In addition to those duties just listed for the test team, there are other administrative duties that usually accompany the implementation of a maintainability test plan. For instance, the designated test team should have a test director who has the authority to decide in all cases of deadlock between the members of the team. This person is usually designated by the procuring activity. Other such requirements or "rules of conduct" are provided below.
Instrumentation Failures: Any failures of test instrumentation used to instrument the demonstration item for test purposes or failures induced by such test instrumentation installation or operation, and all associated maintenance are not chargeable maintenance tasks.
Maintenance Due To Secondary Failures: If any secondary failures result from a chargeable primary failure, the total resultant maintenance time to restore the items are chargeable as a single maintenance task, except when the secondary failure results from the method used to simulate a fault rather than from the fault itself. If the reason for the secondary failure is removed (corrected), the time charged for the secondary failure can be deleted.
Inadequate Technical Manuals Or Support Equipment: If, in the accomplishment of a maintenance task, a technician finds the applicable technical manuals or support equipment to be inadequate, these instances should be brought to the attention of the test team and, if the inadequacy is verified, this portion of the demonstration can be terminated. In these instances, times measured are not chargeable. Action then must be taken to correct the inadequacies of the technical manuals or support equipment, after which the same maintenance task is repeated.
Cautions: If an item is damaged or maintenance errors induced by item design complexity, by poor design practice, or by following improper procedures that allow improper maintenance (e.g., interchangeability of connectors) without proper caution in the technical manuals, the failure and resultant maintenance times are chargeable. In these cases, action is then taken to correct the improper procedures or deficiencies and the corrective action verified. When this action is completed, the maintenance time saved can then be deleted.
Personnel Number and Skill: Each task should be performed by the prescribed number of personnel with the prescribed skills. If personnel are required on an intermittent or sequenced basis, the labor hours assessed against the maintenance task will include the required standby time only if the standby time is of a type or duration which prevents standby personnel from performing other productive tasks.
Cannibalization: The maintenance associated with the removal or reinstallation of the item or support equipment assemblies and/or components for cannibalization purposes are not chargeable unless the deficiency can be directly related to lack of recommendations for proper level of support spares or expendables. If the system developer takes action to correct the deficiency, the time charged can be deleted.