What Training is required for EASA Part 145 Production Planners?

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the availability of supporting courses to support the role of Production Planner delivered online through our virtual aviation academy.


EASA Part 145 and its forebear JAR 145 is a mature regulatory environment with nearly 30 years of development within the European Arena. There is increasing focus being brought to bear regarding the importance of managing competence within the workplace and it is for the reason that both EASA & European Regulatory Authorities are expecting that EASA Part 145 Organisations manage the competence of employees within the 145!

About Sofema Online

Sofema Online is a virtual online training academy provided by Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com, offering a range of EASA compliant online regulatory & vocational courses

The training courses are designed to be both effective and to help you reach the correct level of understanding in the comfort of your own home or office.

The course content is followed by an online examination after which you are able to print out your certificate.

Concerning the Role of Production Planning

What are the challenges?

In the Production Planning environment, there are challenges with many of the elements which directly affect the efficiency of the Production Planning Process being outside of the control of the Production Planning Personnel.

Consider the following core elements of Production Planning. As a prerequisite Production Planning should be proportionate to the amount and complexity of the maintenance work being scheduled.

Manpower in an EASA Part 145 Organisation – The Manpower required to support the maintenance process is one of the most expensive commodities, with the aim to have sufficient manpower when required throughout the check is a major challenge.

A percentage of the work and parts replacement required during heavy maintenance cannot be directly planned as it is triggered by inspection findings. This results in additional manpower requirements which need to be accommodated and if possible allowed for in advance.

Building Competence in the EASA Part 145 Workplace – Having Sufficient persons is only part of the story, the people we have must be effective and cable of delivering the work we require in an acceptable time frame. Therefore, the Management and control of Competence become a key feature in the delivery of an effective organisation.

Facilities – The available facilities need to meet all objectives in the best way and part of the production planning role is to match the available facilities/workload requirement and manpower.

EASA Part 145 Tooling & Equipment – Tooling needs to be available at the point of delivery of the maintenance, shortfalls and shortages should be minimised, the tooling requirement is typically known or at the very least the information related to the tooling requirement requirements are known. Waiting for tooling results in lost time. As with tooling above all equipment needs to be available to both support the correct access requirements as well as to again minimise lost time.

Technical Documentation – Must cover all the elements of the work being performed or which require support documents to perform research or evaluation – for example, standards manual.

Check Pack & Certification – The system of Certification should ensure that all tasks are clearly managed, stage signed and certified where appropriate by suitably authorised persons.

Time Constraints – We only have a limited period to perform the maintenance and therefore need to ensure that we provide the best possible service delivery.

The use of Critical Path Techniques can help us to manage the available resources in the best way.

Spare Parts & Material – The availability of all spares and materials is essential for the effectiveness of the maintenance delivery.

Production Planning Training Program

Sofema Online is pleased to announce the release the series of 3 EASA Production Planning online courses offered with a special package discount price

Production Planning Basics
Developing More Effective Production Planning Processes
Production Planning Management and Oversight

The courses are complementary to each other and taken together are available at a special discount price – please see here for details


Next Steps

For additional information please see www.sofemaonline.com or email team@sassofia.com

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