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S2C3 - MAINTENANCE AUTHORISATION OF NON-TECHNICAL PERSONNEL (OTHER THAN AIRCREW)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CONDITIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT

RESPONSIBILITIES

Senior Maintenance Manager

Non-Technical Personnel

SUITABLE TASKS

Identification of Suitable Tasks

TRAINING, ASSESSMENT AND AUTHORISATION

Required Training and Assessment

Authorisation

Withdrawal of Authorisation

Recording of Training, Assessment and Authorisation

Army Only

INTRODUCTION

1. Qualified and authorised technical personnel normally perform aircraft and aeronautical product maintenance and associated tasks. However, under some conditions appropriately trained and authorised non-technical personnel with no trade qualifications may carry out limited tasks that do not require the skill, knowledge or the full training of a tradesperson.

2. Approved Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) are required to comply with the requirements of the AAP 7001.053—Electronic Technical Airworthiness Management Manual to carry out maintenance tasks on aircraft and aeronautical product, including when employing non-technical personnel to perform these tasks.

3. This chapter prescribes the AMO responsibilities when authorising non-technical personnel, other than aircrew, to perform tasks on aircraft and aeronautical product.

4. Non-AMOs do not carry out aircraft and aeronautical product maintenance tasks and are not required to comply with the ADF Technical Airworthiness Regulations. However, non-AMOs must develop in conjunction with DAVREG–DGTA staff, a list of tasks and a system for the training and authorisation of non-technical personnel to perform associated aircraft tasks on aircraft and aeronautical product to ensure the technical airworthiness of aircraft and technical integrity of aeronautical product is not compromised. The list of tasks and the system of training must be promulgated in local instructions.

CONDITIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT

5. Aircraft and aeronautical product maintenance and associated tasks must only be performed by non-technical personnel when the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. The task is authorised to be performed by non-technical personnel in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
  2. Non-technical personnel have a current authorisation to perform the task in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
  3. Performance of the task is appropriately supervised in accordance with the requirements of this publication.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Senior Maintenance Manager

6. The Senior Maintenance Manager (SMM) is responsible for:

  1. authorising non-technical personnel to perform identified tasks
  2. ensuring that all the mandatory requirements relevant to the management of non-technical personnel who are required to perform tasks within a particular AMO are promulgated in local instructions covering:
    1. the area of employment
    2. the identified tasks
    3. training and currency requirements
    4. authorisation process
    5. recording of assessments
    6. task authorisations.

7. In addition to the other responsibilities outlined in paragraph 6, the SMM has the following responsibilities which may be delegated:

  1. identifying the tasks which may be performed by non-technical personnel
  2. determining the required training to be undertaken by non-technical personnel.

Non-Technical Personnel

8. Non-technical personnel are responsible for:

  1. carrying out only those tasks for which they have been authorised
  2. completing all aircraft documentation correctly and accurately in accordance with the relevant publications
  3. knowing and understanding the authorisation process as it pertains to them.

9. This responsibility may require signing technical documentation in the capacity of a tradesperson for the tasks performed.

SUITABLE TASKS

Identification of Suitable Tasks

10. When identifying suitable tasks, the SMM or delegate must ensure that the performance of the task by non-technical personnel is not to compromise the integrity of the aircraft or aeronautical product or affect the safety of personnel.

11. Once suitable tasks have been identified, the AMO must promulgate the tasks in local instructions. When promulgated, this constitutes the authorised tasks that may be performed by non-technical personnel. These tasks are subject to review by the SMM or delegate to ensure their continued suitability. Examples of tasks that an SMM or delegate may consider suitable include, but are not limited to:

  1. securing and picketing aircraft
  2. towing aircraft
  3. cleaning and washing aircraft
  4. operating ground support equipment
  5. re-configuration of transport aircraft cargo compartments, such as installation or removal of troop seats or configuration for patient stretchers.

TRAINING, ASSESSMENT AND AUTHORISATION

12. Non-technical personnel are only to be authorised to perform tasks when the following conditions are met:

  1. all required training is completed
  2. competency has been demonstrated in performance of the tasks.

Required Training and Assessment

13. When determining the required training, the SMM or delegate must consider:

  1. the risk and consequence of errors
  2. the complexity of the task
  3. the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required
  4. Work Health and Safety (WHS) issues involved
  5. the maintenance environment in which the person is to be employed
  6. the control and use of:
    1. tools
    2. support equipment
    3. authorised maintenance data.

14. The required training must be given to non-technical personnel by suitably qualified and authorised technical personnel, through a combination of:

  1. formal courses
  2. on-the-job training.

15. Following successful completion of all requisite training and prior to formal authorisation, non-technical personnel are to be assessed to demonstrate their competency in performance of the required tasks. The purpose of this assessment is to verify that the appropriate knowledge and skills to perform the tasks safely and to an acceptable technical standard have been developed. All assessments must be conducted under the supervision of an SMM or delegate.

Authorisation

16. Following satisfactory demonstration of competency, the SMM or delegate may authorise non-technical personnel to perform identified tasks. The performance of non-technical personnel must be monitored by the SMM or delegate to ensure competence is maintained and authorisations remain valid.

Withdrawal of Authorisation

17. Withdrawal of authorisations must be conducted in accordance with Section 2 Chapter 1—Maintenance Authorisations.

Recording of Training, Assessment and Authorisation

18. Following successful completion of the assessment, the SMM or delegate must make an entry in the record of training and employment document.

Army Only

19. In accordance with Section 3 Chapter 10 Annex A—Management of Army Specific Explosive Ordnance Maintenance, suitably qualified and trained non-technical personnel may act as EO replenishment:

  1. trade supervisors
  2. independent inspectors.
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