. coordinating department administrative
and security responsibilities with other depart-
ments and divisions as required;
l effecting proper distribution of nontech-
nical information and publications; and
l maintaining necessary personnel assign-
ment records for the department.
The maintenance officer may consider the
tasks performed by maintenance/material control
to be a staff function. However, the maintenance/
material control officer exercises authority in a
line position between the maintenance officer and
the production divisions.
The maintenance/material control officer is
directly responsible to the maintenance officer for
the overall productive effort and material support
of the department. To separate the functions
performed by maintenance/material control, it is
divided into two work centersone for the
maintenance control functions and one for the
material control functions. These are discussed
further in the following paragraphs.
MAINTENANCE CONTROL WORK
CENTER. The space in which the personnel of
this work center perform their functions is
commonly referred to as maintenance control, or
the maintenance control office.
The maintenance control office is the nerve
center of the entire maintenance department. As
head of this office, the maintenance/material
control officer directs the production divisions
with the assistance of the maintenance control
chief. The maintenance/material control officer
exercises control and coordination of the
production divisions to ensure prompt movement
of aircraft, parts, and materials to promote
harmony and cooperation. This officer maintains
liaison with the supporting activity to ensure that
the departments productive capacity is kept
compatible with workload requirements.
In discharging these responsibilities, the per-
sonnel assigned to maintenance control perform
the following functions:
. Plan and schedule aircraft through all
phases of assigned maintenance.
. Initiate maintenance actions to the work
centers for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance
as required, and assign priorities and completion
. Perform progress checks on work assigned.
. Maintain current aircraft status on the
visual information display system (VIDS) board
and keep cognizant divisions and work centers
informed of the status of aircraft and related
. Prepare necessary aircraft parking plans
and movement schedules.
. Maintain aircraft logs according to current
. Ensure that maintenance instructions are
prepared when required, and provide the
necessary control to ensure compliance by work
. Assign a job control number for each
. Receive completed and processed source
documents from the quality assurance/analysis
division and file for historical purposes.
. Take necessary actions for reporting
aircraft accounting data, aircraft engine
accounting data, and other required reports.
In the final analysis, maintenance control
personnel plan, schedule, and provide positive
control of all maintenance performed on or in
support of assigned aircraft. Most of the tasks
performed in maintenance control are within the
scope of the AZ rating; therefore, for the most
part, this work center is composed of AZs.
MATERIAL CONTROL CENTER (MCC).
To maintain an effective aircraft maintenance
program, a cooperative working relationship must
exist between production and supply. Effective
maintenance of complex weapons systems cannot
be accomplished without an adequate material
supply program. A material control center is
provided in the organizational maintenance
department to act as liaison between the
maintenance department and the local supply