Aerospace, Maintenance Management Concentration, B.S.

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Aerospace, Maintenance Management Concentration, B.S.

MTSU's Maintenance Management concentration prepares students to become the leaders of the next generation of aerospace professionals by developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful careers.

This concentration offers preparation for students wishing to enter the aviation maintenance field as practicing maintenance technicians or as entry-level managers at aircraft repair stations or other types of operations involving aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, or modification. Students learn about related components and materials, including modern composites, and the proper repair and inspection of those materials. The fundamental skills needed in aerospace vehicle repair and maintenance are stressed, together with management skills for careers to keep aircraft flying. MTSU is an approved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAR Part 147 maintenance technician school for airframe and powerplant mechanics (A&P).

If you live in one of these states: AL DE KY MD MS SC VA WV; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.

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Students train on turbofan engine used in most commercial craft

Students train on turbofan engine used in most commercial craft

Learning how to work on airplane engines is serious business for students in MTSU's Maintenance Management program. The task became significantly easier when Southwest Airlines donated a turbofan engine just like the ones "which rule the skies today with regard to commercial transportation," said Bill Allen, associate professor, when the generous gift was announced. CFM International makes the engines that weigh about 4,300 pounds and have a thrust range of 18,500 to 34,000 pounds of force. Since the engines were introduced in 1974, more than 30,000 have been produced. Allen said that this was a welcome addition to the training center at Murfreesboro Airport because "We don't have any engines with these types of systems, advanced as they are." He is grateful to Southwest and to alumnus Chad Rhyne, who works at the airline and made the initial contact to see if MTSU would be interested. Students in the program are more than interested — they're excited because it will help them in the job market. "This is real-world experience right here," senior Jeremy Lacy says.

Graduate says superior program led him to dream company

Graduate says superior program led him to dream company

"While I was growing up in Brentwood, I always knew I loved airplanes. A trip to the airport meant the world to me. While I was in school at Brentwood High School, I started researching aviation careers and aviation universities," remembers James Blackburn, who graduated MTSU in 2013. He says his research brought him to the realization that "I had one of the best aviation departments in the nation less than an hour from me!" He looked at the five available concentrations, "but since I loved tinkering around, I chose aerospace maintenance management." He says that during his studies, "it was apparent that MTSU's faculty, facilities, and reputation were beyond world class." Blackburn, who attributes his preparation to the superior training he received, says he was ready o work for the company of my dreams, Southwest Airlines. I was lucky enough to land as an intern at their company headquarters in Dallas, Texas. The internship led to a full-time job, and I have since become an apprentice aircraft maintenance technician. Without MTSU, I would not have been prepared for everything they threw at me."

News Briefs

Students train on turbofan engine used in most commercial craft

Learning how to work on airplane engines is serious business for students in MTSU's Maintenance Management program. The task became significantly easier when Southwest Airlines donated a turbofan engine just like the ones "which rule the skies today with regard to commercial transportation," said Bill Allen, associate professor, when the generous gift was announced. CFM International makes the engines that weigh about 4,300 pounds and have a thrust range of 18,500 to 34,000 pounds of force. Since the engines were introduced in 1974, more than 30,000 have been produced. Allen said that this was a welcome addition to the training center at Murfreesboro Airport because "We don't have any engines with these types of systems, advanced as they are." He is grateful to Southwest and to alumnus Chad Rhyne, who works at the airline and made the initial contact to see if MTSU would be interested. Students in the program are more than interested — they're excited because it will help them in the job market. "This is real-world experience right here," senior Jeremy Lacy says.

Graduate says superior program led him to dream company

"While I was growing up in Brentwood, I always knew I loved airplanes. A trip to the airport meant the world to me. While I was in school at Brentwood High School, I started researching aviation careers and aviation universities," remembers James Blackburn, who graduated MTSU in 2013. He says his research brought him to the realization that "I had one of the best aviation departments in the nation less than an hour from me!" He looked at the five available concentrations, "but since I loved tinkering around, I chose aerospace maintenance management." He says that during his studies, "it was apparent that MTSU's faculty, facilities, and reputation were beyond world class." Blackburn, who attributes his preparation to the superior training he received, says he was ready o work for the company of my dreams, Southwest Airlines. I was lucky enough to land as an intern at their company headquarters in Dallas, Texas. The internship led to a full-time job, and I have since become an apprentice aircraft maintenance technician. Without MTSU, I would not have been prepared for everything they threw at me."

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CAREERS

Employers the world over recognize MTSU's Maintenance Management  concentration under the Aerospace major as an elite program that produces the highest caliber graduates.While graduates' career trajectory is likely to include management level positions in aviation maintenance, examples of entry-level maintenance technician career options include:

  • Air carrier maintenance
  • Corporate aircraft operator maintenance
  • Technician at aircraft manufacturer
  • Technician at aircraft repair stations

Employers of MTSU alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • American Airlines — Fort Worth, TX
  • American Eagle Airlines — Fort Worth, TX
  • Corporate Flight Management — Smyrna, TN
  • Delta Airlines — Atlanta, GA
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • FedEx Express — Memphis, TN
  • Middle Tennessee State University — Murfreesboro, TN
  • Republic Airways — Indianapolis, IN
  • Southwest Airlines — Dallas, TX
  • Tennessee Division of Aeronautics — Nashville, TN
  • United Airlines — Chicago, IL
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) — Atlanta, GA
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Maintenance Management (BS Aerospace, Maintenance Management) in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and is an approved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 14 CFR Part 147 Maintenance Technician school. Admission to the BS Aerospace, Maintenance Management does not guarantee that students will earn FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification, which is required for successful completion of the 120-hour program.

FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification is a federally established license. The BS Aerospace, Maintenance Management disclosure provided on MTSU’s professional licensure disclosure website indicates the states and territories where MTSU has determined, through reasonable and good faith effort, that the program does or does not meet the educational requirements for other US states and territories. Certification requirements may include additional and recurring requirements, such as an application, supervision, examinations, continuing education, fees, fingerprinting, a background check, etc. MTSU strongly recommends that prospective and current students discuss their plans with an advisor to ensure they have the most up-to-date information and guidance regarding licensure requirements.

For additional information about the Department, including information on scholarships specific to Aerospace students, please visit the Aerospace Department.

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