Aircraft Maintenance Technician

The Aircraft Maintenance Technician program at Algonquin College, teaches students the knowledge and skills required to equip themselves for work in the aircraft maintenance industry.

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 1522X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program provides students interested in pursuing a career in the aircraft maintenance industry with the necessary knowledge and skills. Recent growth in the aviation sector combined with higher than usual retirement rates have prompted many employers and manufacturers to revise hiring projections and are predicting a shortage of skilled and licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs).

Through a series of classroom-based courses and extensive practical labs, students maintain and repair electrical and mechanical systems within an aircraft including hydraulic, fuel, environmental, engine, control surfaces and undercarriage and the aircraft`s frame and external skin. Central focus is on aircraft maintenance practices and procedures, as well as aviation regulation requirements.

Graduates with a prescribed academic standing are eligible for accreditation by Transport Canada, which provides an 18-month experience credit towards a Transport Canada AME licence. Graduates of the program may find work with aircraft maintenance organizations, aircraft manufacturing, research and development, and component repair and overhaul shops. Many employers recognize completion of a Transport Canada accredited program with higher pay due to the increased training experience.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Function well both individually and in a team environment.
  • Possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Are able to effectively handle physically demanding situations.
  • Have an appreciation for precise and accurate work.
  • Are mechanically inclined.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as an aircraft maintenance technician in areas of local, regional and national manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overall of aircraft and components.

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 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, technical drawings 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 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 practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
AIR1090 Safety and Human Factors Possessing the ability to identify and action potential safety issues is paramount in the aviation industry to ensure safety for all. Divided into two segments, students examine fundamental requirements that ensure a safe and effective workplace environment. In the workplace safety segment, 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. 32.0
AIR1100 Piston Engines and Propellers I Light aircraft utilize a variety of engines and propellers. Students explore the history and development of piston engines and propellers and learn about engine components and accessories, types of piston engines, associated engine theory, engine ignition systems and operation fundamentals. Students examine basic propeller theory, classification and nomenclature and propeller applications. In practical activities, students identify major engine components, engine lubrication systems and engine characteristics, as well as combustion and valve timing components. 32.0
AIR1110 Sheet Metal and Aircraft Structures Knowledge of materials and structures used in aircraft manufacturing is key to maintaining modern aircraft. Students examine 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 and the 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. 112.0
AIR1120 Tools, Materials, and Processes I Proper use and safety of tools in the aircraft industry are paramount. 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. 48.0
AIR1130 Theory of Flight Knowledge of the principles of flight is essential to safety. Students review the physics involved in flight. Through lectures and in-class discussions, students develop knowledge of the operation of an aircraft during flight, as well as on the ground. 32.0
AIR1140 Aircraft Publications Documentation and publications are an essential part of the regulatory environment of the aviation industry. Students interpret the requirements for, and define the uses of various aircraft publications and documents. Learning resources include maintenance manuals, wiring diagrams, parts catalogues and Federal Air Regulations. 32.0
AIR1150 Aircraft Applied Mathematics Much of the daily work of an aircraft maintenance engineer 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. 32.0
AIR1160 Electrical Fundamentals Possessing a fundamental working knowledge of electricity is a required skill in aircraft maintenance. Students develop a working knowledge of electrical formulas, components and circuits. Topics include AC, DC, Ohm's Law, capacitors and resistors among others. Focus is on the enhancement of electrical skills and knowledge required for aircraft maintenance. 80.0
AIR1170 Avionics I Knowledge of avionics systems is foundational to maintaining and troubleshooting aircraft. Students explore the array of avionics systems used for aeronautical navigation. Through a modular, structured approach, students examine the theory of operation, components and the indications of each system. 48.0
ENL1813T Communications I 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 practice 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. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
AIR1350 Turbine Engines I Large aircraft utilize a variety of turbine engine propulsion systems. Students study the history and development, as well as the types and basic science of turbine engines. 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, engine indicating systems and instrumentation associated with turbine engines. 40.0
AIR1360 Aircraft Hydraulics and Landing Gear Hydraulics systems are commonly used in aircraft. 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 develop knowledge and skills required to complete inspections of hydraulic systems, and of aircraft helicopter landing gear. 40.0
AIR1370 Canadian Aviation Regulations Aviation is a highly regulated industry where written and oral workplace communication is critical. Students learn the structure, purpose and applications of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). 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 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. 40.0
AIR1380 Hangar Maintenance Procedures Aircraft hangars are a secure, hazard-rich environment where safety and procedures are critical. Students experience the workplace environment of an aviation maintenance engineer first hand. Onsite, students examine the hangar environment and work individually and collaboratively to complete basic aircraft maintenance tasks. Through project-based activities, students cultivate the skills and knowledge required to complete a variety of aircraft maintenance tasks. 80.0
AIR1390 Airframe Systems Complex aircraft systems require in-depth knowledge of maintenance and interdependencies. Students explore the structure, design, purpose and maintenance of various systems on board an aircraft. Through class discussion, lecture and hands-on activities in the classroom, students continue to expand abilities in relation to aircraft systems. 80.0
AIR1400 Aircraft Solid State and Data Bus Logic Aircraft systems function by using electronic components. Students review the construction, and use and testing of semiconductor diodes and transistors. Through theory-based class relying on lectures, discussions and activities, students develop their knowledge of logic gates, numbering systems, data transfer and troubleshooting methods.

Prerequisites: AIR1160
AIR1410 Avionics II Inflight communications and autoflight systems are critical to aircraft operations. Students concentrate primarily, but not exclusively, on avionics systems used for communication and autoflight. With the aid of lectures and learning resources, students study the purpose, theory of operation and indications of each system. 60.0
AIR1420 Power Generation and Distribution Maintenance tasks involving aircraft electrical power generation and distribution systems are not without their challenges and hazards. Students concentrate on generators, batteries, circuit control devices, wiring practices and standard, electrical procedures. With the aid of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and lab projects, students examine the theory, use, troubleshooting and maintenance of various electrical systems.

