TDC - Engineering Labor Category
This category is a one time entry of a constant, updated annually, exported from your existing computer systems. Your existing method of calculation need only meet the TDC recommendations below. As with all labor categories, cost should be net cost (insurance, SSC, benefits, etc.), not just base salary.
As with all the labor categories, your accounting software is a good source to export or link all the various Engineering wages to your downtime cost reporting software. Tracking this manpower cost in relation to downtime cost can be automated through I.D. tags, or typical work order reports.
Unless specifically assigned to maintenance department, engineering costs to support troubleshooting and repair of machines can slip through the cracks, while close attention goes to their primary function of projects, production overhead, etc.
Even 15 minutes consulting here, another 30 minutes calculating a replacement motor specification, adds up over a year's time. The behind the scenes activities are even more difficult to track, when they aren't actually out on the machine, but on the phone. This is why a cost center management program must be strictly enforced.
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