Materiel Maintenance Management
The Materiel Maintenance Management career field offers challenging opportunities to support our soldiers by assuring their systems and equipment are state-of-the-art and that Army requirements are met in the procurement, production and deployment of all materiel provided to the soldier. Wherever our soldiers are, their equipment and systems are there also - and they must be combat ready at all times.
Maintenance managers work closely with contractors in the design and production of systems. They support project managers as they verify that the design meets specifications, assure all components are compatible, and assure systems are reliable and maintainable. They support the soldier by providing new equipment training and technical assistance to resolve operational and functional problems as they may occur in the field. Some maintenance managers work at depots managing the repair and overhaul of parts, components and major systems. Maintenance managers also work on Army installations providing maintenance instruction and assistance to technical personnel in the repair and replacement of equipment.
The types of equipment and systems maintenance personnel handle include major systems such as tanks, artillery, missiles and vehicles, and communications and intelligence gathering and processing systems such as field desks, batteries, and gasoline cans. Everything the soldier touches should be the concern of the maintenance manager. Furthermore, they must pose questions such as "Does the equipment or system meet our requirements?"; "Can we support it?"; "When should we overhaul or replace it?"; "Where should we repair it?"; "Can the soldier use it with ease, is it user friendly?"
Following are a few of the many tasks you will be required to perform as a materiel maintenance manager: Solving problems identified during the design, production, and initial deployment of equipment.
Planning, estimating, and expediting use of manpower, machines, and materials in the repair and fabrication of equipment and supplies. Performing cost accounting and statistical control activities associated with production operations in Army depots.
Interacting with system managers, procurement specialists, and contractors on schedules, performance, and deficiencies. Determining capability and capacity of facilities, equipment, machinery, tools, and materials.
Verifying technical manuals and instructions are adequate and complete. Providing technical assistance and new equipment training to soldiers. This training program is intensive and thorough. You will learn about supply and transportation which are two other basic elements in the logistics arena. Classroom instruction is at U.S. Army Logistics Management College, Fort Lee, Virginia.
The intern training program lasts a total of 18 months and consists of three phases. The first phase is classroom training held at the Army Logistics University, Bunker Hall (ALU) in Fort Lee, Virginia. Upon being hired into a position, interns will be required to move to the Fort Lee area to complete this initial classroom training (this initial move will be at your own expense). Check the Classroom Training page for details on the classes that are given during this stage.
The second phase is on-the-job training (OJT) at an assigned training site. These training sites are located throughout the United States and are assigned based primarily on where the need is greatest. All expenses involving your move to and from the OJT site will be paid by the government.
The third phase is completing Basic Officer's Leadership Course (BOLC) at Fort Lee, Virginia. This fourteen (14) week course will provide the student with leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in an ordnance platoon. The student will be trained alongside commissioned officers of the Army. While enrolled in the course, students will be required to train on Saturdays and Sundays along with occasional overtime during the week. Students will be required to complete a mandatory Field Training Exercise (FTX).
Upon completion of the intern training program, interns become full time federal employees of the Permanent Duty Location (PDL) they were assigned to. Your PDL will be determined and based on Army requirements. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) funding, at the government's expense, will be used to move yourself, dependants, and household goods to your PDL.
Please be aware that you will have to sign a mobility agreement and undergo a background check to secure a DOD security clearance if you are selected for a position. Individuals that have a history of excessive drug use, previous criminal convictions, have engaged in any sort of fraud or other forms of illegal activity may not be able to pass the background investigation.