventive maintenance is also key, as it prevents sudden device failures that are so costly. Having a maintenance plan and schedule means decreased asset downtime, which leads to greater productivity and profits for manufacturers.

How ProjectManager Helps With Maintenance Scheduling

Being able to create a maintenance schedule and manage those activities to ensure that they are done when needed, requires more than a static template. The free template above can help, but it must be manually updated, isn’t collaborative and doesn’t remind the maintenance team when work has to be done. However, project management software, such as ProjectManager can. The multiple project views mean managers can create maintenance schedules on Gantt charts by managers while maintenance teams use kanban boards or task lists to complete their activities. All these views are connected so if a change occurs on one, all are updated together.

Track Costs and Resource Utilization

Maintenance costs money and those costs have been earmarked in a larger budget. To ensure that the maintenance schedule isn’t going over that budget, use real-time dashboards to monitor costs, time and more. The dashboard or portfolio dashboard can automatically collect live data and display it in easy-to-read graphs and charts. Use customizable reporting features for more details on variance, timesheets and workload.

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Balance the Team’s Workload

Managing limited resources to achieve all the goals of a maintenance schedule is critical to successful maintenance planning. When onboarding the maintenance team, set their availability, such as PTO, vacation and global holidays. This makes it easier to assign them to tasks. Go to the team page or the workload chart to get an overview of the resource allocation of the team. If some are underallocated while others are overallocated, balance their workload right from the chart and keep them working at capacity.

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