Today it is becoming increasingly difficult to describe maintenance roles because an enormous number of once stable factors affecting the maintenance person and process are changing. Technology changes like software based aircraft, air/ground/satellite/airport system integration, highly complexity systems, and other technology issues are not currently part of a maintenance person’s normal skill set but are already part of aircraft maintenance needs. Many of the change issues that are considered to be “TECHNOLOGY” initiated but usually are caused by changing financial and/or social requirements that has occurred. This is a circular result in that when technology changes occur it further drives financial and social changes. I feel that because this cycle has been going on for so long that people have accepted the spiral and failed to keep track of the state of the industry. All the changing factors must be identified and dealt with as a basis for redefining the role of “Aircraft Maintenance Person”.
Gallway, G. R.
(2009). The Technological, Financial, and Social Realities That Are Defining the Aircraft Mechanic of Tomorrow. 2009 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 26-31.