Prerequisites: AIR1160
AIR1430 Aircraft Instruments Modern aircraft employ complex instrumentation systems to provide pilots feedback on systems operations. 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. 40.0
GEN2007 Community Service Volunteerism not only benefits a community, it can broaden the worldview of the volunteer. Students who give their time and energy to a particular cause, gain an opportunity to reflect on the value of the volunteer in contemporary society. Through research and discussion, students consider different types of volunteer settings, trace the history of volunteer organizations, examine the various roles volunteers play within society and reflect on ethical issues. 45.0
Level: 03 Hours
AIR2480 Materials and Processes II Modern aircraft employ a variety of materials in their construction and design. Students learn different methods of aircraft and component construction, aircraft inspection and aircraft repair. Students examine aircraft materials and processes, with an emphasis on wooden structures, fabric coverings, aircraft transparencies and composite materials.

Prerequisites: AIR1120
AIR2490 Piston Engines II Many light aircraft use piston engines as a means of propulsion. Students apply knowledge and skills of the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of piston engines including carburetion, fuel injection, maintenance practices, engine removal/installation and troubleshooting. Through a hands-on lab-based environment, students apply their knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting principles and practices obtained during classroom activities utilizing various types of tools and equipment.

Prerequisites: AIR1100
AIR2500 Rotary Wing Controls The aviation industry in Canada is highly dependent on rotary wing aircraft. Students examine the design, operation, and maintenance of the dynamic components and control systems of rotary wing aircraft including helicopter drive train components, control systems and vibration analysis. Through class discussion and presentations, students develop awareness of rotary wing aircraft. 48.0
AIR2510 Maintenance Procedures I Aircraft maintenance organizations follow standard operating procedures approved by Transport Canada. Students practise hands-on hangar operations, completing various mandatory performance objectives relating to the approved program curriculum. Through the completion of various maintenance projects, students gain skills and knowledge to complete maintenance performance objectives.

Prerequisites: AIR1380
AIR2520 Turbine Engines II Turbine engines consist of a variety of types including turboprop, turbojet and turbofan. Students enhance and apply knowledge and skills of the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of turbine engines, maintenance practices, engine removal/installation and troubleshooting. The hands-on classroom component provides the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting principles and practices utilizing various types of tools and equipment

Prerequisites: AIR1350
ENL8830 Communications II Clarity, concision and comprehensibility are fundamental features of workplace communication. Through a combination of writing assignments and oral presentations, students develop their abilities in creating detailed, succinct and coherent communication.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED1522A General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: DSN2001 or GED5005 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or LIB1982 or ARC9001 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5006 or GEN2000 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or RAD2001 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GEN1001 or GEN2003 or SOC2003 or GED5004 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GED5003 or GED5003
Level: 04 Hours
AIR2530 Propellers The design and construction of aircraft propellers varies based on the aircraft. Students examine the design and construction of various propellers, including fixed and variable pitch and the associated maintenance required. Through the use of discussions and learning aids, students expand knowledge of aircraft propellers. 40.0
AIR2540 Aircraft Inspection Conducting scheduled inspections to identify potential airworthiness issues is standard practice in aviation. Students examine the requirements for maintenance on private and commercial aircraft including the minimum required inspection intervals and the associated standards of airworthiness. Focus is on examining industry standards and expectations in relation to aircraft inspection. 32.0
AIR2550 M1 & M2 Aircraft System Maintenance Aircraft incorporate a variety of environmental, mechanical and safety systems in the design. Students examine M1 (light) and M2 (heavy) aircraft systems. Emphasis is on the inspection, rigging and repair of various types of flight controls, hydraulics, landing gear, environmental, fuel and ice and rain protection systems. In-class discussions, activities and presentations provide students with knowledge of a variety of aircraft systems. 60.0
AIR2560 Maintenance Procedures II Performance of tasks with a high level of proficiency and attention to detail is required in the aviation industry. Students perform hands-on hangar operations, completing various mandatory performance objectives relating to the Transport Canada approved program curriculum. These performance objectives are demonstrated through a variety of maintenance projects performed to applicable airworthiness standards.

Prerequisites: AIR2510
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED1522 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: DSN2001 or GED5005 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or LIB1982 or ENV0002 or GED5002 or GEN2007 or HIS2000 or PSI1702 or ARC9001 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5006 or GEN2000 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or RAD2001 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GEN1001 or GEN2003 or SOC2003 or GED5004 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GEN2009

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,170.09. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $14,696.13. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

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Required tools cost approximately $1,200 - $1,500 for the program. Books cost approximately $800.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, (Grade 12 MAP4C with a grade of 60% or higher) or (Grade 11 MCF3M with a grade of 50% or higher) or equivalent.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20, Writing: 20.

Application Information

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 notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

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 or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

Some practical labs are scheduled off campus at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Transport Canada Aircraft Services and the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Students are responsible for transportation and associated costs.

To become a licenced aircraft maintenance engineer, Transport Canada requires an individual to complete two years of basic training at an approved institution followed by 48 months of full-time employment. Students graduating from an approved program may receive 18 months experience credit toward the required 48 months, providing they meet the following criteria:

  1. attend a minimum of 95% of course hours;
  2. achieve a grade of 70% or greater in each course;
  3. complete 100% of all projects.

The program runs in a 16-week term in the Fall, and in a 20-week term in Winter. Start date is one week prior to most other College programs.

For more information, please contact Serge Côté Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6531 or

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time