If you have a military installation that relies on maintenance, you’ve probably been told you should always have the service keep a full set of tools.
But that’s not always true.
A recent report by Air Force contractor and maintenance firm ATS Global has found that a number of service facilities rely on excess inventory.
The report found that the Air Force has a backlog of 2,700 tools that are no longer needed.
“While the Air National Guard has not experienced a major shortage of its airmen’s tools, it is the Air Mobility Command that has been most impacted by this situation,” said ATS Group CEO Chris Coyle.
For those of you that have had to make the switch, here are some things you need to know about your tooling needs.
Do not buy new tools unless you know what you’re doing, or you will be making mistakes.
If you buy a new tool, you’ll end up with more stuff that isn’t needed.
This can lead to more headaches later down the line, as the tools that were once in good use will have to be replaced with new ones.
Be prepared to take on a new contractor.
When hiring a contractor, the Airman’s Maintenance Council (AMMC) recommends that you have your own professional to handle your maintenance needs.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you may be reluctant to hire a contractor because they may not have the experience or knowledge that you do. 3.
You should never rely on someone else to perform maintenance.
As a contractor and subcontractor, you should be able to work with someone who has the experience, and is comfortable with the equipment that you’re working with.
However, you do not want to use a contractor that doesn’t understand the equipment they’re dealing with.
It’s important that you always have an experienced contractor in your life.
Don’t expect your tool inventory to magically improve with time.
With your current tools, you’re likely not going to have to replace all of them unless you decide to. 5.
Make sure you have enough time to make changes.
Before you take on the new contractor, make sure you know exactly what the new maintenance will look like and what the end-of-life dates will be.
Additionally, ensure that you know how long your equipment will last and how much time is left in it. 6.
Take a good inventory of your toolbox.
Your toolbox should have a set of maintenance tools in it that you can use and a set that is only used by the contractor or subcontractor.
In addition, you need a way to track the status of each of your tools.
This way you can be sure that if you need an upgrade, you can find out.
Know the tools you will need.
Depending on the work that you are doing, you might be using multiple tools at once.
This will make it hard to figure out what each tool is actually needed for.
To make this process easier, ATS is offering a free tool checklist that you will receive in the mail when you sign up. 8.
Set up an appointment with a professional.
Once you are hired, it’s important to establish a time and a place to meet with your contractor or contractor’s representative.
These meetings should include a discussion about the tools, the maintenance needs of your facility, and any other pertinent information that will help you get the job done.
Never use a new maintenance tool on the same set as an old one.
There are times that you may want to replace a tool that you’ve had for years on the next set.
This is a bad idea.
Always keep your tools on hand.
Keeping your tools ready for when you need them is critical.
That said, you also want to keep them in your tool kit, because it can be a big asset in the long run.
Work together with your employer.
It is important to ensure that your contractor and/or subcontractor has the right tools to perform their maintenance.
If you need the tools to be available when you’re at work, you have to work together with them to make sure that they have what they need.