A Methodology for the Determination of Manufacturing Personnel Requirements within the Aeronautical Systems Division.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This thesis had three objectives identify basic manufacturing functions within major ASD fighter SPOs identify program variables which are primarily manpower drivers to accomplish these functions and, develop an efficient and effective methodology for predicting SPO manufacturing manpower requirements. Based on regulatory documentation, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing management, special reviews, and GFE management were identified as basic manufacturing functions. Program variables such as technical manufacturing risk, urgency of need, co-production, and contractor capability were identified as manpower drivers through interviews with senior ASD manufacturing personnel. The functions and variables provided the basis for a standard baseline curve and an algorithm to develop specific program manpower predictions. Using information available at DSARC II, requirements were compared against actual authorizations for selected SPOs. Predicted requirements peaked sooner and at a lower level than actual authorizations. However, the differences were explained by the changing emphasis on manufacturing manpower and the introduction of new requirements after DSARC II. Difficulties in the methodology after DSARC III were evident and appeared to be the result of modifications, an effect not included as a variable. Overall, the model represents a methodology for determining manpower requirements by identifying the underlying factors and interrelationships. Author
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