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S1C2 - STRUCTURE OF AN ADF AMO

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

KEY APPOINTMENTS IN AN ADF APPROVED MAINTENANCE ORGANISATION

Commanding Officer

Quality Manager

Senior Engineering Officer

Artificer Sergeant Major (ASM) or Warrant Officer Engineering (WOE)

OTHER ENGINEERING AND SENIOR TECHNICAL APPOINTMENTS

Engineering Officers

Maintenance Coordinator/Hangar Artificer

Shift Supervisor/Flight Line Supervisor

TECHNICAL ROLES INVOLVED IN CONDUCTING A MAINTENANCE TASK

Annexes

A. Example AMO Organisational Structure

B. Responsibilities of Key Management Appointments

INTRODUCTION

1. AAP 7001.059—ADF Aviation Maintenance Management Manual establishes a common approach to aviation maintenance management across the ADF for purposes of safety, consistency and organisational efficiency. Although the organisational structure of each ADF Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) will differ significantly, and be promulgated in the AMOs Maintenance Management Plan (MMP), the procedures within this publication are based on the common and indicative organisational structure in Annex A.

2. The purpose of this chapter is to define the roles and responsibilities of key appointments in an ADF AMO, and explain how other engineering and senior technical appointments might assist with the management of organisational activities.

KEY APPOINTMENTS IN AN ADF APPROVED MAINTENANCE ORGANISATION

3. An ADF AMO has the following key management appointments:

  1. Commanding Officer (CO)
  2. Quality Manager (QM)
  3. Senior Engineering Officer (SEO)
  4. Warrant Officer or Warrant Officer Engineering (WOE).

4. The exact title for these appointments will vary for different ADF AMOs and Commercial AMOs. The purpose of including these generic key appointments in the manual is to:

  1. Simplify references in this manual to one key appointment, rather than use Army, Navy and Air Force unique titles.
  2. Recognise that the number of key appointments in an ADF AMO exceeds that required in AAP 7001.053—ElectronicTechnical Airworthiness Management Manual.
  3. Highlight that these key appointments have other governance responsibilities that may be greater than those specified in the technical airworthiness regulations.

Commanding Officer

5. In addition to normal command responsibilities, the CO may be required to discharge the responsibilities of the Senior Executive. In order to do so the CO must seek objective evidence from the QM and Senior Maintenance Manager (SMM).

6. Annex B provides a list of the specific responsibilities to be discharged by the CO in an ADF AMO as the Senior Executive, or in support of the Senior Executive.

Quality Manager

7. The QM is responsible for establishing and maintaining a Quality Management System that is based on AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008—Quality Management Systems – Requirements in accordance with regulations and guidance contained in AAP 7001.053.

8. Annex B provides a list of the QM responsibilities specifically related to governance of an ADF AMO.

Senior Engineering Officer

9. In addition to other responsibilities placed on SEOs by the chain of command, the SEO is required to discharge the responsibilities of the SMM as specified in AAP 7001.053. In the capacity of SMM, the SEO is responsible for the conduct of all maintenance activities within the AMOs authorised scope and level.

10. Annex B provides a list of SMM responsibilities, which is inclusive of the specific SMM responsibilities in the technical regulations.

Artificer Sergeant Major (ASM) or Warrant Officer Engineering (WOE)

11. As the senior technical non-commissioned officer, the ASM/WOE is a key appointment in an ADF AMO. This appointment plays an important role in maintaining technical standards and mastery within the AMO exercising maintenance authorisations and delegations as authorised by the SEO and providing advice and direction to maintenance personnel within the AMO, including junior engineering officers as appropriate.

OTHER ENGINEERING AND SENIOR TECHNICAL APPOINTMENTS

12. To enable an AMO to effectively manage its organisational activities, other engineering and senior technical appointments might be established to exercise delegations of authority from the SEO. Examples of these appointments may include:

  1. Engineering Officers
  2. Maintenance Coordinator/Hangar Artificer
  3. Shift Supervisor/Flight Line Supervisor.

Engineering Officers

13. Engineering officers within an AMO undertake activities and duties to gain an understanding and appreciation for the application of maintenance within the technical airworthiness framework. They exercise SMM delegations and may have personnel and resource management responsibilities.

Maintenance Coordinator/Hangar Artificer

14. The Maintenance Coordinator/Hangar Artificer is involved in maintenance work flow scheduling, taking into account servicing requirements and operational tasking requirements.

Shift Supervisor/Flight Line Supervisor

15. The Shift Supervisor/Flight Line Supervisor appointments undertake supervisory activities to support maintenance work flow.

TECHNICAL ROLES INVOLVED IN CONDUCTING A MAINTENANCE TASK

16. The roles and responsibilities of the Maintenance Manager, Trade Supervisor and Tradesperson have been explicitly excluded from this chapter because they are more concerned with management and conduct of a discrete maintenance task, rather than the general management of organisational activities. The example AMO organisation structure in Annex A shows how these roles are related to managerial appointments in an ADF AMO.

Annexes:

  1. Example AMO Organisational Structure
  2. Responsibilities of Key Management Appointments
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