Who’s Responsible for Maintenance Planning?
By Tim Kister, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering
I have been associated with maintenance planning and scheduling for nearly 30 of my 40 years working in maintenance. Over that time I have often been asked “who is responsible” for compiling and organizing all the activities that occur in the process of maintaining assets. Is it all part of the planner/scheduler’s job? What about the supervisors and maintenance technicians? With those questions in mind, I hope to provide some answers.
When I looked up the definition of the word “planning” and its root word “plan” I found this definition: “a detailed formulation of a program of action, to arrange the parts of, to devise or project the realization or achievement”. This describes exactly what planners do. There are two distinct parts to the planning I’m talking about: production or manufacturing planning and maintenance planning.
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