TRAINING PROGRAM EVOLUTION
During the early years of the 1960's, the Space & Information Systems Division (S&ID) of North American Aviation in Downey, California, (prime contractor for the Apollo Spacecraft), engaged in a massive recruiting effort.
One support task was the preparation and presentation of systems & mission training briefings for the customer (NASA) personnel during all program phases.
The plan was to provide an accelerated training program as the systems were developed, in order to meet the demands of the space race to the moon.
Instructors were selected from the most skilled and experienced personnel available on the job market. Only those personnel having a high degree of related background experience from the aerospace community were considered.
Candidate instructors were assigned subject tasks and were given "wire brush" auditions before being considered for a member of the training team.
Dry runs of a particular briefing were conducted by key personnel to ascertain that objective material was presented, and with a high degree of professionalism.
After meeting these criteria, briefings were scheduled for the customer. A course critique system was also established for the customer to provide feedback on both the material and presentation.
Our target student population included the astronauts, flight simulation and control personnel at Houston and launch operations personnel in Florida. Other familiarization briefings were presented for administrative ,clerical and support staff of the NASA Contractor and sub-contractor orginazations.
Our Instructors prepared Handout and training material, along with Programmened Instruction Text books for the Flight Control Division of the NASA
Video Tape Recordings of each system and acceptance checkout equipment were made in the TV studios at Downey, CA. and Houston, TX (JSC ).
Our Team worked with the Russian Cosmonauts in preparation for the Apollo Soyuz Test program (ASTP )