International Conference on Human Interface and the Management of Information, HIMI 2023, held as part of the 25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark, 23 - 28 July 2023, vol.14016 LNCS, pp.432-443
The aerospace sector is one of the top safety-critical industries which require well-regulated processes and highly-educated staff. Therefore, human factor studies have a key role in the aerospace industry to have safe, efficient, and effective aircraft. The purpose of this study is to investigate the human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) awareness of professionals in a sector-leading Turkish aerospace company. A detailed questionnaire was applied with 1814 employees with various job positions and different experience levels. The findings of the study have revealed that there is a significant difference in HF/E awareness among professionals who took HF/E training before and those who did not take any HF/E-related training. No significant difference was found in HF/E awareness of participants by their professional roles and job experience. Besides, participants of the study evaluated themselves as moderately knowledgeable about HF/E and they perceived HF/E studies mostly with safety and quality aspects. It is reported that participants think that all of the stakeholders should have a certain level of responsibility in HF/E studies in an aviation project. The results of the current study are expected to provide inferences and insight about increasing HF/E awareness of professional personnel in the aerospace industry.