Some of the functions of an aircraft maintenance
department are as follows:
Periodic maintenance and routine inspection and
servicing of aircraft, associated SE, and aeronautical
material and components. Maintenance and inspection
include the necessary disassembly, cleaning,
examination, repair, modification, test, inspection,
assembly, and preservation.
Special work (when required) to comply with
TDs or local instructions.
On the other hand, a staff relationship (normally
shown by a solid horizontal line feeding into the main
arteries of the organizational chart) exists between an
advisory staff supervisor and a production line
supervisor. The sole concern of staff personnel is to
service and support the production effort.
Correction of aircraft and equipment
Assurance of high quality in all work.
Maintenance of required records and technical
Maintenance and custody of tools and other
equipment provided the activity for its own use.
Management exercises the authority and takes the
responsibility for the performance of the mission,
tasks, and work of the maintenance department. The
organizational structure lets the aircraft maintenance
officer (AMO) (with the aid of subordinate officers)
manage the maintenance department. The AMO is
responsible to the commanding officer for the
accomplishment of the departments mission. The
AMO directs the maintenance department according
to directives from higher authority.
Training of assigned personnel.
Conducting maintenance and ground-handling
Submission of reports for statistical, analytical,
and historical purposes.
The depth and complexity of specific functions
vary with the number and type of aircraft involved and
the assigned maintenance level. This chapter covers
the aircraft maintenance organizations for the 0- and
I-level maintenance activities. You will probably be
assigned to an activity that performs only 0- or I-level
The functional management responsibilities
assigned to the AMO are planning, control, and
production. Also, the AMO estimates and programs
facilities, equipment, manpower, and training
requirements. With subordinate maintenance
department officers, the AMO provides direction and
guidance to subordinate divisions. The subordinate
divisions implement and comply with all local- and
higher-authority maintenance policies and technical
directives. Normally, the following subordinate
officers assist the AMO in the management of the
Assistant aircraft maintenance officer. This
officer ensures that the staff divisions conform to
established policies involving quality assurance and
supervises maintenance administration and department
The organizational structure of aircraft main-
tenance activities uses the principles and concepts
of modern management. This structure incorporates
the basic aspects of organizing-pinpointing
responsibilities, span of control, alignment of functions,
division of work, uniformity of assignments, and
delegation of authority commensurate with the
assignment of responsibility.
Maintenance material control officer. This
officer is directly responsible to the AMO for the
overall productive effort and material support of the
Aircraft maintenance division and branch
officers. These officers organize and manage their
respective divisions and branches.
A line relationship (normally shown by a solid
Specific responsibilities of these officers are
vertical line on an organizational chart) is a
outlined in OPNAVINST 4790.2. The organization of
relationship that exists between a superior and
the maintenance department provides firm lines of
subordinate within both staff and line segments of the
authority from the AMO to the personnel who do the
organization. This relationship involves the direct
work for which the department is responsible. Major
supervisory functions of assigning work to
segments, called divisions, of the department report
subordinates and appraisal of performance.
directly to the department head. Several branches