Applied Aerospace Manufacturing

Applied Aerospace Manufacturing is a one-year graduate program for students with previous knowledge who want to gain the skills required for a career in aircraft maintenance and repair. Students will learn the use of aircraft maintenance tools, assembly and structural analysis techniques.


Location: London - Airport.

Fanshawe’s Applied Aerospace Manufacturing is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program that will provide students with the specialized knowledge and skills required for a career in aircraft maintenance and repair.

The curriculum is designed around the standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry (AS9100) to prepare graduates for a work environment that adheres to that system's requirements.

Practical elements of aerospace manufacturing skills, work-environment readiness, safety management systems, materials handling and tooling will be the focus of this Graduate Certificate. The program will be delivered in a face-to-face (web-facilitated) format.

Program Overview

This One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program enables the understanding of different Aerospace systems and operations of the aircraft along with the applicable airworthiness Standards and Regulations (Transport Canada, FAA, EASA). The curriculum is centered around the AS9100 Quality Management System Standard in Aerospace. Students practice Lean Manufacturing techniques on 'Mock aerospace manufacturing facility'; Analyze Quality control problems by making use of Six Sigma and DMAIC methodology through dynamic Concurrent Engineering processes; Operational and stability control pertaining to Aircraft Mechanics. In their final term, students work on real-life Aerospace Case Study to produce an optimum solution to streamline production.

The students experience hands-on use of aircraft maintenance tools, assembly & structural analysis techniques, and troubleshooting & installation of avionic systems. They are also given extensive training on CATIA - an aerospace design software (used by Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier etc.), to design new aerospace parts and perform reverse engineering on existing certified parts. This program is designed for students having an Engineering background.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Applied Aerospace Manufacturing (AMF) program will be prepared to apply their skills in aircraft design, maintenance, repair and quality improvement to career opportunities, including (but not limited to): Aircraft Design Engineer, Quality and Certifications, Methods Engineer, Structural Assembler, Quality Inspector, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Analyst and Project Coordinators, Manual Assembler, Materials Engineer, Systems’ Support Expert, CATIA specialist, Lean Six Sigma Expert and AS9100 Consultant.

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 Applied Aerospace Manufacturing program:

CNC Machinist
Work with a variety of computer numeric controlled (CNC) heavy machinery to set up, operate and maintain equipment that produce parts and tools from metal, plastic and other material. 

Robotics and Automation Technician
Monitor and identify system faults and issues, and take corrective action to maximum production of the robotic system used on site.

Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer 

Deliver timely and innovative aircraft solutions to ensure corporate, commercial and military customers’ aircraft are safe and flight ready.


Learning Outcomes

1. Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, airworthiness standards, manufacturers’ specifications, and health and safety regulations.

2. Evaluate and apply quality control and quality assurance techniques for the design, analysis, and production of aerospace components, processes, and systems.

3. Analyze and solve aerospace manufacturing problems using technical mathematics and appropriate hardware and software.

4. Interpret, prepare, and modify engineering drawings for use in aerospace design and manufacturing applications.

5. Manufacture, assemble, maintain, and repair mechanical, electrical/electronic, and avionics components used in aerospace applications.

6. Inspect, test, and troubleshoot components and parts and propose strategies for improving their design or production.

7. Plan, implement, and evaluate an aerospace manufacturing project to address an industry-, organization-, or production-specific need.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London - Airport
2023 January
London - Airport
2023 May
London - Airport

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
London - Airport
2023 May
London - Airport

Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Hassaan Qureshi

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks

Admission Requirements

One of:
Ontario College Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Degree in Engineering from a Canadian Engineering accredited program or equivalent international degree in the field of engineering.
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
Acceptable combination of relevant education and work experience in the field of aerospace manufacturing/engineering as judged by the College to be equivalent*

* Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.

English Language Requirements

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 88 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 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 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 70 with no score less than 60 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 59, 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 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% 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 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
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

Tuition Summary

London - Airport

Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*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.



Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
AVIA-6001Aircraft Mechanics2.5
This course will provide an overview of the physics applied on the aircraft through an introduction to aerospace engineering techniques, tooling, and procedures including regulations and certification procedures and health and safety requirements. Skills for reading and interpreting aircraft drawings and associated symbols will also be taught.
COMM-6039Leadership, Professionalism & Comm3
In this course, students will be introduced to the concepts and tenets of effective leadership and professionalism in the aerospace industry. Students will engage in professional conduct and communication, both written and verbal, with a specific focus on industry communication standards.
AVIA-6002Standards, Regulations & Certifications1.5
This course provides an overview of aviation standards, regulations and certification procedures; regulatory areas; air traffic procedures; aviation law for engineering; and airworthiness regulations. The course will also introduce human factors related to engineering standards and safety including the use of safety management systems to identify risk and hazards. Students will investigate the most common human errors that occur during an aerospace project and the industry processes and standards in place to address those errors.
MGMT-6113Lean Manufacturing1.5
The fundamental principles, tools, and concepts for lean manufacturing in the aerospace industry will be presented in this course. Students will use lean analysis tools and performance measurements including standardized work and setup reduction. The course will include an examination of the current state, systems, and strategies used for aerospace manufacturing.
AVIA-6003Composites/Additives & Materials3.5
This course provides a comprehensive overview of materials processing with special emphasis on aerospace engineering materials and protection against failure including corrosion, fatigue, creep failure, fracture, and wear. Castings (process and defects) and non-destructive testing will also be addressed.
AVIA-6004Avionic System Design & Installation4
Avionics systems and their purpose, installation, and troubleshooting procedures will be introduced in this course. Students will be exposed to standard communication and navigation systems, cockpit display configurations, classifications, and related flight management systems. The course will also examine future trends in avionics and how those trends may affect aerospace manufacturing.
CADD-6003Computer Aided Aerospace Design5
This course focuses on how aerospace systems are designed and mapped using computer-aided design software. Students will acquire the fundamental skills of implementing that design software to interpret design applications and optimize the design of aerospace parts using a case-study approach.
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