When the Technical Trade Restructure (TTR) was first conceived in the late 1980s, it was merely another step in the evolution of the Royal Australian Air Force's aircraft technical workforce. But, by the time TTR was actually implemented in 1992 it had grown into a revolution encompassing virtually every aspect of technical life, from recruiting to training to employment. The sphere of influence of the TTR eventually became enormous, affecting virtually every structural aspect of every technical and non-technical trade. To identify all the issues and ramifications of this restructure would require a great deal more research than was possible for this paper. There should be a good deal more research conducted in this topic as there are many questions left unanswered, and much to be learned and recorded.
The views expressed in this book do not necessarily reflect the opinions of every member of the RAAF's aircraft technical workforce. They are the perspective of one airman. As with most issues, the views held by individuals who cooperated with this project :ranged from complete agreement to total disagreement. The findings represented here are, however, based on the general attitude of the technical workforce, determined through research, in surveys, by correspondence, and observed by the author during his years of employment in the workforce both pre- and post-TTR.