Maintenance Management

For students interested in entering the aviation industry on the ground, maintenance professionals are a vital part to the field. This degree will prepare students for entry-level positions with Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) licenses. Coursework includes maintenance and communications/business classes to provide students an advanced and well-rounded start in the industry. Check out the sample four year degree plan to get a better idea of what classes you will take during your college career.

An Aircraft Maintence Technician - Airframe & Powerplant (A.A.S.) degree is also offered through this program.

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Zachary Kuehl

Aviation Maintenance Management Student

"I like the maintenance program because the faculty are really nice and it's a personal experience in the classes."

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a degree in Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management?

The Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management (ATMM) program at Utah State University follows Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 147 Curriculum, and prepares students to test for Airframe and Powerplant Certificates. They are then prepared to work as Aviation Maintenance Technicians. Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on airplanes and helicopters. They also inspect airplanes and helicopters as required by the FAA.

How will I be prepared to enter the industry when I graduate?

Because the ATMM program at USU follows the 147 curriculum set forth by the FAA, our students meet the curriculum requirements and have a firm understanding of the operating rules to be certified as an Aviation Maintenance Technician. The course work and lab time that is built into the degree program prepares students to be knowledgeable professionals in the field.

Do I need to buy tools?

Yes. Students must provide their own tools for several classes. Students usually begin the classes that require their own tools their sophomore or junior year.

How do I use VA Benefits?

Students can use VA Benefits to complete any aviation program at Utah State University. If you are 100% certified on the Post 9/11 *GI Bill®, it can cover 100% of the cost of the program. Please work closely with the USU Veterans Resource Office if you have specific questions about the benefits.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Employment Outlook

Graduates of the ATMM program at Utah State University are finding success all over the aviation industry. To name a few, we have ATMM graduates employed at the following:

  • Cessna, Wichita, KS
  • Erickson Air Crane, Central Point, OR
  • Western Aircraft, Boise, ID
  • Boeing, Everett, WA
  • Teton Aviation, Driggs, ID
  • Huntsman Aviation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Lone Mountain Aviation, Las Vegas, NV
  • USU Flight Training, Logan, UT
  • FAA Air Traffic Control, Salt Lake City, UT & Reno, NV
  • Bell Boeing, Mesa AZ

Although a degree is not required to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, job prospects will be best for mechanics who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate and a bachelor’s degree in aircraft maintenance.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that in May 2021, the median annual wage of aircraft mechanics and service technicians was $65,380, and the median annual wage of avionics technicians was $69,280.

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Why is Utah State the right place for you?

Breathtaking. That’s the view from Cache Valley, Utah, nestled between the Wellsville mountains and the Bear River range, at the western edge of the Rockies. A view that is even more spectacular when seen from the quiet hangars of the airport as you work on a DA-42 airplane or R44 helicopter.

With some of the best maintenance facilities in the nation, students will get hands-on experience in the lab. These labs hold state-of-the-art equipment allows students to use equipment from the real world. Smaller class sizes with experienced professors provide a unique, individual learning experience. 

Of course, there are reasons to choose Utah State beyond the outstanding maintenance management program. Northeastern Utah offers some of the best outdoor recreational opportunities in the country, with trails for hiking, mountain biking, and dirt bike riding, plus rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding. Two resorts serve Cache Valley, and Park City offers world-class destination resorts only a few hours away. Closer to home, Utah State University and Logan offer a cosmopolitan atmosphere in an affordable, small-town community. Logan offers something for everyone.

Come discover for yourself why Utah State is the right choice for you!


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