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Aviation Technology - Maintenance Management - BS

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College of Agriculture

School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education

Effective for students beginning degree Summer Sem. 2011 thru Spring Sem. 2012

Admission Requirements For This Major

1. New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.

2. Transfer students from other institutions need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing.

3. Students transferring from other USU majors need a total GPA of 2.4 in major courses for admission to this major in good standing. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained.

The Program

During the freshman and sophomore years, students in the Aviation Technology—Maintenance Management major will complete most of the courses required for theFAAAirframe and Powerplant (A&P) licenses. Students will also take advanced turbine engines, aviation law, and composites structures. Management and communications courses are incorporated into the program to provide essential business skills. Industry internships are available and encouraged in the junior and senior years. This major prepares students for entry-level positions in management and maintenance programs within the airline industry, corporate aviation, and general aviation. The FAA-approved airframe and powerplant (A&P) curricula form the basis for this degree, and most positions will require the A&P licenses. Employment opportunities include positions with major airlines as maintenance personnel, maintenance supervisors, fixed-base operators, maintenance directors, repair station managers, FAA inspectors, aircraft/powerplant, and component manufacturers, as well as aerospace manufacturers. These industries are expanding at a rapid rate with excellent employment opportunities. This is forecasted to continue well into the twenty-first century.


Students attendingUSUfor the first time are admitted on the basis of an index score, which is a reflection of high school grades and ACT or SAT scores. USU will accept students from other institutions provided they have a good academic standing. Students wishing to enter the Aviation Technology—Maintenance Management major must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in order to be admitted into the College of Engineering. To qualify for enrollment in Huntsman School of Business courses listed in the major, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 or higher. Transfer credit from accredited U.S. institutions is automatically posted. Posting of credit from U.S. institutions does not imply acceptance as credits toward a degree.

A transfer student and a college academic advisor initiate a petition for acceptance of transfer credits to meet degree requirements (department head and dean must approve). If transfer credit is not from a Utah school, it is the student's responsibility to provide a catalog or copies of catalog materials (usually available online) to show the content of courses taken. D grades are not accepted as transfer credit, except from Utah schools where USU is required to do so for general education coursework. The repeat policy applies to transfer courses as well as courses taken at USU. Transfer credit from foreign and nonaccredited institutions may be used for meeting degree requirements only if posted on the USU record of the student.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements  and the University Studies Depth Requirements  .


Career Opportunities 

Aviation Technology—Maintenance Management graduates are qualified to enter the work force in many rewarding career fields in aviation. Employment opportunities exist in target industries such as major airline carrier maintenance management, commuter airline maintenance management, fixed-base operator (FBO) maintenance, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aircraft inspection after some field experience. This major has a great deal of depth in general maintenance, which applies to most industrial maintenance operations. Although the major’s focus is aviation, the knowledge and skills gained can be used in other fields.

Graduation Requirements for Aviation Technology Major (Maintenance Management)

A student can repeat no more than six of the required courses in order to satisfy the graduation requirements. Multiple repeats of the same course are included in the total of six repeats. Audits count as a time taking a class unless prior written approval is obtained from a college academic advisor.

Although transfer credit accepted by the department and the college may be applied toward graduation requirements, the grades received will not be used in the USU GPA calculation.

For all aviation technology majors, the following academic regulations apply in addition to University regulations:

1. A minimum GPA of 2.4 must be maintained in technology/math/ science/business courses required for, or used as technical electives in, the chosen major. University Studies courses are not included in this GPA calculation.

2. No more than 6 credits of D or D+ credit may be applied toward meeting graduation requirements in technology/math/science/business classes.

3. College of Engineering courses may be repeated only once. Audits count as a time taking a class unless prior written approval is obtained from the department head. A maximum of six required or elective courses can be repeated in order to meet graduation requirements.

4. The P-D-F grading option may not be used in required or elective courses. (The P-D-F grading option is approved for University Studies courses.)

5. The academic regulations listed above (1-4) apply to required coursework and any technology/math/science/business course which could be used to satisfy graduation requirements for the chosen degree. That is, once a student completes a particular technical elective, it becomes a required course for that student.

6. Students in violation of departmental or college academic regulations, no longer eligible for graduation, or not making satisfactory progress toward a degree will have a registration hold placed on their record.

  1. a. Students will be placed on probation (registration hold) if they
           i.have more than 6 credits of D credit (see item 2 above); or
  2.       ii.have a GPA of less than 2.4 (see item 1 above)
  3. b. The hold remains until they improve their standing by repeating classes to reduce the number of D credits to 6 or less, and/or by raising their GPA above 2.4. Students must meet with their advisor to have the hold removed.

The student must meet with a college academic advisor at least once each semester to work out a schedule having the primary goal of correcting the existing academic problems.


Special Requirements

Students are required to furnish their own basic set of tools and toolbox. With special discounts available throughUSU, prices range from $900 to $1,400.Contact Randy Chesley, randy.chesley@usu.edu or (435) 797-2748, for required tool list. Additional federal aid may be available for this purchase. See advisor for details. Special tools will be furnished by the department.  

Internship Opportunities

Student internship opportunities are available from several companies and state agencies nationwide. These internships give Aviation Technology—Maintenance Management students the opportunity to work for a semester in an industrial setting, to learn what working in the profession is like. Because of this invaluable experience, most of the returning interns have job offers from these companies prior to graduation.Most of the internships are during the summer, but some internships are available during other semesters. Students are encouraged to plan ahead to participate in this program. For additional information, contact the college advisors.


A component of the undergraduate upper-division curriculum is devoted to applied technology research. Students are involved in many research projects sponsored by industry. Seniors are required to complete a research project dealing with a practical application of a problem encountered in their field. Many other departments of the University have made available sophisticated equipment that can be utilized in Aviation Technology—Maintenance Management research projects.


The suggested semester schedule for Aviation Technology— Maintenance Management is as follows:

Freshman Year (32 credits)

Sophomore Year (32 credits)

Junior Year (32 credits)

Senior Year (30 credits)

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Spring Semester (15 credits)


Students must complete a total of 40 credits of stipulated upper-division coursework.

1 Due to teaching load constraints, these courses may be offered during semesters other than those listed here. Check with the department regularly for possible changes. Most of these classes are offered only once each year.

2 These courses may be taken during summer semester to allow for more reasonable course loads during the academic year.

3 Students must take 9 credits of related technical electives which must be in upper-division courses (3000-level and above) chosen from the following list: AV 3010 , AV 4250 , AV 4300 , AV 5400 ;MGT 3250 4, MGT 3510 4, MGT 3520 4, MGT 3700 , MGT 3810 4, MGT 3820 4, MGT 4720 .

4These courses can be applied toward a Management Minor.


Requirement Changes

Graduation requirements shown on this sheet are subject to change. Students should check with their assigned advisor concerning possible changes.

For information contact

Engineering and Technology Education Department; Industrial Science 112; Utah State University; 6000 Old Main Hill; Logan UT 84322-6000; tel. (435) 797-1795; kurt.becker@usu.edu; www.ete.usu.edu/aviation 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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