Planning, control, and production are func-
tional management responsibilities assigned to the
maintenance officer. The maintenance officer and
subordinate officers provide the direction and
guidance essential for subordinate divisions to
implement and comply with all local and higher
authority maintenance policies and technical
directives. The maintenance officer estimates and
programs facilities, equipment, manpower, and
In the standard organization, the following
subordinate officers assist the maintenance officer
in the management of the department:
The assistant maintenance officer supervises
the activities of the staff divisions; namely, the
quality assurance/analysis division and the
maintenance administrative section.
The maintenance/material control officer
exercises direct supervision over the production
divisions; namely, the aircraft, avionics/armament,
and line divisions.
Various aircraft maintenance division and
branch officers organize and manage their
respective divisions and branches.
The organization for maintenance depart-
ments provides firm lines of authority from the
maintenance officer to the personnel accomplish-
ing the work for which the department is
responsible. The term department is used in this
training manual (TRAMAN) as a general term
that applies to all aircraft maintenance activities
having a department head.
All major segments of the department report-
ing directly to the department head are called
divisions. Divisions are subdivided into branches.
(In cases of maintenance activities assigned as
divisions to other departments, the term division,
designating the next echelon, is used in place of
Branches become sections, and
sections become units.)
Organizational maintenance activities are the
main users and operators of naval aircraft.
Therefore, most of their maintenance tasks
involve the day-to-day support of their own
operations. Organizational maintenance activities
are composed of maintenance managers, who
manage the activity; staff divisions, which
perform support-type functions for the pro-
duction divisions; and maintenance managers and
production divisions, which actually perform the
various maintenance tasks.
Figure 1-1 is an organizational chart of a
department. The numbers shown in the various
blocks are work center codes. Work center codes
are used in the maintenance data system, which
is an important part of the NAMP. Work center
codes are necessary for recording and reporting
work done, since data processing computer
methods are used for these purposes. Typical
work centers are maintenance control, quality
assurance/analysis division, the airframes branch
of the aircraft division, and the electronics branch
of the aviation/armament division.
In an organizational maintenance activity,
staff divisions provide services and support for
the production divisions. They correlate the
accomplishments and progress of the production
divisions. Together, the staff divisions give the
maintenance officer a consolidated view of the
current status of the maintenance picture.
A discussion of some of the more important
functions of the staff divisions, especially those
to which you, as an AZ, might be assigned, is
contained in the following paragraphs. A more
detailed discussion of these divisions and their
responsibilities is contained in the NAMP.
The staff divisions in organizational mainte-
nance activities are quality assurance/analysis and
DIVISION. The basic concept of quality
assurance is the prevention of the occurrence of
defects. This concept includes all events from
the start of the maintenance operation to its
completion, and it is the responsibility of all
personnel. Achievement of quality assurance
depends upon prevention, knowledge, and special
Prevention is based upon the principle that it
is necessary to preclude maintenance failures. This
principle extends to the safety of personnel,
the maintenance of equipment, and the entire
maintenance effort. Prevention is concerned with
the regulation of events, rather than being
regulated by them.
Knowledge is derived from factual informa-
tion. It introduces data collection and analysis as
a means of acquiring this knowledge.