Regular maintenance extends the time aircraft, vehicles, and machinery can be used. To make sure military equipment is well maintained, the services prepare detailed maintenance schedules. Preventive maintenance analysts promote equipment maintenance. They watch schedules and notify mechanics about upcoming maintenance needs.
What They Do
Preventive maintenance analysts in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Review maintenance schedules and notify mechanics about the types of service needed
- Compare schedules to records of maintenance work actually performed
- Prepare charts and reports on maintenance activities
- Calculate how many mechanics and spare parts are needed to maintain equipment
- Operate computers and calculators to enter or retrieve maintenance data
- Perform technical, managerial, and support duties required by maintenance program
- Organize, maintain, and operate technical libraries
Helpful school subjects include general mathematics and algebra. Helpful attributes include:
- Ability to use mathematical formulas
- Interest in working with computers
- Interest in working with numbers and statistics
- Preference for work requiring attention to detail
- Interest in mechanical operation
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:
- Equipment maintenance management concepts
- Accounting procedures
- Statistical reporting methods
- Parts and supply inventory control procedures
Preventive maintenance analysts usually work in office settings.
Civilian preventive maintenance analysts work for government agencies, airlines, and large transportation firms. They also work for firms with large numbers of machines. They perform duties similar to military preventive maintenance analysts.