If you are like many Maintenance Planners that I have the opportunity to interface with, most aren't doing much using the job plan concept. The intent of the job plan is to better enable the craftspeople to execute their job with the materials, tools, and information in hand. Ideally, you really want a template to facilitate the development of these job plans. Recently, I did a webinar for Emaint which is a CMMS vendor on creating job plans. You can view it here. What should some of the headers be for a job plan template?
Do you believe that a Maintenance Technician should perform job planning for some of their work or is that solely the role of the Maintenance Planner? If you find for the Technician, should a Work Order be written by the Maintenance Planner to account for the Technician’s time?
This is a question that came up in a recent 4 part Maintenance and Reliability for Managers course I was facilitating just last week. A primary goal of Maintenance Planning and Scheduling is to drive the efficiency of the crafts by preparing job plans that contain the crafts required, estimated hours, materials, tasks and sequence, and so on. If the crafts are preparing their own plans, then why do we need the Planner you might ask?
I think that there is middle ground in this discussion. Yes, we want the Planner developing job plans and other Maintenance Planning functions. I’ll add that we want the Maintenance Planner focused on the future (next week and beyond). However, the Maintenance Planner can’t be everything to everyone and aren’t experts in all the jobs they may be asked to plan.