Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance (HFMX)

Course Description

HFMX is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of human factors in the realm of aviation safety with a focus on the role of the maintainer. It presents human factors issues as conditions/ hazards that must be managed. Specific issues such as fatigue management, deviations for approved procedure, situation awareness and the Dirty Dozen are presented. Data collection methodologies such as MEDA and LOSA are examined as viable methods of safety information and as hazard identification tools in an organization’s SMS. This course satisfies the Human Factors Course requirement for the USC Safety & Security Certificate.

Objectives: To create a comprehensive understanding of the factors affecting an individual’s performance in aviation maintenance. To understand how the management of human factors play a central role in an organization’s safety program.

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for supervisors, managers and staff officers who have responsibility for the oversight of aviation maintenance. See the Course Outline below for specific subjects and topics covered.

HFMX 24-2
HFMX 25-1
HFMX 25-2
HFMX 26-1
22-26 Apr 2024
11-15 Nov 2024
28 Apr-2 May 2025
10-14 Nov 2025

Course Outline

  1. History of Human Factors
  2.  ICAO / EASA / FAA Human Factors Requirements
  3.  Error Theory
  4. Individual HF Performance Issues
    • Dirty Dozen
  5. HF and Risk Management
    • Situational Awareness
    • Hazard Recognition
    • Risk Assessment Development
    • Risk Management (Matrix development)
  6. HF specific industry problem areas
    • Human Factors Justification / Cost Benefits
    • Fatigue Management
    • Turnover Briefings
    • Failure to follow procedures / Deviations from proper maintenance
  7. Communication
  8. SMS overview
  9. Pillars of SMS Program
  10.  Safety Policy Development
    • Risk Management
    • Safety Assurance / Monitoring / Data
    • Safety Promotion / Culture
  11. Importance of Data Collection
    • Recognition of hazards for data collection
    • Methods – LOSA(M)(R)
    • MEDA brief
    • Importance for future design implementations
  12. HF and Leadership
  13. How leadership affects individual performance
    • Communication traits
    • Communication Conflicts
    • Stress, Pressure, and Teamwork traits
    • Individualism versus organization performance
    • Leadership Styles & Conflicts
    • Decision Making Traits
    • Leadership and Safety Culture
    • Case Study

CEU: 3.2

Course Duration: 4.5 Days

Tuition: $2,950 (July 2023 - June 2024); $3,100 (July 2024 - June 2025); $TBD (July 2025 - June 2026)

Published on May 30th, 2017

Last updated on March 12th, 2024