Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance

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Program Code: 8113

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

Welcome to a whole new level of technical maintenance! Do you have what it takes to build and repair complex electronic navigation, guidance, and communications systems, or repair the instrumentation and flight controls of an aircraft?  You will!  Our Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program will give you the skills and knowledge to do just that.

Watch your career take off as you grow to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), or Avionics Maintenance Technician (AVT), or even an Aviation Inspector!

Why this program?

The Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program is geared to the needs of the aircraft industry and our highly skilled faculty members and instructors are some of the best in the business. Not only do they bring years of industry experience and extensive technical expertise to the program, but they are deeply committed to your success, and to making this a highly desirable program.

In fact, aviation industry giant Bombardier named Centennial College as its trainer of choice in the manufacturing and maintenance of its aerospace products. As a graduate of this program, you are already at the front of the line and in a perfect position to begin your career working with industry leaders!

Partners and supporters of this program are members of Centennial College's advisory committees and participate as guest speakers and panelists, sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise with students of the program. That means you will not only learn first-hand where your career can take you, but you will receive invaluable insight from those who have shaped the industry.

So, why this program? The Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program will give you the essential theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to apply that knowledge on real aircraft & aircraft systems, under the focused direction of industry-seasoned faculty and instructors. While also providing opportunities to absorb the wisdom of some of the most successful leaders in the industry. That’s 360° education designed for your success!

What can I expect?

The best way to learn a skill is hands-on. Here at the School of Transportation, you will have access to a variety of dedicated aviation labs and shops, including our large and impressive aircraft hangar, where you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of systems and aircraft. By the time you graduate from this program, you will be fully prepared for work as a bench technician in avionics-approved shops at a variety of aviation organizations.

You will learn the essential theory and broad base of knowledge for complex electronics and electrical systems related to the navigation, guidance, communications, instrumentation and flight controls of an aircraft. Working in labs, shops and the aircraft hangar, you will practice the tasks and skills associated with shop bench work and the testing, troubleshooting, repair, removal and installation of electrical, electronic and instrumentation systems.

An aircraft maintenance engineer is responsible for the certification of aircraft electrical and electronic systems after the completion of maintenance, inspection, repair or replacement. The importance of that responsibility cannot be understated. To that end, this program will be comprehensive and will require you to be dedicated and focused throughout this learning process. Please make sure you are aware of the prerequisites for this program on our Admission Requirements section. 

What do I have when I’m done?

Diploma

When you graduate from this program, you will have a coveted diploma from highly respected college, with the required knowledge and skills needed for a career in organizations that include general aviation, manufacturing, repair, overhaul, and airlines.

Accreditation

The Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program is accredited by both the Federal Government Licensing body (Transport Canada, TC) and the National Aviation Sector Council (the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, CCAA); and will have provided you with the basic training required to become a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

If you have met the accreditation standards, you will be exempt from having to write the TC technical examinations for issue of an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licence, and will be granted 18 months experience credit toward the issue of an AME “E” rated license. You will also be recognized as having met the basic training requirements for CCAA occupational trade certification as an AVT (avionics maintenance technician).

The passing grade for all technical courses is 60%. To be eligible for accreditation, you must meet the following mandatory grading, attendance, and practical performance requirements:

  • maintain a 95% attendance level (over the 2 year program)
  • maintain a 70% (B) grade in all technical courses
  • successfully complete all mandatory practical tasks

Degree credit

As a graduate, you may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions or articulated programs with select universities. These programs allow you to receive degree and academic credit for your work at Centennial College and apply that credit toward further study (eg. Technology Management degree.)

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-257 Avionics Installation Practices Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-258 Avionics Troubleshooting Practices Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-259 Communications Systems Maintenance Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-260 Digitial Avionics Practices Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
AIRC-261 Pulse Navigation Systems Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-262 Navigation Systems Maintenance Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-263 Digital Avionics Practices 2 Downsview Park Aerospace Campus
AIRC-264 Avionics Troubleshooting Practices 2 Downsview Park Aerospace 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

Program Highlights

The Avionics 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 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.

Educational Partners

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:

  • Athabasca University, Alberta
  • Seneca College, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario
  • Algoma University, Ontario

Professional Associations

  • Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)

Accreditation

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), maintain a 70 % (B) grade in every course and successful completion of all mandatory practical tasks.

Career Outlook

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME)
  • Avionics maintenance technician (AVT)
  • Avionics/Electrical/Electronic mechanic or technician
  • Electrical systems technician
  • Aviation mechanic
  • Aviation Inspector

Academic Requirements

To register for the Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program (#8113), you must have:

  • 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 the technical nature of the curriculum, you must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.

You will be 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.

You will be expected to 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.

Transfer Credit

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

Safety Requirements

Students who 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.

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