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Aircraft Maintenance and Management - Aviation Technology

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Program Details

  • Program Code:8312
  • School:School of Transportation
  • Credential:Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:3 years/ 6 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Turn your fascination with helicopters, single-engine planes and jumbo jets into a career in as an aviation technician (AMT) in aircraft maintenance with training from Centennial College's Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance & Management program, which Transport Canada (TC) accredits.

Why this program?

Because the School of Transportation has been teaching aircraft and avionics maintenance for 40 years, it's highly regarded in the industry. Each of your instructors will be highly skilled with years of technical expertise, industry experience and a deep commitment your success. 

Top industry players also support the program. In fact, aviation industry giant Bombardier named Centennial College as its trainer of choice in the manufacturing and maintenance of its aerospace products. Additionally, program partners and supporters are members of Centennial College's advisory committees and participate as guest speakers and panelists. The wealth of knowledge and expertise they'll share with you will not only enhance your learning but will also give you valuable insight on the direction your career can take. 

What can I expect?

The Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance & Management program will provide you with an understanding of the different areas of aircraft maintenance, including general aviation, business and corporate aviation, and charter and transport category aviation. 

In the College's modern labs and impressive aircraft hangar, you'll learn on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft with instructors walking you through techniques as you work on components such as airframes, engines, electrical and hydraulic systems, propellers, avionics equipment and aircraft instruments. You'll also learn the essential theory and base of knowledge that will serve as a launching pad for growing your career.  

Because it's such a robust program, Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance & Management will also provide you with the basic training required to become a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME – “M” rating), while giving you the opportunity to obtain additional business and management skills related to and required by the industry at large.

As the holder of an AME licence, you'll be qualified to certify (or release) aircraft for flight after the completion of maintenance, inspection, repair or modification. 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 the learning process. 

What do I have when I’m done?


When you graduate from this program, you'll have a coveted diploma from a highly respected college, with the required knowledge and skills for a career in areas such as aircraft maintenance and manufacturing organizations, airlines, engine and component manufacturers, flight training companies, the Canadian Armed Forces and civil aviation.


The federal government licensing body, Transport Canada, accredits the Aviation Technician-Aircraft Maintenance and Management program, which will provide you with the basic training required to become a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer. If you meet the accreditation standards, you'll 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 “M” rated licence. 

The passing grade for all technical courses is 60 per cent. To be eligible for accreditation, you'll be required to meet the following mandatory grading, attendance and practical performance requirements in all technical courses:

  • 95 per cent attendance level (over the two-year program)
  • 70 per cent (B) grade in all technical courses
  • Successfully complete all mandatory practical tasks

Degree credit

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


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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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 program is structured to run in seven-week blocks, allowing you to concentrate your studies on a set number of courses within that time frame. At the end of the training block, you'll complete your final test(s), have a one-week break period and then move on to the next set of training courses.
  • If you don't meet any/all of the accreditation criteria, you may still be eligible to graduate from the program provided you successfully fulfil all requirements for graduation.
  • 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.
  • Classes may run between the hours of 7:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Career Outlook

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

Education Pathways

Successful graduates of the Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Management Advanced Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (Also available at Brampton, ON campus)
Bachelor of Science in multiple majors

Davenport University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Lakehead University Bachelor of Engineering - Post Diploma
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
York University Honours Bachelor degree in any major
Honours Computer Science

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


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.

Professional Associations

  • Ontario Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Association

Placement Partners

Centennial’s Aerospace and Aviation department working in partnership with Air Canada, Air Georgian, Bombardier and other industry organizations, may allow eligible students to take part in both work integrated learning and job shadowing opportunities where and when available.


The program is accredited by the Federal Government Licensing body (Transport Canada) and the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace. 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 licence, 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 in all technical courses, 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements


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

Additional Requirements

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, the option for transfer credit is only applicable to certain General Education (COMM, GNED elective) courses in the Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance & Management program. Applicability and approval is subject to review.

Safety Requirements

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

Semester Requirements

1st Year :

6 or 12 inch steel scale (1/100ths of an inch scale)
Over Ear Hearing Protection 100 db min.recommended

2nd Year:

Cartridge Style Organic dust & fumes respirator
Tybek suit
#2 Phillips screw driver
Inspection Mirror

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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 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 For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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

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

International Students

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 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

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $4,156.00 $1,070.24 $5,226.24
International $19,208.00 $1,579.24 $20,787.24

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