Aviation Technician - Avionics Maintenance

The Program

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, Students of the the Transport Canada approved Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance program learn to become a vital and specialized member of the aviation team. They learn about all aspects of aircraft avionics systems used in general aviation, corporate, charter transport category aircraft and helicopters.

Hiring a cooperative education student provides you an opportunity to “preview” potential employees, and build relationships and loyalty for your future staffing needs.  You’ll be supporting the growth and security of your industry. 

Fall Intake:



Feb- May


Year 1

Acad. 1

Acad. 2

Work 1

Year 2

Acad. 3

Acad. 4

Work 2


Along with developing cutting-edge computer and electronic systems skills, students also study aerodynamics, safety and flight control systems. As well, with aircraft constantly evolving and improving, they have opportunities to adapt and upgrade your skills as they progress through the program, embarking on a life-long learning journey. There is enhanced learning on the part of students due to e integration of the academic and experiential learning.


Graduates will be prepared for an exciting career with Canadian and international avionics-approved shops and aircraft manufacturing companies.

Skill Levels

Year One

  • Apply scheduling, task co-ordination, and organizational skills to facilitate the completion of tasks and to meet deadlines in the workplace
  • Co-ordinate the receiving, analyzing, distributing and responding to electronic and paper communications to facilitate the flow of information in the workplace
  • Produce accurate financial records for the workplace within a specified time frame by compiling information and using appropriate software
  • Produce accurate business correspondence by a specified deadline using available computer technology
  • Use effective interpersonal skills in the workplace to assist the completion of individual and team tasks, to ensure effective customer service and to promote the image of the organization
  • Use the Internet and its tools in a business setting to enhance communication and business opportunities


Year Two

  • Assess, establish and maintain data management systems to ensure organized electronic and paper records for the workplace
  • Research, develop and present a report substantiating the selection of resources or services for the workplace using written and oral presentation techniques and appropriate technology
  • Manage a personal computer
  • Troubleshoot and show initiative in the creation and production of accurate, organized business documents within a specified time frame
  • Provide technical support and training related to computer software to others in the workplace as required

Course Outline


Level 1:

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Level 2:

Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

AVIA-1002     Avionics & WHMIS-Intro

AVIA-1003     Avionics Electrical Fundamentals

AVIA-1004     Avionics Electronic Fundamentals

MATH-1180   Mathematics for Avionics Maintenance 

PHYS-1038   Physics for Avionics Maintenance

COOP-1020  Co-op Employment Preparation

AVIA-1005    Avionics Digital Fundamentals

AVIA-1006    Avionics Radio Theory

AVIA-1007    Aviation Maintenance Practices

AVIA-1008    Aircraft Aerodynamics

AVIA-1009    Aircraft Structures

Level 3

Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Level 4

Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

AVIA-1010   Aircraft Materials & Hardware

AVIA-1011   Aircraft Electrical Power

AVIA-1012   Aircraft Propulsion

AVIA-1013   Aircraft Engine Instruments

AVIA-1014   Aircraft Fuels Systems

AVIA-1015   Aircraft Hyd/Pneumatic/Landing Gear Syst.

AVIA-1016   Aircraft Environmental/Safety Systems

AVIA-1017   Aircraft Flight Instruments

AVIA-1018   Aircraft Internal Communications

AVIA-1019          Aircraft Wireless Communications Systems

AVIA-1020          Aircraft Radio Navigation Systems

AVIA-1021          Aircraft Automatic Flight Control System 4.00

AVIA-1022          Avionics Installations & Standard Prac. 4.50

AVIA-1023          Flight Line Maintenance Practices –

Please Note:

For complete Degree Audit details please contact the Office of the Registrar at Fanshawe College.

Why Should You Hire a Co-op Student?

Many employers feel today’s graduates have no concepts of the “real” world of work; we are providing this experience in Co-op.  Any job that gives the student related background in your business would be suitable.

Co-op students are ultimately looking ahead to careers in businesses such as yours.  For this reason they’re not expecting to simply put in time on the job, but are eager to get involved and make a worthwhile contribution.  Participation in Co-op also gives the employer the opportunity to try out a student’s capabilities without obligation or commitment to permanent employment.

This work oriented educational system integrates classroom study and paid, on-the-job work experience, by alternating periods in College with periods of employment by co-operating companies.

It is essential that the work experience be a normal one; that the student be treated like a regular company employee so that a realistic picture of the working environment in that field may be obtained.  Perhaps most important is what students may gain from the working experience, ie. what is to be discovered, attitude to work, and the ability to get along with co-workers at all levels.

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