Overview - 2022/2023
The electronic communication and navigation system is the heart of all aircraft. They are vital to the safety and success of all flights, no matter the journey or destination. Specializing in repairing and maintaining these systems is a vital piece of the aviation industry that produces rewarding and in-demand careers.
With the Transport Canada approved Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program, you’ll learn to become a vital and specialized member of the aviation team. You’ll learn about all aspects of aircraft avionics 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 aerodynamics, safety and flight control systems. 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.
When you graduate, you'll be prepared for an exciting career with Canadian and international avionics-approved shops and aircraft manufacturing companies.
"The Avionics program at Fanshawe College introduced me to a whole new perspective on the industry, giving me a new respect for the responsibilities taken on by AMEs, and I can't wait to count myself as one of them."
Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
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 – Avionics 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 – Avionics Maintenance (Co-op) program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance (Co-op) program.
Aviation Technician - Avionics Maintenance (Co-op)-2022/2023
|AVIA-1086||Avionics & WHMIS-Intro||3|
|This course is an introduction to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category E License. It outlines the requirements and processes as well as the roles and responsibilities of the AME. This course also introduces the students to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System as it applies to the field of aircraft maintenance. The students will also obtain the Canadian Restricted Operator's Certificate with the Aeronautical Designation.|
|AVIA-1085||Avionics Electrical Fundamentals||12|
|This course is a comprehensive introduction to basic electrical theory and components used in aviation. Students will gain a familiarity with electrical equipment construction and operation, and its application in industry. The program contains a good balance of theory and practical considerations.|
|AVIA-1004||Avionics Electronic Fundamentals||7.5|
|This course is an introduction to the theory of electronic component, circuit and servomechanism fundamentals.|
|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-1087||Aviation Maintenance Practices||3|
|This course introduces students to Safety Precautions Aircraft & Work Shop practices, focusing on Hand Tools, Power Tools, Workshop Practices, Measuring & Layout Tools, Fits & Clearances, Electrical Cables, Electrical Connectors, Sheet Metal Processes, Engineering Drawings, Diagrams & Standards and Technical Data Records.|
|This course is the study of the atmosphere and its effects on aerodynamics, theory of flight, stability and dynamics of both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft.|
|This course is the study of basic concepts of aircraft structure and materials maintenance.It includes hands on practice in minor structural repair and modifications as it appliesto the AME Cat. E. job scope.|
|AVIA-1061||Hydraulic/Pneumatic/Landing Gear Systems||1.5|
|This course is the study of aircraft hydraulic, pneumatic and landing gear system basics with emphasis on the system electrical and electronic components.|
|AVIA-1010||Aircraft Materials & Hardware||2.5|
|This course is the study of industry standards in the classification and use of common aircraft wire, connectors, control and protection devices, and hardware.|
|This course is the study of aircraft propulsion systems fundamentals.|
|AVIA-1013||Aircraft Engine Instruments||3|
|This course is the study of basic engine and aircraft system monitoring and indicating concepts, methods and maintenance practices.|
|AVIA-1014||Aircraft Fuels Systems||1.5|
|This course is the study of aircraft fuel control, holding and indicating systems fundamentals.|
|AVIA-1060||Aircraft Environmental & Safety Systems||1.5|
|This course is the study of aircraft environmental control and aircraft safety systems basics with emphasis on the electrical and electronic system components.|
|AVIA-1011||Aircraft Electrical Power||4.5|
|This course is the study of basic aircraft power and lighting distribution concepts and maintenance practices.|
|AVIA-1017||Aircraft Flight Instruments||4|
|This course is a study of common aircraft flight instrument basics and their system configurations.It includes system testing maintenance procedures and practices.|
|AVIA-1018||Aircraft Internal Communications||1.5|
|This course is a study of common aircraft internal communication system basics and their aircraft configurations. It includes system testing and maintenance procedures and practices.|
|AVIA-1058||Avionics Digital Fundamentals||6|
|This course is designed to introduce student to Electronic Flight Instruments, including Numbering Systems, Data Conversion, Data Buses, Logic Circuits, Microprocessors, Integrated Circuits, Multiplexing, Fiber Optics, Electronic Displays, Electrostatic Sensitive Devices, Software Management Control and the general Electromagnetic Environment.|
|AVIA-1006||Avionics Radio Theory||5.5|
|This course is a study of the basic principles of radio transmission, reception and radio coveragetechniques used in aircraft radio systems.|
|AVIA-1062||Aircraft Wireless Communications Systems||3|
|This course introduces student to common wireless communication systems such as, Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitters, Aircraft VHF Communication Systems, Aircraft HF Communication Systems, Aircraft Selective Calling Systems, Aircraft ACARS Systems, Aircraft Radiotelephone Systems, and Aircraft SATCOM Systems.|
|AVIA-1020||Aircraft Radio Navigation Systems||4.5|
|This course is a study of common aircraft radio navigation and secondary surveillance radarsystem basics and their aircraft configurations. It includes system testing and maintenance procedures and practices.|
|AVIA-1063||Aircraft Automatic Flight Control System||3|
|This course introduces students to Automatic Flight Control Systems, such as, Aircraft Radar Altimeters Aircraft Weather Radars,Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems, Inertial Navigation and Automatic Flight Control Systems. GAC-21H Stability Augmentation Systems GAC-21I Aircraft Flight Management.|
|AVIA-1022||Avionics Installations & Standard Prac.||4.5|
|This course is a study and performance of aircraft avionic system installation procedures, practicesand regulations.|
|AVIA-1023||Flight Line Maintenance Practices||4.5|
|This course is a study of common aircraft avionic systems testing, trouble shooting and repairprocedures, standards and regulations.|
Careers - 2022/2023
This 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 'E' Category, and prepares the students for careers with Canadian and international aircraft maintenance and aircraft manufacturing organizations.
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 - Avionics Maintenance (Co-op) program is a Transport Canada approved program (TC-2011-08-4128) with a co-operative education component. This program provides the knowledge and skills required to start a career in aircraft avionics maintenance, which is responsible for servicing, repair and maintenance of aircraft electrical and electronics systems such as communication, navigation and data systems. This program covers all aspects of aircraft avionics systems used in general aviation, corporate, charter 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 - Avionics Maintenance program, Program Code AVM3
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
1. Apply the current regulatory requirements to the safety and airworthiness of aircraft.
2. Perform major and minor maintenance tasks on airframes and engines.
3. Install and maintain aircraft electrical systems.
4. Install and maintain aircraft instrument systems.
5. Install and maintain aircraft avionic and flight control systems.
6. Apply the principles and practices of aircraft maintenance engineer category “E” to all work situations.
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.