AUTO REPAIR SERVICE DESIGN AND LAYOUT
In 1989, I designed a major expansion to the Auto Repair shop. The Board, due to lack of funds, did not approve this. Instead the joint venture with SNESCMA was attempted in which my role was to work with the SNECMA facilities engineer in designing the new plant. SNECMA had just built their new St Quentin plant and I learnt a great deal from this exercise. We had designed what would have been a first class shop, benefiting from SNECMA’s lessons learnt, before the JV was cancelled.
About 1994, lack of space was a major obstacle in the auto repair shop, so I rented an offsite satellite shop of 12,000 sq.ft. and set up a CF6 module shop in it.
In 1995, I dusted off the 1989 expansion plan and, with corporate blessing, I sold inventory and signed a deal with a parts house to raise capital for it. When the money came in, the corporation decided their need for it was greater.
Working with a small-outdated plant made my colleagues and me very much aware of what is needed for an efficient engine overhaul shop.