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Online · School of Aeronautics · Aeronautics

Aviation Maintenance Operations

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/28/2020

Contact Information

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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.





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 Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Kinnison, H. A., & Siddiqui, T. (2013). Aviation maintenance management (2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Free online aviation maintenance industry magazines
  5. Blackboard recommended browsers
  6. APA formatting information

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (4)

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.

Article Reviews (4)

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.

Interview and Response

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.)

Final Project

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.

Tests (4)

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.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums


Threads (4 at 30 pts ea)


Replies (4 at 20 pts ea)


Article Reviews (4 at 50 pts ea)


Interview and Response


Final Project


Tests (4 at 50 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


AVIA 451

Textbook: Kinnison & Siddiqui, Aviation Maintenance Management (2013).


Reading & Study




Kinnison & Siddiqui: chs. 1–3

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1 Thread

Test 1






Kinnison & Siddiqui: chs. 4–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 1 Replies

Article Review 1




Kinnison & Siddiqui: chs. 7–9

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 Thread

Test 2




Kinnison & Siddiqui: chs. 10–11

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 Replies

Article Review 2




Kinnison & Siddiqui: chs. 12–14

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 3 Thread

Test 3




Kinnison & Siddiqui: chs. 15–18

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 Replies

Article Review 3

Interview and Response





Kinnison & Siddiqui: ch. 19, Appendix B

1 presentation

DB Forum 4 Thread

Test 4




1 presentation

DB Forum 4 Replies

Article Review 4

Final Project






DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.