Accession Number : ADA134337

Title :   An Application of the Job Characteristics Model to Selected Strategic Air Command Aircraft Maintenance Career Fields.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Flynn,Collin F

PDF Url : ADA134337

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 180

Abstract : This study investigates the self-reported job characteristics and work outcomes of Strategic Air Command aircraft maintenance personnel in three career fields. The objective of this research was to diagnose the tasks performed by bomb-navigation systems mechanics (321XO), aircraft maintenance specialists (431XO), and munitions systems specialists (461X0) to isolate strengths and weaknesses in work design. Hackman and Oldham's job characteristics model served as the theoretical basis for the research and the Job Diagnostic Survey was used to collect data for the diagnosis. The survey responses, provided by randomly selected enlisted personnel from each career field, were consistent with the relationships specified in the job characteristics model. Bomb-navigation systems mechanics perceived their work as more enriched than aircraft maintenance specialists and munitions systems specialists. As predicted by the model, they also reported higher job satisfaction, internal work motivation, and growth satisfaction than the other career fields. In general, task significance, task identity, and security satisfaction were noted as strengths across all three career fields. The perceived weaknesses were the level of autonomy, pay satisfaction, and supervisory satisfaction. The research indicates that work design plays a major role in fostering positive work outcomes. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Aircraft maintenance, *Maintenance personnel, *Job satisfaction, *Strategic Air Command, Job analysis, Performance(Human), Manpower utilization, Perception(Psychology), Careers, Motivation, Attitudes(Psychology), Surveys, Response, Feedback, Theses

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE