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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aerospace, Maintenance Management Concentration, B.S.

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Joe Hawkins, program coordinator

The Maintenance Management concentration offers instruction for students who are interested in careers as skilled technicians or managers in aircraft manufacturing, aircraft repair, and engine overhaul. The fundamental skills needed in aerospace vehicle repair and maintenance are stressed together with management skills for such careers. MTSU is an approved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAR Part 147 maintenance technician school for airframe and powerplant mechanics. In addition to the requirements listed below, the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification is required prior to graduation. Please see detailed maintenance training requirements following academic requirements (below).

NOTE: All major courses, program accreditation, and/or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) related coursework (physics, mathematics, and selected engineering technology courses) must be completed with a grade of C or better in order to graduate.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Aerospace, Maintenance Management, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 76 hours
     Aerospace Core    13 hours
     Maintenance Mgmt. Concentration    60 hours
     Capstone Course    3 hours
Supporting Courses 27 hours*
TOTAL 133-144 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If courses for this program are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the program of study may be completed in 133 hours.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (76 hours)

Capstone Course (3 hours)

Supporting Courses (27 hours)

Curriculum: Aerospace, Maintenance Management

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.


Subtotal: 36 Hours

Subtotal: 35 Hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Aircraft Maintenance Training Additional Requirements

The Aerospace Department offers maintenance training which will qualify students for the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Certificate. Students enrolled in the following courses and wanting to receive credit towards the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate through the MTSU FAR 147 program must

  1. complete a 147 program application with the program coordinator prior to registering for 147 courses;
  2. miss no more than 10 percent of the contact hours of a course;
  3. make up all class time missed;
  4. ensure that all attendance/grading for 147 courses completed outside the Aerospace Department are recorded on MTSU Form 147-1 attendance record and submitted to the program coordinator;
  5. receive at least 70 percent on all projects, final exams, and final course grades;
  6. provide their own basic hand tools within thirty days of enrollment;
  7. must retake the course if they 1) miss more than 10 percent of class time; 2) score below a 70 for the course grade; 3) score below a 70 on the final exam for a course after the approved number of retakes; 4) do not complete all practical exercises with a score of at last 70 percent.

The following courses are required for the Airframe and Powerplant Certificate qualification:

Maintenance Management Advanced Standing

Only students pursuing the Maintenance Management concentration may receive advanced standing for FAA Technician certificates held.

Students seeking advanced standing on the basis of possession of the Airframe or Powerplant (or both) Technician Certificates must produce documentation to substantiate prior training to the dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences through the chair of the Aerospace Department. In addition, each applicant will be required to pass an oral or written examination covering the course content of each course for which advanced standing is requested. Twenty-four semester hours will be the maximum credit allowed if both certificates are held.

Holders of an FAA Airframe Technician Certificate may be granted credit for the following courses:

Holders of an FAA Powerplant Technician Certificate may be granted credit for the following courses:


Holders of FAA Repairmen Certificates and former military mechanics who are not holders of an FAA Maintenance Technician Certificate may not be granted specific course credit for their experiences.

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