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Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics (Co-op)

Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance & Avionics is a three-year Ontario college advanced diploma program. Students will learn all aspects of aircraft maintenance including systems used in aviation. Students will also learn avionics training for service, repair, and maintenance. Graduates of this program can apply for maintenance or electrical category licensing which allows for a greater scope of career opportunities

Overview

This program will cover all aspects of aircraft maintenance including systems used in general aviation, corporate, and transport category aircraft as well as helicopters.

The program will also include avionics training for service, repair, and maintenance of aircraft electrical and electronic systems such as communication, navigation and data systems.

The interdisciplinary nature of this program, pairing maintenance and avionics, will provide students who successfully complete the Transport Canada requirements, with 24 months accreditation towards a prospective Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License, six months over and above the existing Aircraft Maintenance diploma program currently approved by Transport Canada (TC-2013-08-4174).

Program Overview

The Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics (Co-op) Advanced Diploma is a Transport Canada approved program (TC-2018-02-4248) that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to start a career in aircraft maintenance and/or  avionics maintenance. This program will cover all aspects of aircraft maintenance including systems used in general aviation, corporate, and transport category aircraft as well as helicopters. The program will also include avionics training for service, repair, and maintenance of aircraft electrical and electronic systems such as communication, navigation, and data systems.

Training provides opportunity for ab initio-trained Maintenance Technicians to log the appropriately required demonstrated skills in both maintenance and avionics, thereby permitting them to apply for 'M' (or Maintenance) or 'E' (Electrical or Avionics) category licensing, post apprenticeship.

This will permit graduates to apply for either 'M' or 'E' category licensing, which allows for greater scope of work and greater flexibility to move between the disciplines of Maintenance and Avionics much more fluidly. Graduates may enjoy greater job prospects due to this breadth of knowledge and interdisciplinary background.

 

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 coop@fanshawec.ca 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:

Motor Pool Fleet Assistant
Assist the fleet coordinator and motor pool mechanic in the maintenance, readiness, fuel management and scheduling of all motor pool vehicles and equipment.

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

Ramp Service Agent
Marshall aircraft during arrival and departure, unload passenger luggage, operate aircraft in-plane system and assist flight crews.

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Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Service, test, troubleshoot and repair aircraft and systems on large or small, fixed or rotary wing aircraft in accordance with manufacturers' specified instructions, accepted aviation techniques/practices and the requirements of the Canadian aviation regulations.
2. Evaluate fixed wing and rotary aircraft structures and complete maintenance, assembly, fabrication, and structural repair work on large and small aircrafts in accordance with technical manuals, standard practices, and standards of performance and safety.
3. Perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections on aircraft structural, operational, environmental, communication, navigation, surveillance, and flight guidance systems to ensure they are in proper working order and meet standards of performance and safety.
4. Remove, install, and configure airframe and avionics parts, components, and line replaceable units as part of unscheduled maintenance and out-of-phase tasks.
5. Remove, install, and configure the aircraft power plant and accessories on both turbine and piston engines.
6. Remove, install, configure, test, and evaluate function and operation of instrument, communication, navigation, surveillance, and flight guidance systems.
7. Diagnose malfunctions and defects in aircraft systems, avionics systems, and related components using technical manuals, drawings, wiring diagrams, engineering orders, and standards of performance and safety.
8. Evaluate component wear and fatigue using appropriate measuring devices to determine necessary repair or replacement tasks in order to maintain the aircraft’s airworthiness and safety.
9. Complete airworthiness directives, manufacturers' service bulletin, and engineering modification tasks on aircraft systems, avionics systems, and structures.
10. Dismantle and reassemble airframes, aircraft engines, and electrical and electronic systems for repair and overhaul.
11. Interpret written instructions, schematics, manufacturers' specifications, technical drawings, manuals, and computer-based information 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. Perform all work in accordance with health and safety regulations, manufacturers' specifications, and Transport Canada guidelines.
14. Evaluate, modify and implement quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London - Airport
Waitlisted

Program Details

Program Code
AVI2

Program Coordinator:

Tim Anderson

Delivery
Co-op
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Admission Requirements

OSSD 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)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above
Competitive Programs
This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details. 
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 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

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
Note:
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics (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 Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics (Co-op) program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics (Co-op)program.

Tuition Summary

London - Airport

Canadian Costs
$19,052.22
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$59,836.14
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.

 

Courses

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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