Beginning with the value of measuring and controlling maintenance work and the impracticality of customary approaches, the stage is set for the introduction of Universal Maintenance Standards (UMS). Explanation of UMS concept follows four factors essential to success of the plan: standard work groupings, spread sheets, bench mark jobs, and development of standard times. Job preparation, travel time, and allowances are discussed. Effectiveness of UMS is shown by a chart on carpentry shop's performance change after UMS installation. Control procedures and forms are discussed.