The Aviation Techniques – Aircraft Maintenance program at Algonquin College, offered in partnership with Centennial College, teaches students the knowledge and skills required to equip themselves for work in the aircraft maintenance industry.
- Ontario College Certificate
- 1 Year
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In this one-year Ontario College Certificate program, offered in collaboration with Centennial College, students develop the knowledge and skills required to equip themselves for work in the aircraft maintenance industry. Through a series of classroom-based courses and practical labs, students learn to repair and maintain electrical and mechanical systems within an aircraft - hydraulics, fuels, environmental systems, engines, surface controls and undercarriage systems, and the aircraft's frame and external skin. The curriculum also covers aviation maintenance servicing practices, and procedures and aviation regulation requirements.
Students complete their first year at Algonquin College. Graduates are encouraged to continue their studies in the second year at Centennial College in either the Aviation Technician- Avionics Maintenance program or the Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program. With this additional year of studies, graduates are eligible for an Ontario College Diploma. Students may also be eligible for accreditation through Centennial College, which provides an 18-month experience credit towards a Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licence.
Those graduating from the Algonquin College Certificate program may find employment in entry level positions in aircraft and parts manufacturing and aircraft servicing. Those students continuing their education and successfully completing the Aviation Technician Program at Centennial College qualify to commence their apprenticeship toward their Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence.
This program is well-suited for students who:
- Have an appreciation for precise work.
- Are well-organized, attentive to detail and can work effectively under tight constraints.
- Have strong observational and analytical skills.
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Graduates of this Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance Ontario College Certificate program may find employment at an industry entry-level as an aviation technician. Graduates from the two-year Ontario College Diploma program may find work with aircraft maintenance organizations, aircraft manufacturing, research and development, and in component repair and overhaul shops. Many employers recognize completion of the two-year program with higher pay due to the increased training and experience. Completion of the two-year program further satisfies the structured training requirement to be eligible for Transport Canada's AME licence in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
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|AIR1090||Safety and Human Factors|
Fundamental requirements that ensure a safe and effective workplace environment are adressed. Furthermore, students concentrate on issues that arise in aviation environments and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training. In the human factors segment, students develop the knowledge to explain and prevent errors that can occur in an aviation environment.
|AIR1100||Piston Engines and Propellers|
Students explore the history and development of piston engines and propellers. They learn about engine components and accessories, types of piston engines, associated engine theory, engine ignition systems and operation fundamentals. Basic propeller theory, classification and nomenclature and propeller applications are explored. In practical activities, students identify major engine components, service engine lubrication systems, and identify engine characteristics, as well as combustion and valve timing components.
|AIR1110||Sheet Metal and Aircraft Structures|
Students explore the characteristics of aluminum alloys; the proper handling and storage of sheet metal; the procedures for the layout, cutting and drilling of sheet metal; the identification and installation of rivets; along with inspection and rivet removal techniques. Following appropriate documentation in the airworthiness manual, students review the process required to fabricate a repair on a simulated pressurized skin. With a focus on aircraft structure, students discuss aircraft construction and the parts of an aircraft, as well as stress and load distribution.
|AIR1120||Aircraft Maintenance:Tools, Materials and Processes|
Students develop a solid background in the tools and equipment required to maintain aircraft, the materials that are used in the construction and repair of aircraft, and the processes that are used to repair, and maintain aircraft and related aeronautical products.
|AIR1130||Theory of Flight|
Students review the physics involved in flight. Through lectures and in-class discussions, students improve their knowledge of the operation of an aircraft during flight, as well as on the ground.
Aircraft documentation and publications are an essential part of the regulatory environment of the airline industry. Students interpret the requirements for, and define the uses of, various aircraft publications and documents. Learning resources include, but are not limited to, maintenance manuals, wiring diagrams, parts catalogues and Federal Air Regulations.
|AIR1150||Aircraft Applied Mathematics|
Much of the daily work of an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) relies on the successful application of mathematical principles. Through lectures and in-class tutorials, students explore basic practical mathematical applications used by aircraft maintenance technicians in the industry, focusing primarily on aircraft weight and balance procedures.
