Maintenance Management

airplane mechanics

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The Aviation Technology - Maintenance Management major prepares students for entry-level positions in management and maintenance programs within the airline industry, corporate aviation, and general aviation. Students acquire skills in flight principles, aircraft structures, aircraft maintenance, and aircraft systems through hands-on experience while working closely with professional instructors.

Students complete all of the courses required for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) licenses, so when they graduate they have a bachelor's degree as well as meeting the FAA requirements to test for the A&P licenses, which qualifies them to work on certain aircraft and engines. Students take classes in advanced turbine engines, aviation law, and composite structures. Computer literacy, management, and communications courses are incorporated into the program to provide essential business skills, and students also take courses in physics, mathematics, and electronics to further enhance their technical knowledge.


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a degree in Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management?

The Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management (ATMM) program at Utah State University follows Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 147 Curriculum, and prepares students to test for Airframe and Powerplant Certificates. They are then prepared to work as Aviation Maintenance Technicians. Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on airplanes and helicopters. They also inspect airplanes and helicopters as required by the FAA.

What is the employment outlook?

Graduates of the ATMM program at Utah State University are finding success all over the aviation industry. To name a few, we have ATMM graduates employed at the following:
  • Cessna, Wichita, KS
  • Erickson Air Crane, Central Point, OR
  • Western Aircraft, Boise, ID
  • Boeing, Everett, WA
  • Teton Aviation, Driggs, ID
  • Huntsman Aviation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Lone Mountain Aviation, Las Vegas, NV
  • USU Flight Training, Logan, UT
  • FAA Air Traffic Control, Salk Lake City, UT & Reno, NV
  • Bell Boeing, Mesa AZ

Although a degree is not required to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, job prospects will be best for mechanics who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate and a bachelor’s degree in aircraft maintenance.

What is the salary of a graduate?

Like everything in aviation, the answer here is “it depends.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that in May 2010, the median annual wage of aircraft mechanics and service technicians was $53,420, and the median annual wage of avionics technicians was $52,320.

How will I be prepared to enter the industry when I graduate?

Because the ATMM program at USU follows the 147 curriculum set forth by the FAA, our students meet the curriculum requirements and have a firm understanding of the operating rules to be certified as an Aviation Maintenance Technician. The course work and lab time that is built into the degree program prepares students to be knowledgeable professionals in the field.

What classes will I take?

Students acquire skills in flight principles, aircraft structures, aircraft maintenance, and aircraft systems through hands-on experience while working closely with professional instructors. To view the list of required classes for an Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management major, see the general catalog.

Where does the Management come in?

Students in the ATMM major have the option of getting a management minor with no additional courses. Learn about the management minor at the general catalog. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor regularly to stay up to date on major/minor requirements.

Are there scholarships available to students?

There are many scholarships offered through the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. This year, the College of Agriculture awarded $440,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students. College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences undergraduate students may apply for college and departmental scholarships during the month of January through an online application system called STARS. You will find instructions for the online applications at the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences website.

New freshmen and transfer students may apply for scholarships through the Utah State University
Admissions Office.

What student organizations are available to students?

SAMP Club (Society of Aviation Maintenance Professionals)

The Society of Aviation Maintenance Professionals at Utah State is an organization for aviation mechanics, pilots and students. The goal is to improve professionalism in the people and the industry. It also provides opportunities for growth, advancement and education. Club members receive contact with industry professionals, fundraisers and social and academic activities. They also receive help seeking out internships, scholarships and employment opportunities.

USU Pilot Club

The pilot club at Utah State University provides students who have an interest in aviation with an environment to interact with fellow aviation enthusiasts. Activities range from social gatherings to professional development trips. For more information, contact Larry Hemingway.

What are the internship requirements?

While internships are not required to graduate with a degree in Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management, internships are highly recommended; as they will help you form the necessary skills for the work field and make connections with potential employers. Although the advising center helps students be aware of internship opportunities, students are encouraged to seek out their own internships. This helps students prepare for

Do I need to buy tools?

Yes. Students must provide their own tools for several classes. Students usually begin the classes that require their own tools their sophomore or junior year.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management program at Utah State University, contact Kaylee Roholt.