FACILITIES MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the advantages of having a maintenance
program. Recognize and maintain various standard forms used in a maintenance
management program. Analyze benefits of a maintenance/cost control program.
Maintenance is the function of keeping buildings,
structures, grounds, and equipment in (or restoring them
to) a serviceable condition. Inspection and main-
tenance should be used to get maximum use of existing
equipment and facilities at minimum cost. Set specific
levels of maintenance for each facility. The level of
maintenance established depends on the mission of the
activity and the projected life span of the facility. By
knowing the maintenance management system, you are
able to approach the goal of maximum usage and
In the past, both industry and government ignored
maintenance management while extensively analyzing
and controlling production needs. Then labor costs
increased dramatically and indirect costs soared higher
than anyone expected. These cost increases encouraged
the birth of the maintenance management system. The
Naval Facilities Engineering Command established the
maintenance management system in the mid- 1950s to
control these spiraling maintenance costs.
OBJECTIVE AND PURPOSE
The basic goal of the maintenance management
system is to best use available resources: manpower,
equipment, materials, and money. This system
provides the framework to place decision making where
the analysis of Public Works operations occur. Each
Public Works functional area has information that
affects the maintenance requirements. For example, the
shop feels that connecting a certain deficiency, such as
replacing a roof, is necessary. However, because of
funding limitations, only a temporary repair is
authorized to correct a more serious deficiency
An effective management system assures
achievement of the following goals:
Use of activities resources in the most efficient
Performance of maintenance based on a
schedule instead of breakdown.
Provide direct control over the maintenance
work force performance.
Performance of the proper level of main-
Take corrective action before major repairs are
Reduce administrative details that interfere
with the direct supervision of the work force.
Correlate the work center capacity with its
Obtain optimum shop force alignment by trade
Provide information that shows trouble areas
needing corrective action.
Provide basis for comparing the cost estimates
with the actual cost of maintenance.
SPAN OF CONTROL
Reducing maintenance control procedures to a
simple manual of operations that meets every condition
is not possible.
Nor can you replace the need for
individual judgment and discretion. Placing too much
emphasis upon having written procedures for achieving
conformity, uniformity, or standardization causes a
person to lose sight of the main goal. Increasing the
productivity of the maintenance work force is a