What is Project Lifecycle Management

Published: 18 Oct 2016

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Product lifecycle management, or PLM, consists of many differing concepts and takes into consideration the effective management and collection of information related to the processes and data necessary to design, produce, validate, support, maintain and the disposal of engineering products, (in this context.)

PLM is often used as something of an ‘umbrella’ term as it includes engineering CAD and a process, designed to streamline both collaboration and communication between stakeholders, engineers, designers, manufacturers, quality control as well as other key disciplines.

Necessary disciplines for moving into Lifecycle Management

Being in ‘PLM’ means that you would help to track information which is related to the safety and control of engineering components, especially in the aerospace industries. A working knowledge of configuration management (CM), electronic data management systems (EDMS), and product data management (PDM) would be useful.

For you to create a robust PLM framework, which would improve the development and management of Engineering Bill of Materials (EBOM), Manufacturing Bill of Materials (MBOM), you would need good management skills; the ability to source; create effective document storage, be able to collaborate well and create a good workflow – these are all areas which are essential to product development.

PLM covers a product's lifecycle, and also integrates cross-discipline product development, as well as manufacturing and field service, and so it’s necessary to enable good collaboration as well as flexible processes across the enterprise. The ability to communicate well is essential as you would be speaking with suppliers, customers, service/maintenance as well as other interested stakeholders.

What kind of jobs can I move into?

There are a variety of interesting positions available within the umbrella of PLM, including such positions as:

Helicopter Records / Lease Consultant - this role would require the following skills:


  • You must have experience in a Helicopter Lease Transition environment
  • A great understanding of Helicopter Lease Commercial, Technical and Contractual Requirements
  • Enhanced communication and negotiation skills
  • Be experienced in Helicopter Maintenance Environments
  • Ability to travel within a reasonable distance, or to stay overnight
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office


Planning Engineer - This role would require that you can understand and properly implement processes and procedures.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Management of maintenance plans in the long-term, making any necessary changes required in order to support both the operator and the company's objectives
  • Negotiation Heavy Maintenance plans
  • Preparing comprehensive budgets and cost control programmes
  • Both developing and composing processes and procedures for the improvement of aircraft maintenance planning processes and strategies
  • Management of Task Cards, ensuring the database satisfies the customer’s list of work and their airworthiness requirements
  • Development of the Maintenance Program
  • Ensuring aircraft maintenance is always carried out in absolute accordance with the Aircraft Maintenance Programme and that maintenance requirements are properly performed, to ensure airworthiness of aircraft
  • Make sure that maintenance records are properly retained and preserved, (these are regulatory requirements)
  • Create line and maintenance work packages, ensuring that parts and materials are properly scheduled
  • The reconciliation of maintenance plans to accommodate operational events
  • Monitoring the deferred Minimum Equipment List (MEL) and Configuration Deviation List (CDL) as well as unscheduled maintenance items, ensuring that all maintenance actions are both properly planned as well as correctly performed
  • The ability to validate configuration control activities, involving data recording, storage and retention, ensuring complete compliance with all requirements
  • The carrying out of any other assignments as required by management


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