Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance


Ontario College Diploma

Area Of Interest



2 years

Program Code



Thunder Bay


Start Dates: Fall Start (September)

This program is a Co-operative Education Program.

Sure, putting together small engines or fixing up cars can be fun. But do you have what it takes to keep a precision aircraft flying with all its systems, power plants, and aerodynamics?

Students enrolled in this program have completed their co-op at Air Canada, Air Tindi, Bearskin Airlines, Wasaya Airlines, Thunder Airlines, Levaero Aviation and more!

Confederation College’s two-year Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance Co-op diploma program teaches you everything you need to know to prepare for the Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license. Get the hands-on experience you need to maintain, repair and troubleshoot complex aircraft systems. Topics include aircraft construction and science, electrical and electronics, airframe systems and inspection, rotary wing (helicopter) maintenance and structural repair.

Top Highlights

  • Designed and developed in consultation with the aircraft industry and Transport Canada
  • Hands-on learning with real equipment and a paid co-op work placement between 1st and 2nd year.
  • Receive 18-month credit towards experience requirements for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Category “M” license (with 95% attendance record)
  • Receive your WHMIS certificate, Human Factors certificate and Aeronautical Restricted Radio Operator license upon successful completion of those areas



    Program Learning Outcomes

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. inspect and service aircraft systems utilizing current and relevant theories and principles.
    2. inspect, test, troubleshoot, evaluate, service and repair aircraft and components.
    3. perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections on aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components to airworthiness standards.
    4. install aircraft engines, parts, components and structures as part of routine and unscheduled maintenance.
    5. diagnose malfunctions or other problems in aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components using technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, and standards of performance and safety.
    6. complete structural and non-structural repairs and modifications by following applicable procedures and safety precautions, and meeting airworthiness standards.          
    7. perform component analysis using appropriate measuring devices to determine wear and fatigue repair or replacement tasks in order to maintain the aircraft’s airworthiness and safety.
    8. perform service, maintenance, repair and modification procedures on aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components to maintain aircraft safety and airworthiness.
    9. dismantle and reassemble airframes, aircraft engines and other systems for inspection and repair.
    10. interpret written instructions, schematics, manufacturer's specifications, technical drawings, manuals, and computer-based information while performing routine and unscheduled tasks.
    11. maintain detailed inspection, repair, maintenance, and certification records and reports to meet Canadian aviation regulations and logbook requirements.
    12. perform all duties in a manner that ensures adherence to Canadian aviation regulations, airworthiness standards and workplace safety.
    13. identify and apply discipline-specific factors that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.
    The Confederation College Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program allowed me to follow my dreams and laid the foundations required to...
    Mark Walraad
    Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
    Confederation College was a wonderful experience for me. The professors were very helpful and supportive and the international office staff helped me...
    Shunyu from Shenyang, China

    Employment Opportunities

    Graduates have found employment with Fixed Base Operators, Regional Carriers and the Major Airlines. The fixed wing and rotary wing training has afforded the graduate the option of completing his/her apprenticeship on either aircraft or helicopters. Graduates of this program are employed nationally and internationally, either in maintenance or in the overhaul of aircraft, helicopters, engines and components.

    Career categories include aircraft maintenance engineers (AME), aircraft inspectors, aircraft gas turbine engine technicians and aircraft structural repair technicians.

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    Danny Greer

    Program Coordinator
    (807) 473-2429

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