As the saying goes, No job is complete until the
paperwork is done." This holds true for the ABF.
Additionally, often you need more information before
you can even start a task.
There is no way you can remember every specifi-
cation, instruction, rule, or requirement. The further
you advance, the more you are required to know. The
key to not being overwhelmed by this required knowl-
edge is to learn as much as you can, but always know
where to get the information you need.
This chapter will cover technical/maintenance
manuals, instructions, reports, and logs. We will dis-
cuss their purposes, how they are kept current, and
where they are found.
A technical publications library serves two impor-
tant functions. First, it provides a central source of
up-to-date information for the use of all personnel in
the performance of their work. Second, it is an excel-
lent source of reference information to help in the
training of personnel. To perform these functions
properly, the library must contain at least one copy of
all publications affecting the equipment the division
is responsible for.
Typically, the technical library is located in the
division office or maintenance office. Management of
the library should be assigned to a senior individual
who will ensure that all required publications are on
board and that all updates and changes are made to the
Often, individual workcenters will keep the pub-
lications normally used by the workcenter. This is
acceptable. However, the technical library manager
should maintain a list of all publications held in a
workcenter so that those manuals also will receive
updates and changes when required. A technical man-
ual used to rebuild a pump is worthless if updated
changes are not made and entered on the Record of
Technical/Maintenance Manuals are the sources
of information for guiding naval personnel in the
operation and maintenance of all equipment within the
Naval Establishment. The manuals are divided into
two major types: operational and maintenance.
Operational manuals are publications and other
forms of documentation that contain a description of
systems and instructions for their effective use. An
example of an operational manual is the Aircraft Re-
fueling NATOPS Manual, NAVAIR 00-80T-109
Maintenance manuals are documents containing a
description of individual systems for the purpose of
Figure 8-1.Aircraft Refueling NATOPS Manual.