Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance
Program Code: 8113
School: School of Transportation
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Ashtonbee Campus
Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7510
Study the knowledge and skills required to start your career as an Avionics Maintenance Technician (AVT).
Centennial College's Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program provides you with the opportunity to study and hone your skills on complex electronics and electrical systems related to the navigation, guidance, communications, instrumentation, and flight controls of an aircraft. Avionics activities include tasks associated with (shop bench work) the repair & certification of electrical, electronic and instruments; as well as (on-aircraft work) testing, trouble shooting, repair, removal and installation of electrical/electronic and instrumentation systems.
The program prepares graduates for work as a bench technician in avionics approved shops at a variety of aviation organizations to include general aviation, manufacturing, repair & overhaul and airlines.
A TC licensed AME ("E" rating) is responsible for certification aircraft electrical/electronic systems after the completion of maintenance, inspection, repair or replacement.
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.
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|AIRC-109||Safety and Human Factors||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-110||Piston Engines and Propellers||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-111||Sheet Metal and Aircraft Structures||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-112||Tools, Materials and Processes||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-113||Theory of Flight||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-114||Aircraft Publications||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-115||Aircraft Applied Mathematics||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-116||Electrical Fundamentals||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-117||Avionics Fundamentals 1||Ashtonbee Campus|
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|AIRC-135||Turbine Engines||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-136||Aircraft Hydraulics & Landing Gear||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-137||Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARS)||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-138||Hangar - Maintenance Procedures||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-139||Airframe Systems||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-140||Aircraft Solid State and Data Bus Logic||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-141||Avionics Fundamentals 2||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-142||Power Generation and Distribution||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-143||Aircraft Instruments||Ashtonbee Campus|
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|AIRC-257||Avionics Installation Practices||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-258||Avionics Troubleshooting Practices||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-259||Communications Systems Maintenance||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-260||Digitial Avionics Practices||Ashtonbee Campus|
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|AIRC-261||Pulse Navigation Systems||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-262||Navigation Systems Maintenance||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-263||Digital Avionics Practices 2||Ashtonbee Campus|
|AIRC-264||Avionics Troubleshooting Practices 2||Ashtonbee Campus|
Companies Offering Jobs
Air Canada, Kelowna Flight craft, Porter Airlines, Air Georgian, WestJet, Air Transat, Jazz, First Air, Bombardier, Magellan Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Messier Dowty, Transport Canada, IMP Group, Mid Canada Mod Centre, Kitchener Aero, Cascade Aerospace, Department of National Defense, Flight Safety Canada Aviation
The Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance 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 task/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.
Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:
- Algoma University, Ontario
- Athabasca University, Alberta
- British Columbia Institute of Technology, British Columbia
- Laurentian University, Ontario
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
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.
- Ontario Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Association
- Aircraft Electronics Association
The program holds both Transport Canada (TC) and Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) accreditation. Students that meet the 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 - an absenteeism rate of less than five percent (of the total program hours), maintain a 70 percent (B) grade in every technical (ATAT/ATAC/CL-AIRC) course and successfully complete all mandatory practical tasks.
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME)
- Avionics maintenance technician (AVT)
- Avionics/Electrical/Electronic mechanic or technician
- Electrical systems technician
- Aviation mechanic
- Aviation Inspector
- 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
Due to Transport Canada accreditation requirements, transfer credit is not available for Aviation Technician programs.
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.
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 2015.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Incidental Fees||Total|