Become an aviation technician and learn on the job through our co-op program - 2022/2023
Aircraft safety is the most important aspect of the aviation industry. As an aviation technician, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that safety, which means you’ll be a valued and vital part of the maintenance team.
With the Transport Canada approved Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program, you’ll learn about all aspects of aircraft systems used in general aviation, corporate, charter transport category aircraft, and helicopters. Along with developing cutting-edge computer and electronic systems skills, you’ll also study propellers, aviation regulations, wing aerodynamics and more. As well, with aircraft constantly evolving and improving, you’ll have opportunities to adapt and upgrade your skills and you progress through the program, embarking on a life-long learning journey.
Graduate with an aviation technician certificate
When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a career with Canadian and international aircraft maintenance and aircraft manufacturing organizations. As well, you’ll be able to pursue your license in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft in either the M1 or M2 categories.
With the Aviation Technician program you’ll be exposed to the many of the diverse options and opportunities available in the aircraft industry. The path you choose will be up to you.
Fanshawe did a really great job at preparing me for the industry by having great hands-on experience and awesome professors. The variety of aircraft Fanshawe has is a great way to learn different techniques on how to fix aircraft by providing all sorts of different scenarios and what you may encounter when you go out into the field.
Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
|This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details.|
Admission RequirementsOSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 12 Transportation Technology (C)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
- It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op) program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op) program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op) program.
Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op)-2022/2023
|AVIA-1064||Shop Safety & Aircraft Tools||3|
|This course is an introduction to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) category M license. It outlines the regulations, requirements and processes as well as the roles and responsibilities of the AME in the shop/hangar environment. The course also provides study of general tools and tools specific to aviation and how they are safely used on the materials of the aircraft industry.|
|AVIA-1025||Aircraft Corrosion Control||3|
|This course is the study of the materials of modern aircraft and the processes involved in protecting them from their environment.|
|AVIA-1050||Fixed Wing Aerodynamics||4.5|
|This course is the study of basic aerodynamic principles used in aircraft. It is designed for a full understanding of the devices and components used for aircraft control and flight performance.|
|AVIA-1065||Aircraft Reciprocating Engines||6|
|This course is the comprehensive study of aircraft reciprocating engines and their systems.|
|This course is the comprehensive study of aircraft propellers and their systems.|
|AVIA-1030||Aircraft DC Electrical Systems||4.5|
|This course is a comprehensive introduction to basic electrical theory and components used in aircraft direct current (DC) systems. Students will gain a familiarity with electrical equipment construction and operation, and its application in industry.|
|COOP-1020||Co-operative Education Employment Prep||1|
|This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.|
|EDUC-1105||Strategies for AME Communication||3|
|This course is designed to support non-native speakers of English with the necessary language requirements to be successful in their Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programs (AAM4, AVI1, AVM4, and ASR1). Emphasis will be placed on sector-specific vocabulary acquisition, AME terminology and abbreviations, listening and reading comprehension, and effective communication skills, both oral and written.|
|AVIA-1031||Aircraft Metallic Structure & Metallurgy||6|
|This course is the study of basic maintenance workshop safety and practices. It includes hands on practice with the identification and safe and proper use of common industry tools as used in sheet metal repair.|
|AVIA-1066||Hydraulic Controls/Emergency Equipment||6|
|This course is a comprehensive study of several of the systems found on modern aircraft. Students will gain a familiarity with the systems, their components and their operation in preparation for the next steps in maintenance.|
|AVIA-1033||Canadian Aviation Regulations||1.5|
|This course is a continuation of the study of the regulations as they affect the role of the AME andmaintain safety.|
|AVIA-1035||Rotary Wing Aerodynamics||4.5|
|This course is the study of basic aerodynamic principles used in aircraft. It is designed for a better understanding of the devices and components used for rotary wing aircraft control and performance.|
|AVIA-1036||Aircraft AC Electrical Systems||4.5|
|This course is a comprehensive introduction to basic electrical theory and components used in aviation Alternating Current (AC) systems. Students will gain a familiarity with electrical equipment construction and operation, and its application in industry.|
|This course is the study of industry standards in the classification and use of common aircraft wire, connectors, control and protection devices, and hardware.|
|AVIA-1039||Aircraft Non-Metallic Structure & Comp||6|
|This course is the study of basic composite workshop safety and practices. It includes hands on practice with the identification and safe and proper use of common industry tools.|
|AVIA-1068||Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines||4.5|
|This course is the comprehensive study of aircraft turbine engines and their systems.|
|AVIA-1041||Aircraft Water, Fuel & Ignition Systems||4.5|
