A supervisor should possess a large amount
of TACT and DIPLOMACY. Directing shop
activities requires that you contact all types of
people; for example, the mechanics who work for
you, the personnel (military and/or civilian) who
operate the equipment, and the officer (or civilian)
to whom you are responsible. You must be careful
not to let prejudices interfere with your good
A transportation maintenance shop supervisor
will need all of his past experience in diagnosing
mechanical troubles accurately, scheduling and
planning repair work skillfully, using all kinds of
repair equipment, and directing the many activi-
ties in maintaining transportation and earth-
At some time during your career in the Navy,
you may be assigned as a foreman in a public
works (PW) transportation maintenance shop.
You may also have to serve as supervisor of a
Construction Battalion equipment maintenance
shop. Because of the variation in the two different
types of duty, the responsibilities of a foreman
in a PW transportation maintenance shop will be
discussed in this chapter, and the battalion
equipment company shops supervisors responsi-
bilities will be discussed in the following chapter.
Although many of the positions have the same
basic duties, the methods of doing the work may
differ considerably. Certain areas of cost control
vary a great deal. Duty in a transportation
maintenance shop includes work of a continuing
nature. Therefore, to provide continuity, civil
service personnel are also employed.
PUBLIC WORKS TRANSPORTATION
A PW transportation department of a naval
shore facility is generally stationary. As a
supervisor in the PW maintenance branch, you
would probably not have to plan and construct
a new transportation shop, but, rather, would
supervise the repair of equipment. However, if
you are involved in the establishment of a new
base, you will probably be consulted about the
location and layout of the maintenance shops.
You can obtain detailed information on the
physical layout of the buildings by referring to
Naval Facilities Planning Guide, P-437, Facilities
Number 214 20B, Drawing 6028198. The location
of tools and shop equipment depends on the
amount and type of equipment to be maintained.
The PW transportation organization discussed
in this chapter is typical of the type usually found
within a public works activity. The titles and
organization may vary from activity to activity.
To learn more about these organizations, you
should obtain and study current NAVFAC
instructions and publications that pertain to the
public work centers and public work departments.
By referring to figure 1-1, you can see that the
Figure 1-1.Functional organization