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Avionics Maintenance - Aviation Technician

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Program Details

  • Program Code:8113
  • Ministry Name:Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance
  • School:School of Transportation
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Do you have what it takes to repair, test and troubleshoot complex electronic navigation, guidance and communications systems, or the instrumentation and flight controls of an aircraft? Centennial College's Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program will give you the skills and knowledge to do just that.

Why this program?

The Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program is geared to the needs of the aircraft industry and will give you the essential theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to apply that knowledge on real aircraft and aircraft systems, under the focused direction of faculty. Not only do these faculty members bring years of industry experience and extensive technical expertise to the program, but they're also 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. Program partners and supporters, meanwhile, are members of Centennial College's advisory committees and participate as guest speakers and panelists, sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise. That means you'll not only learn first-hand where your career can take you, but you'll also receive invaluable insight from those who have shaped the industry. As a program graduate, you'll already be in a perfect position to begin your career working with industry leaders.

What can I expect?

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

You'll 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'll practice the tasks and skills associated with shop bench work, and the testing, troubleshooting, repair, removal and installation of electrical, electronic and instrumentation systems.

The importance of the aircraft maintenance engineer — who is responsible for the certification of aircraft electrical and electronic systems after the completion of maintenance, inspection, repair or replacement — can't be understated. To that end, this program will be comprehensive and will require you to be dedicated and focused throughout the learning process.

What will 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 needed for a career in organizations that include general aviation, manufacturing, repair, overhaul and airlines.


Both the federal government licensing body, Transport Canada (TC), and the national aviation sector council, the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) accredit the Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program, which will also provide you with the basic training required to become a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer (AME).

If you meet the accreditation standards, you'll be exempt from writing the TC technical examinations for issue of an AME licence and will be granted 18 months experience credit toward the issue of an AME “E” rated licence. You'll also be recognized as having met the basic training requirements for CCAA occupational trade certification as an avionics maintenance technician (AVT).

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 pathway programs with partnering institutions or articulated programs with select universities. These programs will allow you to receive 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, 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.
  • 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 or all of the accreditation criteria, you may still be eligible to graduate from the program provided you successfully complete all graduation 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.
  • Classes may run between the hours of 7:30 am to 8:30 pm

Career Outlook

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

Education Pathways

Qualified Aviation Technician - Avionics Maintenance Diploma program 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. 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 receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Bachelor of Computer Science - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing
Athabasca University Bachelor of Commerce – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Commerce with major – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations – Post Diploma
Bachelor of Management 3 year – Post Diploma
British Columbia Institute of Technology Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management
Brock University Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Studies - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Science in Core Sciences - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
Griffith University Bachelor of Aviation Management (professional experience program)
Lakehead University Bachelor or Honours Degree
Ontario Tech University Honours Bachelor of Arts - Adult Education and Digital Technology
Honours Bachelor of Commerce (bridge)
Royal Military College of Canada Bachelor of Engineering - multiple majors
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
York University Honours Bachelor degree in any major
Honours Computer Science
Honours Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors

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 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
  • Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario
  • Algoma University, Ontario

Professional Associations

  • Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)

Placement Partners

Centennial’s Aerospace and 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).


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 “E” rated license, and
  • Recognized as having met the basic training requirements for CCAA occupational trade certification as an AVT (avionics 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 Mathematics (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

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 - Avionics Maintenance 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.

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 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.

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

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

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 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 $1,150.24 $5,306.24
International $19,208.00 $1,659.24 $20,867.24

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