• Learn flight operations with nationally recognized professors
  • Twyla Frazier was the crew scheduler during a three-hour simulation in the Aerospace NASA Flight Operations Lab
  • The newest DA40s in MTSU's fleet have automated flight control and synthetic vision technology
  • MTSU's 360-degree,
    wrap-around simulator
    provides an unequaled level of preparation for air traffic controllers

MTSU Aerospace has been accredited since 1992. The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) has accredited all five of the Aerospace concentrations! For more information, click here.


Special Programs

Aerospace Minor  |  Advanced Standing  |  Maintenance Management  |  Air Traffic Control Training  |  Aircraft Maintenance Training


Minor in Aerospace

A minimum of 18 semester hours is required for the minor. The minor may emphasize administrative or technical subject matter. Courses are chosen with the approval of the student's minor advisor.

Advanced Standing

Specific aerospace course credit may be granted to holders of FAA Airframe/Powerplant Certificates. Such aeronautical credential-based credit awards are applicable to MTSU enrollments only and will not transfer to other institutions.

Maintenance Management Advanced Standing

Only students pursuing the Maintenance Management concentration may receive advanced standing for 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 for both certificates.

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

  • AERO 1020 Theory of Flight 
  • AERO 1380 Aerospace Maintenance Shop Practices 
  • AERO 3301 Sheet Metal Structures 
  • AERO 4310 Aerospace Vehicle Systems

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

  • AERO 3030 Propulsion Fundamentals
  • AERO 3392 Reciprocating Engine Maintenance Repair
  • AERO 3322 Aerospace Reciprocating Engine Overhaul
  • AERO 3362 Advanced Aerospace Engine Systems Maintenance
    and Repair

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.

Aircraft Maintenance Training

Students enrolled in the below  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 for147 courses;
  2. miss no more than 10% of the contact hours of a course;
  3. makeup 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% 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% 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 least 70 percent.

The Aerospace Department offers maintenance training which will qualify students for the FAA's Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Certificate. The following courses are required for this qualification.

  • AERO 1020 Theory of Flight
  • AERO 1340 Introduction to Aerospace Maintenance
  • AERO 1380 Aerospace Maintenance Shop Practices
  • AERO 2331 Airframe Inspection
  • AERO 2342 Powerplant Inspection
  • AERO 2371 Aircraft Welding
  • AERO 2381 Non-Metallic Structures: Dope, Fabric, and Finishing
  • AERO 3030 Propulsion Fundamentals
  • AERO 3392 Reciprocating Engine Maintenance Repair
  • AERO 3301 Sheet Metal Structures
  • AERO 4311 Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Repair
  • AERO 3322 Aerospace Reciprocating Engine Overhaul
  • AERO 4332 Reciprocating Engine Troubleshooting
  • AERO 3371 Aircraft Finishing and Non-Destructive Inspection
  • AERO 3020 Aerospace Materials
  • AERO 4310 Aerospace Vehicle Systems
  • AERO 3362 Advanced Aerospace Engine Systems Maintenance and Repair
  • AERO 4371 Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Systems Overhaul
  • AERO 4381 Advanced Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Repair
  • AERO 4392 Aerospace Turbine Engine Maintenance and Overhaul
  • AERO 4301 Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Structural Repair
  • AERO 4312 Turbine Engine Systems
  • AERO 4342 Turbine Engine Inspection and Troubleshooting
  • ET 3610 Introduction to Electricity and Electronics
  • ETIS 1310 Basic Technical Drawing and Sketching
  • MATH 1710 College Algebra or
  • MATH 1730 Algebra and Trigonometry
  • PHYS 2010 Non-Calculus-Based Physics I
  • PHYS 2011 Physics Problems Laboratory I