The Pitman fixed shift schedule uses 4 teams (crews) and 2 twelve-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. It consists of a 2-week cycle where each team works 2 consecutive shifts, followed by 2 days off duty, works 3 consecutive shifts, followed by 2 days off duty, works 2 consecutive shifts, followed by 3 days off duty. Two teams are assigned day shifts while the other two are assigned night shifts. On any given day, one team is on the day shift, one team is on the night shift, and two teams are off duty. Personnel are assigned to either day or night shifts for the 2-week cycle and work an average 42 hours per week.
Pitman shift schedule example:
Team 1: DDOODDD-OODDOOO
Team 2: NNOONNN-OONNOOO
Team 3: OODDOOO-NNOONNN
Team 4: OONNOOO-DDOODDD
Where D=Day shift, N=Night shift, and O=Off duty
|Name||Pitman Shift Schedule|
|Repeat Cycle||14 days|
|Rotation||Fixed plan, no rotation|
|Average Hours per Week||42|
|Staffing Fluctuation||Balanced from shift to shift and day to day|
|Common Usage||Very popular with police departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, EMS call centers and dispatchers in the United States|
Refer to the 2-2/3-2/2-3 shift schedule for a variation of the Pitman shift schedule with rotating shifts.