Reassembling the AAV

In the journey to repair the assault amphibious vehicle we've reached the point where it's ready to be put back together again.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Supervisor Arthur Wright says on average it takes the assault amphibious vehicle 18 days to be reassembled and that process includes nine different levels. "It's just like building a big building. Start from the ground and build it all the way up, and every level there are checks" says Wright.

The levels include everything from making sure the hutches and doors work to fine tuning the entire electrical system. The AAV starts as an empty shell on level one, but by level nine it's nearly complete. The vehicles are received at different times, so they're at different stages of assembly. Leaders say it isn't exactly an assembly line because the vehicles never move. "It saves money and time to leave the hull in one position, so we actually move the people to it" says Wright.

It takes dozens of people including artisans, electricians, mechanics, engineers, inspectors and more to make sure the AAV is good as new once the assembly process is complete. "We get to level 9, we do the function test, we power up the vehicle, check it, we also double check it cause we want to save money. If we let anything get by it can cause a delay in time of getting the equipment out to the troops so we want to check and double check" says Wright.

Managers say all of the employees understand the important role they play when assembling the AAV back to its full capacity. "We want to make sure the war fighter got something that they don't have to worry about and that's the maintenance and the reliability of the equipment so it's a very shared responsibility, a sense of pride doing this" says Wright.

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