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TÜV SÜD Functional Safety Engineer for the Machinery Sector

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This aim of this course is to train the delegates in the fundamental principles of functional safety and to get their competency in the application of functional safety standards certified by TÜV SÜD.

The course includes two days of taught modules (with discussion and practical exercises), followed by an optional half day open book exam.

Delegates who pass the exam can apply for registration as a Functional Safety Engineer in the TÜV SÜD Functional Safety Certification Program, registration also requires 2 years relevant experience and to have a formal education qualification, for example at diploma level or above.


  • Introduction to Functional Safety
  • Hazard & Risk Analysis
  • Safety Concept ISO 13849
  • Safety Concept IEC 62061
  • Software Development
  • Practical Exercises
  • Verification and Validation


By the end of the course delegates should have:

  • Gained an awareness of the key parts of the standards (BS EN 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1) including SIL Determination, Performance Levels, Diagnostic Coverage and Common Cause Failures etc, for safety circuit designs.
  • Gained an understanding of some of the differences between BS EN 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1 and the concepts which these standards promote.
  • Gained an understanding of the requirements of the standards to deal with the avoidance of systematic errors.
  • Been made aware of the architectures of Safety Related Controls, and how these architectures relate to practical applications.
  • Gained an appreciation of the importance of component performance and reliability, and how the necessary data can be derived from readily available information.
  • Been made aware of the importance of ensuring that any software is sufficiently free from systematic errors.
  • Have an understanding of the importance of verification and validation


The course is aimed at managers, technicians and design engineers who have responsibilities for safety related control systems of machinery.



Senior Product Specialist, TÜV SÜD

Stewart Robinson is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Institute of Measurement and Control. He was a member of the Safety Panel of the InstMC from 2007 and chaired that Panel for many years. He is also a member of the British Standards Institution committee that deals with machinery safeguarding (MCE/3) and is the UK expert for IEC 62061. He is listed as a Functional Safety Expert in the TÜV SÜD certification programme (I.D. TA13010249).

He has been delivering training courses for more than 25 years on various topics, mainly concerned with Industrial Control Systems but also on the general aspects of machinery safety.


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