The Aging Workforce and Transfer of Knowledge
At this year’s ASA/AFRA Conference, Mr. Boyd Parsons, GM Excellence of Air Canada Maintenance shared some tips on how ACM has addressed the labor shortage in the industry and efforts to attract and engage millennials. Employee training is held to improve skills and satisfy regulatory and ISO/AS/ASA standards’ transfer of knowledge requirements. Organizations must take into account their aging workforce’s “tribal knowledge” and technological advances to effectively tailor their training programs. Companies could boost their training programs with increased industry awareness to high school students, college coop programs, apprenticeships, and internships in addition to on-the-job training knowledge transfer. A community of experience and evidence-based information sharing should prove to be effective to integrate a multi-generational workforce with advanced technology and traditional learning techniques.
Photo credits: Mr. Boyd Parsons, GM Excellence, Air Canada Maintenance
We are just a few days away from the 2018 Aviation Suppliers Assn. (ASA)/Aircraft Fleet Recycling Assn. (AFRA) Conference which begins Sunday, June 24th and ends Tuesday, June 26th. This conference is one of the largest for the aviation distributor industry and draws aviation professionals worldwide with a range of business development and management, quality assurance, legal/regulatory and general industry topics. We always look forward to attending this conference where we have the opportunity to interact with aviation professionals from around the world.
This year’s conference will be held at OMNI Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and feature keynote speakers Robert Taylor, SVP Technical – Apollo Aviation, Jim Lundeen, Head of Supplier Support – Airbus Americas, and Adam Pilarski Ph.D., SVP – AVITAS. In addition to these keynote speakers, SimpleQuE President, Jim Lee, will be presenting three workshops, two for third party auditors (on Saturday prior to the conference). Topics include:
- June 23 – Auditor Training:
Third party aerospace and ISO auditors will learn how to understand and audit operational risks (clause 8.1.1) in the aerospace standards (AS9100D and AS9110C) versus risk management (clause 6.1) in the ISO 9001 and AS9120B standards.
- June 23 – Auditor Training:
This training teaches third party aerospace and ISO auditors how to audit quality objectives, which pulls in context, policy and strategic direction.
- June 25 – Strategic Direction, Quality Policy and Quality Objectives: A Three-Course Meal of Quality Planning:
This workshop covers the interrelationship between a company’s context, strategic direction, quality policy and quality objectives. It applies to companies trying to get certified to ISO or AS, or are trying to make their quality systems more practical.
Look for highlights from the conference next week on our social media platforms and in the coming weeks we’ll have our conference recap here on the blog where we will be sharing Jim Lee’s workshop presentations which will be available for download. Stay tuned!
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Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) promotes safety, regulatory compliance and ethical business practices among aviation parts suppliers throughout the aviation community. Jim Lee is a presenter and attending the ASA Annual Conference and shares news about important changes to the standard.
The ASA-100 standard is going through a revision that will require all accredited companies to add to their quality manuals. The standard and checklist will be released October 1, 2017 and all audits afterJanuary 1, 2018 must be completed to the new 4.1 version.
- One of the changes requires that quality manuals or specific procedures contain requirements for drop shipments direct from a supplier to a customer, bypassing the distributor who sold the part.
- Another change follows ISO and requires that suspect and non-conforming material be addressed in a procedure. Material is to be segregated. If non-conforming material is shipped, the customer must be notified timely.
- All changes to the quality manual must be submitted to ASA by 1/1/2018.
Over 300 companies have received accreditation to the ASA-100 Quality System Standard and FAA Advisory Circular 00-56 since 1996.
Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) is a not-for-profit association that represents over 600 worldwide member companies that lead critical logistics programs, purchasing efforts, and distribution of aircraft parts globally.
The 2017 ASA Annual Conference takes place July 9-11 in Reston, VA; and is one of the largest for the aviation distributor industry. The event draws aviation professionals worldwide with a range of business development and management, quality assurance, legal/regulatory and general industry topics. The itinerary includes general sessions, workshops, exhibitors, and networking events. SimpleQuE founder Jim Lee presented at the conference on Monday, July 10 about risk management requirements for distributors that are ISO and/or AS certified.
“This is our second year to present on 3 different topics.” said Lee. “We appreciate this opportunity to network with our clients and aircraft parts distributors. Last year we had three simpleQuE attendees at the conference, and this year two. By attending these conferences, we get a lot of information and value that we share with our consulting clients and other staff members.”
Aviation Suppliers Association promotes safety, regulatory compliance and ethical business practices among aviation parts suppliers throughout the aviation community. Over 300 companies have received accreditation to the ASA-100 Quality System Standard and FAA Advisory Circular 00-56 since 1996. ASA Certification Body also certifies companies to ISO 9001, AS9120, AS9100, and AS9110.