ERIC Number: ED109452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Design Trade Studies on System Human Resources.
Whalen, Gary V.; Askren, William B.
This study focused on two objectives. The first objective was to identify and classify the characteristics of conceptual design trade studies that have high potential impact on human resource requirements of Air Force weapon systems. The approach used was a case history review and analysis of 129 F-15 aircraft design trade studies. The analysis indicated that the avionics system demonstrated the greatest potential impact on human resources. It was also found that trade studies dealing with design alternatives that encompass widely different technologies have substantial impact on human resources. The types of human resources data (HRD) most influenced by alternative design options were maintenance task times and personnel costs. The second study objective was to determine the accuracy of using subjective estimates as a technique for deriving the HRD impact of trade study options. Using only engineering information for six avionics subsystems, from the conceptual design phase, Air Force maintenance technicians made subjective estimates of the impact of the designs on selected HRD items. It was found that technicians can make accurate estimates of the amount of time, the Air Force occupational specialty, the level of technical skill, and the number of personnel needed to perform field maintenance tasks. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Advanced Systems Div.; McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. - East, St. Louis, MO.