One of the keys to a successful maintenance program is good shop inspectors. Shop inspectors need maturity and tact when dealing with shop supervisors who are often militarily senior. Chapter 9 of this TRAMAN covers the duties and responsibilities of shop inspectors more completely.
The automotive shop supervisor, who is usually a CMC, has direct control over the automotive repair shop and works directly for the maintenance supervisor. Among this supervisor's duties are the following:
1. Controlling and supervising all maintenance personnel assigned to the shop
2. Ensuring that preventive maintenance is performed under current instructions
3. Submitting accurate maintenance records to the cost control section
4. Maintaining the mechanics' tool kits and conducting required inventories
5. Providing necessary technical and safety instruction and-leadership
6. Ensuring that all work listed on EROS is performed and that any additional work is authorized, recorded, and performed
7. Ensuring that only top quality work is performed in the shop
The heavy equipment repair supervisor, who is usually a CMC, has direct control over the heavy equipment repair shop and works directly for the maintenance supervisor. In addition to the duties of the automotive repair supervisor just listed, the heavy equipment repair supervisor is responsible for the assignment and supervision of the field maintenance crew and injector shop if one is established.
The importance of field maintenance and field repairs cannot be overemphasized. The success or failure of the deployment from an equipment maintenance standpoint, and in some cases from the project standpoint, can be traced to the unavailability of equipment because of poor field maintenance or inability to perform adequate and timely repairs in the field. Experienced field mechanics are worth their weight in gold, and the heavy equipment repair supervisor must be careful in the selection of the field mechanics, even to the point of shortchanging himself in the shop. In the long run, good field maintenance will reduce the shop workload and improve the operator's concern for the equipment. Remember, it is the responsibility of the heavy equipment repair supervisor to provide the tools and equipment required by the field mechanics.
When an area or shop has been established to repair injectors and injection pumps, it will normally be under the supervision of the heavy equipment repair supervisor. In addition to the necessary testing equipment, an injector repair shop requires a method of controlling the temperature and cleanliness.
The support (or 5000) shop supervisor, usually a CMC, reports directly to the maintenance supervisor. This supervisor is responsible for training, supervising, and cent rolling personnel performing the support functions assigned to him or her by the maintenance supervisor. The support shop normally includes the toolroom and shops described in the following paragraphs. All of these shops perform their services to support the heavy and automotive repair shops, which have the basic maintenance responsibility for all civil engineer support equipment (CESE) assigned to the battalion. Requests for support services (machine shop, steel shop, and so forth) from other companies within the battalion will be routed through the maintenance supervisor.
Machinery Repairmen (MRs) are assigned to operate the machine shop trailer, which contains lathes, drill presses, grinders, and other machine tools. It should be located near the repair shops to make it convenient for the crews of both shops to work together on joint projects. The MRs are capable of manufacturing or repairing equipment parts, tools, and machine parts. Valid inventory lists for the MR trailer may be obtained from COMCBPAC equipment office or COMCB- LANT DET, Gulfport.Continue Reading