Students develop a working knowledge of electrical formulas, components and circuits. Focus is placed on the enhancement of troubleshooting skills required for aircraft maintenance.
|AIR1170||Avionics Fundamentals 1|
Students explore the array of avionics systems used for aeronautical navigation. Through a modular, structured approach, students examine the theory of operation, the components and the indications of each system.
Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments.
The history and development, as well as the types and basic science of turbine engines are studied. Through lectures, videos, textbooks, handouts and practice, students examine propulsion principles, construction and design, Internal Air Systems, and engine components and accessories. Students also explore concepts related to turbine fuel, system components, Auxiliary Power Units, ignition and engine indicating systems. There are also opportunities for students to consider the aircraft instrumentation associated with turbine engines.
|AIR1360||Aircraft Hydraulics and Landing Gear|
Students develop the theory and basic skills necessary for inspection of aircraft and aircraft-related components. With the help of lectures and in-class discussion, students focus their attention on the knowledge and skills required to complete inspections of hydraulic systems, aircraft and helicopter and landing gear.
|AIR1370||Canadian Aviation Regulations|
Students learn the structure, purpose and applications of the Canadian Aviation Regulations. Through classroom presentation and online practice, students examine in detail the relevance of the CARs to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), the Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO), and to the privileges and responsibilities. Students also explore the philosophical, legal, and moral aspects of aircraft maintenance, aircraft maintenance management and aircraft maintenance quality assurance systems.
|AIR1380||Hangar - Maintenance Procedures|
Students experience the workplace environment of an aviation maintenance engineer (AME) first hand. Onsite, students are introduced to the hangar environment and work individually and collaboratively to complete basic aircraft maintenance tasks.
Students explore the structure, design, purpose and maintenance of various systems on board an aircraft.
|AIR1400||Aircraft Solid State and Data Bus Logic|
Fundamental concepts related to electronic components found in aircraft are adressed. Students also review the construction, and use and testing of semiconductor diodes and transistors. In the data bus logic component, students develop their knowledge of logic gates, numbering systems, data transfer and troubleshooting methods.
|AIR1410||Avionics Fundamentals 2|
Students concentrate primarily, but not exclusively, on avionics systems used for communication. With the aid of lectures and handouts, students move methodically through the system description, purpose, theory of operation and indications of each system being studied.
|AIR1420||Power Generation and Distribution|
Maintenance tasks involving aircraft electrical power generation and distribution systems are not without their challenges and hazards. Students concentrate primarily, but not exclusively, on generators, batteries, circuit control devices, wiring practices and standard electrical procedures. With the aid of lectures and demonstrations, students move methodically through the system description, purpose, theory of operation and indications of each system being studied.
Students develop a working knowledge of aircraft instruments. Through an exploration of the spectrum of instruments from mechanical/electrical to those that are electronic/computer driven, students use critical thinking to combine preventative maintenance strategies with troubleshooting skills.
|Choose one from equivalencies:||Hours|
|GED1503||General Education Elective|
Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.
Equivalencies: ADV2001 or ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENL7643 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1701 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003
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Tuition Fees: $1,266.75 per term.
Information Technology Fee: $62 per term. *
Incidental Fees: $25 in Level 01.
Student Activity/Sports Fee: $200.50 per term.
Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.
Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.
Health Service Fee: $20 per term.
Health Plan Fee: $117.02 paid once annually. **
A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.
A $25 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends
International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,400 per term.
* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/support/IT-Fee/index-it-fee.htm.
** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.
Required tools cost approximately $1,500 - $2,000 depending on student's choice between Avionics and Aircraft Maintenance. Books required cost approximately $800.
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eligibility for admission; OR
Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.
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Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.
Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.
International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.
For further information on the admissions process, contact:
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
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Algonquin College has signed an agreement with Centennial College for the use of their curriculum. The agreement also ensures that students who successfully complete the Algonquin College Aviation Techniques - Aircraft Maintenance program will be accepted into semester 03 of the Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance or Aviation Technician - Avionics Maintenance programs at Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario.
Some practical labs will be scheduled off campus at the Canada Aviation Museum, Transport Canada Aircraft Services and the Ottawa Flying Club. Students are responsible for transportation and associated costs.
Note: The program runs in a 16-week semester in the fall, and in a 20 week-semester in Winter. Start date is one week prior to most other College programs.
For more information, please contact Bruce Dwyer, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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