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: Ashtonbee Campus

Email: jpassant@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7510

Avionics maintenance covers a wide range of the aviation and aerospace sectors, which work together to keep aircraft safe and airworthy. A Transport Canada licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME licence “E” rating) is responsible for certification of aircraft electrical and electronics systems after the completion of maintenance, inspection, repair or replacement. 

The Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance (“E” option) program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to start your career as an aircraft maintenance technician. “E” category graduate technicians perform tasks and activities associated with the maintenance and repair of aircraft communication, navigation and data systems. 

The program is Transport Canada (TC) accredited for experience and exam credit towards the issue of an AME licence and is accredited by the Canadian Council of Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) as meeting the national occupational standard for avionics maintenance training.

In this program: 

  • Students learn highly sought after skills relating to the maintenance, repair/replacement, inspection and troubleshooting of basic electronics circuits to sophisticated avionic systems used in modern aircraft
  • A significant portion of time is spent on practical application in labs
  • Training focuses on the aircraft’s various electronic systems - electrical power distribution and control, navigation, flight instrumentation, communication and radar. Aviation maintenance servicing practices and procedures, as well as aviation regulation requirements, round out this training. This program is also designed to prepare bench technicians for avionic-approved shops and aircraft manufacturing companies
  • Students are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (clear safety glasses, coveralls and safety boots/shoes) for all lab activities

The course material is very technical and comprehensive. To achieve success, students should be prepared to invest extra time on study, mandatory project completion and exam preparation.

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.

Semester 1
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
Semester 2
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
Semester 3
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
Semester 4
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

Program Highlights

  • Extensive facilities and equipment, including an on-site hangar, various fixed and rotary wing aircraft 
  • Faculty are highly skilled, with years of experience and extensive technical expertise, with a deep commitment to the program, its students and their success
  • Comprehensive courses and theories reinforced by hands-on lab and shop work
  • Training geared directly to the needs of the aircraft industry
  • Affiliated with the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Association and the Aircraft Electronics Association
  • Our partners and supporters are member of Centennial College’s advisory committees and participate as guest speakers and panelists, sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise for the benefit and enhancement of our programs

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students 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 

Accreditation

  • The program is Transport Canada (TC) accredited and provides 18 months experience credit and technical examination credit towards the issue of a Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License.
  • The program is Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) accredited and provides accreditation and recognition towards meeting the basic training requirements for CAMC occupational trade certification as an avionics maintenance technician.

To be eligible for accreditation, you must have an absenteeism rate of less than five percent (of the total program hours), maintain a 70 percent (B) grade in each course and successfully complete all mandatory projects.

Career Outlook

  • Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
  • Aircraft Engineer
  • Aircraft Engine Technician
  • Aircraft Engine Mechanic
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Airframe and Powerplant Technician
  • A&P Mechanic
  • A&P Technician
  • Aircraft Technician
  • Airframe Mechanic
  • Powerplant Mechanic
  • Aerospace Mechanic
  • Aviation Mechanic

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 C, M or U, 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.

1. Apply Online

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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.

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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).

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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.

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

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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
Canadian $4,226.00 $942.00 $5,168.00
International $15,080.00 $2,137.00 $17,217.00