Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance

Program Details

  • Program Code:8112
  • School:School of Transportation
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Availability

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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So, you've always had a fascination with helicopters, single-engine planes and jumbo jets, but now you want to be a part of one of mankind's greatest technological achievements and play an important role in the aviation industry? The Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program can help.

Accredited by Canada's federal licensing body, Transport Canada (TC), and the national aviation council, the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA), the offering will give you knowledge and skills to service, repair, overhaul and troubleshoot aircraft components and systems.

Why this program?

With more than 45 years teaching aircraft and avionics maintenance, Centennial's School of Transportation is, without question, the go-to institute if you’re serious about a career in the aviation industry. Your instructors will be some of the best in the business, with years of industry experience, extensive technical expertise, and a deep commitment to the program and to your success. They will be your guides as you work through the technical theory and your mentors as you work on real aircraft and components in onsite labs and hangar. 

Support for this program from the top players in the industry (your future employers) is overwhelming. In fact, aviation industry giant Bombardier named Centennial as its trainer of choice in the manufacturing and maintenance of its aerospace products. 

Because many of the program's partners and supporters are members of Centennial College's advisory committees and participate as guest speakers and panelists, the program is designed for your success. The wealth of knowledge and expertise they share with you first-hand will not only enhance your learning potential but will also give you valuable career direction insight. 

The diploma you'll earn is highly coveted in the industry, and as a graduate of this program, you'll be well positioned to work with top-tier employers.

What can I expect?

The Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program will provide you with an understanding of aircraft maintenance areas such as general aviation, business and corporate aviation, and charter and transport category aviation. 

Working in modern labs and an impressive aircraft hangar, you'll learn hands-on by working on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Your instructors will walk you through techniques as you work on components like 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.  

Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance is so robust it will also offer basic training required to obtain an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME – “M” rating). As a 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?

Accreditation

If you meet the accreditation standards of basic training required to obtain an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence, you'll be exempt from having to write the TC technical examinations and will be granted 18 months experience credit toward the issue of an AME “M” rated licence. You'll also be recognized as having met the basic training requirements for CCAA occupational trade certification as an aircraft maintenance technician (AMT).

The passing grade for all technical courses is 60 per cent. To be eligible for accreditation, you must 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).

Program Highlights

  • As a graduate of the Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program, you may pursue a number of careers within the aviation industry working in a variety of roles with aircraft maintenance and manufacturing organizations, airlines, corporate/cargo/general aviation and flight training organizations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces and government.
  • 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 onto 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.

Notes: 

  • 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 7:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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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

Articulation Agreements

Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

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

Partner Institution

Degree

Athabasca University Bachelor of Management, 4 year
Bachelor of Human Resources & Labour Relations
Bachelor of Management with Major, 4 year
Bachelor of Management, 3 year
British Columbia Institute of Technology Bachelor of Technology - Technology Management 

Davenport University

Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business

Griffith University Bachelor of Aviation Management - Management

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

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
     

Placement Partners

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

Accreditation

The programs are accredited by Transport Canada (TC) and the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA). 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 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.

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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

To register for the Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program (#8112), 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

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 Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program. Applicability/approval is subject to review.

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.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2018.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,618.00 $1,168.00 $5,786.00
International $17,578.00 $2,336.00 $19,914.00

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