Aviation Maintenance Operations – AVIA 451

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of aviation maintenance-specific topics which face those in maintenance leadership positions. These topics include, but are not limited to, the need for maintenance; development of maintenance programs; technical planning, control, and training; and differing types of maintenance operations.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course provides an overview of the types of issues encountered by one overseeing an aviation maintenance operation, whether in the airline industry, a small private shop, or a repair station. It provides the insight necessary to either start such a program or improve an existing program. To do so, an understanding of the maintenance-specific details and the management details must be gained. By teaching these topics from a Christian perspective, a biblical industry view is gained.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the five contextual definitions of the word “maintenance”.
  2. List the five objectives of a maintenance program.
  3. Explain the structure and operation of a Maintenance Steering Group (MSG).
  4. Distinguish between process-oriented maintenance and task-oriented maintenance.
  5. Describe the major aviation industry certification types and requirements.
  6. Contrast the major types of aviation documentations and their applications.
  7. Analyze the purposes and significances of the major technical services of a maintenance operation including engineering, production planning and control, technical publications, technical training, and materials support.
  8. Discuss the oversight functions, responsibilities, and liabilities of typical aviation maintenance manager.
  9. Recognize human factors and safety issues associated with an aircraft maintenance operation.
  10. Build a simulated aviation maintenance structure and operation.
  11. Apply a biblical worldview to all aspects of aviation maintenance operations.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and insight. The following week, the student will be required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and bring additional insight to the thread. The student must cite the textbook and 1 additional source, in current APA format, in each thread and each reply.

The student will locate an article in an aviation maintenance trade magazine pertinent to the material being covered in the course. Each review must include an overview of the main points of the article as well as provide insight, integration, and analysis of major concepts covered in class. Each review must be 300–400 words and in current APA format.

The student will interview a director of maintenance, or one in a similar position, of an aviation maintenance facility. Based on that interview, the student will write a 6 page (minimum) report. The report must include a professional summary of the director; a transcript of the interview questions and answers; and a response by the student which provides insight, integration, and analysis of major concepts covered in the course. The report must be in current APA format and cite 2 sources, in addition to the textbook, in the response section. (This does not include the interviewee.)

The student will develop a management structure for an aviation maintenance organization. The project must be 7 pages (minimum), in current APA format, and include the following: type of organization with an overview of the type of maintenance operations, major management leadership with responsibility descriptions, an organizational chart, and an overview of the policies and procedures.

Each test will be open-book and open-notes and will cover the Reading & Study material as well as the presentations for the assigned modules/weeks. Each test will contain 23–24 multiple-choice, true/false, multiple answer, matching, and essay questions and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.