|This course is a continuation of the study of several of the systems found on modern aircraft. Students will gain a familiarity with the systems, their components and their operation in preparation for the next steps in maintenance.|
|AVIA-1042||Aircraft Airframe Electrical Systems||4.5|
|This course is a continuation of the comprehensive study of electrical systems with a focus on actual aircraft systems and their operation.|
|AVIA-1067||AMO Management: Records & Inspections||4.5|
|This course is a continuation of the study of the regulations as they affect the role of the AME working on Canadian registered aircraft and in an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO).|
|This course is a study of fault isolation in systems found on modern aircraft. Students will hone their familiarity with the systems and apply their systems knowledge to determine the factors affecting the proper operation of aircraft systems.|
|AVIA-1045||Aircraft Turbine Engine Maintenance||4.5|
|This course is a study of the maintenance requirements for turbine engines and their fuel systems.|
|AVIA-1046||Aircraft Starting & Indications||4.5|
|This course is a continuation of the study of several of the systems found on modern aircraft.Students will gain a familiarity with the systems, their components and their operation in preparation for the next steps in maintenance.|
|This course is an introduction to the field of avionics instruments as applicable to the M category AME.|
Careers - 2022/2023
Career OpportunitiesThis program provides eighteen months of Approved Basic Training credit towards the forty-eight months experience required to obtain a Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license in the 'M' Category, and prepares the students for careers with Canadian and international aircraft maintenance and aircraft manufacturing organizations. Upon graduation the student will be able to follow a career path that will allow them to pursue their license in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft in the M1 and M2 categories.
More Information - 2022/2023
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Campus Code: LCA (LCA - London Campus Airport)
16 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactNorton Wolf School of Aviation and Aerospace Technology: 519-452-4430 ext. 6370
Program DescriptionThe Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op) program is a Transport Canada approved program (TC-2013-08-4174) with a co-operative education component. This program provides the knowledge and skills required to start a career in fixed wing and helicopter maintenance. This program covers all aspects of aircraft maintenance; including systems used in general and corporate aviation, charter aviation, and transport category aircraft and helicopters.
- To receive a Transport Canada Accredited Diploma, students must achieve a minimum of 70% in theory in each and every course, 70% in practical in each and every course and 95% attendance for the entire program. Students who fail to meet these requirements may still receive an Ontario College Diploma from Fanshawe College, pending successful completion of all other requirements.
Co-operative EducationIn order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.
This is a two-year co-operative education program. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op
Applicants seeking a non Co-op Endorsed Diploma should apply to the Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program, Program Code AAM3.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
1. Inspect and service aircraft systems on large or small, fixed or rotary wing aircraft utilizing current and relevant theories of aerodynamics; aircraft; and mechanical, electrical, electronic, and engineering principles.
2. Inspect, test, troubleshoot, service, repair and overhaul aircraft in a manner that ensures adherence to Canadian aviation and company regulations of aircraft safety and airworthiness.
3. Evaluate fixed wing and rotary aircraft structures including transparencies, materials and fasteners, furnishings and fabric coverings, and lines and conduits, to complete maintenance, assembly, fabrication and repair work on large and small aircraft.
4. Perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections on aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components to ensure they are in proper working order and meet standards of performance and safety.
5. Install aircraft engines, parts, components and structures as part of routine and unscheduled maintenance and replacement tasks.
6. Diagnose malfunctions or other problems in aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components using technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, and standards of performance and safety.
7. Complete structural and non-structural repairs and modifications by following applicable procedures and safety precautions, and meeting industry standards.
8. Perform component wear and fatigue analysis using appropriate measuring devices to determine necessary repair or replacement tasks in order to maintain the aircraft’s airworthiness and safety.
9. Perform service, maintenance, repair, reconditioning, and modification procedures on aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components to maintain aircraft safety and airworthiness.
10. Dismantle airframes, aircraft engines and other systems for repair and overhaul.
11. Interpret written instructions, schematics, manufacturer's specifications, technical drawings, manuals, and computer based information correctly, effectively, and efficiently while performing routine and unscheduled tasks.
12. Maintain detailed inspection, repair, maintenance, and certification records and reports to meet industry regulations and logbook requirements.
13. Complete all work in a manner that enhances health, wellness, and personal wellbeing; reduces the risk of occupational and workplace injury; meets relation health, safety and environmental legislation; and conforms to occupational health and safety guidelines.
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.