Aviation Maintenance Operations – AVIA 451

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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.