Program Overview

Aviation Technician - Avionics Maintenance (Co-op) is a two-year Ontario college diploma program. Students will learn about aircraft avionics systems used in general aviation, corporate, charter transport category aircraft, and helicopters. Graduates gain cutting edge electronic system skills and knowledge on aerodynamics, safety, and flight control systems.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
64 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

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

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London - Airport
2023 September
London - Airport

Your Learning Experience

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 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.


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities

The Aviation Technician – Avionics 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!

  • Apprentice avionics engineer
    Research problems associated with flight safety systems, landing gear and electronic navigation systems.
  • Avionics assembler
    Assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts to fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft.
  • Electronic equipment maintenance technician
    Repair, conduct and test a variety of electrical systems and products.

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 – Avionics Maintenance program prepares graduates for careers with Canadian aircraft maintenance and aircraft manufacturing organizations. It also provides 18 months of approved basic training credit towards the 48 months experience required to obtain a Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license, 'E' Category.

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

Program Progression


Fall intake:





Year 1

Level 1

Level 2

Work 1

Year 2

Level 3

Level 4

Work 2





aviation technicians working on an airplane

"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."

Philip Anderson
13F Avionics


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. 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 Coordinator:

Kelly Moffatt


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.
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 – 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.  


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
AVIA-1086Avionics & WHMIS-Intro3
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 may obtain the Canadian Restricted Operator's Certificate with the Aeronautical Designation."
AVIA-1097Avionics Electrical Fundamentals9
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-1098Avionics Electronic Fundamentals6
This course is an introduction to the theory of electronic component, circuit and servomechanism fundamentals.
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.
AVIA-1099Aircraft Engine Instruments4.5
This course is the study of basic engine and aircraft system monitoring and indicating concepts, methods and maintenance practices.
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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.