Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance

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Program Code: 8112

School: School of Transportation

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Downsview Park Aerospace Campus

Email: jpassant@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7510

Study the knowledge and skills required to start your career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT).

Centennial College’s Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program provides you with the opportunity to master the skills associated with the servicing, repairing and overhauling of aircraft components and systems. These are the primary tasks of an AMT, working on several aircraft components to include airframes, engines, electrical and hydraulic systems, propellers, avionics equipment and aircraft instruments.

The program provides you with an understanding of the different areas of aircraft maintenance – including general and business/ corporate aviation, charter and transport category aircraft. You will learn and work on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

A TC licensed AME (“M” rating) is responsible for certification (or release) of the aircraft after the completion of maintenance, inspection, repair or modification.

Note: Due to the technical nature of the curriculum students must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.

Students are also required to:

  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (clear safety glasses, coveralls, and safety boots/shoes) for all lab activities.
  • Invest extra time on study, mandatory project completion and exam preparation.

Training in this program may be scheduled between the hours of 7:30 am through 8:30 pm.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
AIRC-109 Safety and Human Factors Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-110 Piston Engines and Propellers Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-111 Sheet Metal and Aircraft Structures Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-112 Tools, Materials and Processes Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-113 Theory of Flight Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-114 Aircraft Publications Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-115 Aircraft Applied Mathematics Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-116 Electrical Fundamentals Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-117 Avionics Fundamentals 1 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
AIRC-135 Turbine Engines Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-136 Aircraft Hydraulics & Landing Gear Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-137 Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARS) Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-138 Hangar - Maintenance Procedures Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-139 Airframe Systems Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-140 Aircraft Solid State and Data Bus Logic Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-141 Avionics Fundamentals 2 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-142 Power Generation and Distribution Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-143 Aircraft Instruments Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
AIRC-248 Materials and Processes 2 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-249 Piston Engines 2 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-250 Rotary Wing Controls Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-251 Maintenance Procedures 1 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
AIRC-252 Turbine Engines 2 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-253 Propellers Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-254 Aircraft Inspection Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-255 M1 & M2 Aircraft System Maintenance Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-256 Maintenance Procedures 2 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

Air Canada, Kelowna Flight craft, Great Slave Helicopters, Porter Airlines, Air Georgian, WestJet, Air Transat, Jazz, First Air, Toronto Airways, Brampton Flying club, Ottawa Flying Club, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, Messier Dowty, Vintage Wings, Transport Canada, IMP Group, Cascade Aerospace, Brant Aero, Department of National Defense

Program Highlights

The Aircraft Maintenance Technician program is geared directly to the needs of the aircraft industry. Through theoretical and practical (hand-on) training students are prepared to begin a career in the aviation industry.

Learning at the School of Transportation's Ashtonbee campus, the aviation training facilities house a variety of dedicated aviation labs and shops, and a large aircraft hangar with multiple aircraft (fixed and rotary). Partners and supporters of the program are member of Centennial College's advisory committees and participate as guest speakers and panelists, sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise to benefit and enhance student learning. Program faculty are highly skilled, with years of experience, extensive technical expertise, and a deep commitment to the program and student success.

The program is accredited by both the Federal Government Licensing body (Transport Canada) and the National Aviation Sector Council (the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace); providing the basic training necessary to become a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. To be eligible for program accreditation students must:

  • Achieve no less than 70% (B) grade in each applicable technical course in the program. Where courses include both a theory and practical component – each component must be successfully completed at a minimum 70%,
  • Successfully complete each mandatory practical tasks/project (MP), and
  • Maintain a 95% attendance level (over the 2 year program)

There are no exceptions to accreditation requirements.  Students that do not meet any/all of the accreditation criteria may be eligible to graduate from the program provide all requirements for graduation have been successfully fulfilled.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program's educational partner is British Columbia Institute of Technology, where you will be able to work towards a Technology Management degree.

Professional Associations

  • Ontario Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Association


The programs are recognized by Transport Canada (TC) and Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) accreditation. Students that meet accreditation standards are:

  • Exempt from having to write the TC technical examinations for issue of an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME),
  • Granted 18 months experience credit towards the issue of a TC AME “M” rated license, and
  • Recognized as having met the basic training requirements for CCAA occupational trade certification as an AMT (aircraft maintenance technician).

To be eligible for accreditation students must meet mandatory grading, attendance and practical performance requirements which include an absenteeism rate of less than five percent (of the total program hours), a 70% (B) grade in every course and successful completion of all mandatory practical tasks.

Career Outlook

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME)
  • Aircraft maintenance technician (AMT)
  • Airframe and power plant (A&P) mechanic or technician
  • Aerospace mechanic
  • Aircraft engine mechanic or technician
  • Aviation mechanic
  • Aviation Inspector

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 M or U, or Math 12 C, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Due to Transport Canada accreditation requirements, transfer credit is not available for Aviation Technician programs.

Safety Requirements

Students are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (clear safety glasses, cotton coveralls and CSA approved safety boots/shoes) for all practical shop, lab and hangar activities.

Semester Requirements

Students that are unsuccessful in 3 or more courses within a semester are not permitted to continue in the program and must speak with their Student Advisor.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.


Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,483.50 $1,053.00 $5,536.50
International $16,583.00 $2,336.00 $18,919.00