Are you wondering if you have the skills needed to be a strong aircraft maintenance manager? Or are you hiring for an aircraft maintenance manager and wondering what skills to look for in a candidate? Below we have briefly laid out four major skills needed to perform successfully as an aircraft maintenance manager.
PROPER MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE
One skill that is absolutely necessary when working as an aircraft maintenance manager is proper people management. A good manager will be able to delegate each department with routine tasks and keep each department efficiently organized. Part of proper people management is also ensuring that all workers have assigned shifts and that people are only working as much as they can with their physical abilities. For the safety of both the workers and equipment, a good manager should be able to avoid having tired or angry workers performing maintenance on an aircraft. The biggest key component to properly managing people is to ensure they are being taken care of.
PROPER MANAGEMENT OF COMPONENTS
Another skill needed to be a successful aircraft maintenance manager is proper component management. With the job title comes the responsibility of handling the supply and availability of all parts, components and raw materials needed. If we lived in a perfect world, an aircraft maintenance company would always have the part or component needed to get the job done, however, we all know this isn’t realistic. For this reason, it is the responsibility of the maintenance manager to search and purchase parts needed. Due to the high demand and limited supply of aircraft parts and components, thorough research, negotiation and time management skills are needed to get the job done. Ordering parts in the aviation industry isn’t as easy as shopping for socks on Amazon. A maintenance manager needs to ensure that all parts ordered arrive on time, are within a certain price range and are properly certified.
PROPER MANAGEMENT OF EQUIPMENT
Part of being an aircraft maintenance manager also includes proper management of all equipment and tools. All equipment and tools used in an aircraft maintenance company need to be properly stored, easily traceable and continually calibrated. Keeping track of all these moving parts can be difficult, there it is extremely important for a maintenance manager to be organized and methodical.
PROPER MANAGEMENT OF LEGAL ASPECTS
Within the aviation and aerospace industry are a lot of rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure overall safety and compliance. It is the job of the aircraft maintenance manager to be aware and knowledgeable of all laws. Laws vary from country to country, therefore, a manager must be able to retain information on laws from each.