Program Overview

Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op) is a two-year Ontario college diploma program. Students will learn about the aspects of aircraft systems used in general aviation, corporate, transport category aircraft, and helicopters. Graduates will be prepared for a career within domestic or international aircraft maintenance and aviation manufacturing organizations.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
64 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
London - Airport
2024 September
London - Airport
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London - Airport
2023 September
London - Airport

Your Learning Experience

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 your progress through the program, embarking on a life-long learning journey.

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.

The 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.


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information ​​​​​​

Co-op Opportunities 

The Aircraft Maintenance program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience within their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some Aircraft Maintenance students before even graduating! 

Jazz Maintenance
Work with technical records, lease return, in-service engineering and technical service, component repair and line maintenance. 

AME Avionic Apprentice
Inspect and maintain airworthiness standard, minor and major repairs on aircraft, refurbishments, planning and technical records.

Maintenance & Avionics Program YYZ & YHZ
Job shadow/work with a wide-range of departments, including technical records, lease return, in-service engineering, stores, component repair and maintenance quality.

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.

Career Information

Fanshawe’s Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program prepares graduates for a career with Canadian and international aircraft maintenance and aircraft manufacturing organizations. Students who successfully meet the Transport Canada requirements will achieve 18 months of approved basic training credit towards the 48 months experience required to obtain a Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license, 'M' Category. Graduates will have the knowledge and experience to pursue their license in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft in the M1 and M2 categories.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program:

Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Assist the maintenance and care of aircraft and their related systems. This can be with general aviation, corporate or transport category companies.

Airport Flight Line Technician
Assist in the maintenance and safe operation of a ground support equipment and municipal airport maintenance in accordance with government regulations, airport policies and procedures.

Aerospace Manufacturing
Work for various manufacturing companies such as engine, landing gear, aircraft systems and structure manufacturing. This can include field service and on aircraft diagnosis.



Program Progression


Fall intake:





Year 1

Level 1

Level 2

Work 1

Year 2

Level 3

Level 4

Work 2






Photo of Nick Hazenberg

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.

Nick Hazenberg
2017 graduate, Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance. Working at: Air Tindi Ltd., Yellowknife, NWT


This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

Learning Outcomes

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.



Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following courses:

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Math (C or U)

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admission requirements for this program.
Competitive Programs
This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see for details. 
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


Learn More about English Language Requirements

Recommended Academic Preparation

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 Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. 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)
  3. 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.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
AVIA-1064Shop Safety & Aircraft Tools3
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-1025Aircraft Corrosion Control3
This course is the study of the materials of modern aircraft and the processes involved in protecting them from their environment.
AVIA-1050Fixed Wing Aerodynamics4.5
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-1065Aircraft Reciprocating Engines6
This course is the comprehensive study of aircraft reciprocating engines and their systems.
AVIA-1052Aircraft Propellers1.5
This course is the comprehensive study of aircraft propellers and their systems.
AVIA-1030Aircraft DC Electrical Systems4.5
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-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
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-1105Strategies for AME Communication3
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.
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Tuition Summary

London - Airport

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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.