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Pitman Shift Schedule

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:


Where D=Day shift, N=Night shift, and O=Off duty

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Plan ID C4TF12-1
Name Pitman Shift Schedule
Applicability 24/7 operations
Teams Required 4
Shifts 12-hr
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
  • No employee works more than three consecutive days
  • 3-day weekend every other weekend
  • Taking 2 vacation days on one of the 2-day work week gives 7 days off
  • Could work up to 62 hours in one week
  • Long shift length (12 hours)
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
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.

You can use Snap Schedule Employee Scheduling Software to try out this shift schedule.

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