As a supervisor, you will control (1) tools, (2) test
equipment, (3) consumables, (4) safety equipment, and
(5) other materials specific to your work center. There-
fore, you must respect your personnel by having the
correct material available for them to perform their
preventive and corrective maintenance without delays
caused by lack of material.
MATERIAL CONTROL. The most effective
way to control material assets is to maintain account-
ability. Mass issuing of tools to all work-center per-
sonnel represents a major expense, and it usually means
the tools will not be available when needed.
Loaning test equipment items to every work center
that wants to borrow them may mean that the equipment
will not be in the correct spaces when you need it. As
the supervisor, you should always be willing to help
others, but you must have a system to keep track of
You may make a simple equipment checkout log
containing item description, serial number, work center,
name of the person to whom the item is checked out,
date loaned out, date returned, and space for the lenders
initials. Logging this information will allow you to track
tools borrowed and returned. However, this accountabil-
ity system works only if everyone uses it.
Tools are government property and, as such, are
accountable items. Thousands of dollars are needlessly
spent on tools each year because tools are misplaced
or are carelessly left lying around to be lost or stolen.
better methods of arranging the workspace. This, in
turn, should result in more-efficient working conditions.
Consider each area on a case-by-case basis. Brack-
ets, stowage bins, book shelves, and collapsible work-
benches may be installed in an amazing number of
places that previously may have been overlooked.
Involve all your people in the planning.
If you are fortunate enough to be involved in the
planning stages of a division maintenance area, you
should consider the following items:
Is adequate lighting available?
Are adequate 60-Hz and 400-Hz (if applicable)
power receptacles available?
Is the layout of the work center the most effec-
tive use of the space?
Are special safety devices or safety precautions
needed in the work center?
Is the parts storage area centrally located to all
These are just a few of the questions that you should
ask. The only limits to how well a space can meet your
needs are the space available and your ingenuity and
imagination. If space is available, you should be able
to develop the plans for an efficient work area.
Sometimes it seems as if combat systems/weapons
spaces are designed by people who will never have to
use them for maintenance. Ashore, the facilities are nor-
mally adequate to provide proper maintenance. Aboard
ship, however, there is little space that is not dedicated
to some vital function.
As a supervisor, you may feel there is little you can
do about the inadequacies of your division spaces.
Sometimes this may be true; but, in most cases, if you
analyze the situation carefully, you can usually devise
Training for personnel may be either formal or in-
formal, either off site or on site. As a supervisor, you
will spend a good part of your time training your work
force or arranging for training. Much of this training
is informal, such as showing a new technician how to
align or adjust a radar repeater or how to use a technical
A good training program is balanced. The better
trained your work force is, the more readily your divi-
sion can perform the required maintenance with which
it is tasked.