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.


Program Code: 1522X01FWO
Academic Year: Fall 2015


Courses

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 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. 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 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. Piston Engines and Propellers 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 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. 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 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. Tools, Materials and Processes 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 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. 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 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 maintenance manuals, wiring diagrams, parts catalogues and Federal Air Regulations. Aircraft Publications 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 maintenance manuals, wiring diagrams, parts catalogues and Federal Air Regulations. 32.0
AIR1150 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. 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 Possessing a fundamental working knowledge of electricity is a required skill in aviation. 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 troubleshooting skills required for aircraft maintenance. Electrical Fundamentals Possessing a fundamental working knowledge of electricity is a required skill in aviation. 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 troubleshooting skills required for aircraft maintenance. 80.0
AIR1170 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. Avionics Fundamentals 1 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 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. 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 Large aircraft utilize a variety of turbines, engines and 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. Turbine Engines Large aircraft utilize a variety of turbines, engines and 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 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, aircraft and helicopter and landing gear. 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, aircraft and helicopter and landing gear. 40.0
AIR1370 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 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. 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 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. 40.0
AIR1380 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. On site, 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. 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. On site, 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 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. 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 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. 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. 40.0
AIR1410 Inflight communications systems are critical to aircraft operations. Students concentrate primarily, but not exclusively, on avionics systems used for communication. With the aid of lectures and learning resources, students study the purpose, theory of operation and indications of each system. Avionics Fundamentals 2 Inflight communications systems are critical to aircraft operations. Students concentrate primarily, but not exclusively, on avionics systems used for communication. With the aid of lectures and learning resources, students study the purpose, theory of operation and indications of each system. 60.0
AIR1420 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 aviation systems. 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 aviation systems. 100.0
AIR1430 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. 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 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. 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 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
Advanced Materials and Processes 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
32.0
AIR2490 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
Advanced Piston Engines 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
176.0
AIR2500 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. 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 Aircraft maintenance organizations follow standard operating procedures approved by Transport Canada. Students practice 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
Maintenance Procedures Aircraft maintenance organizations follow standard operating procedures approved by Transport Canada. Students practice 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
128.0
AIR2540 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. 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. 40.0
ENL8830 Students develop critical elements of workplace communication with emphasis on clear writing techniques. In addition, students give presentations supported by technology and assess their own communication skills.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
Communications II Students develop critical elements of workplace communication with emphasis on clear writing techniques. In addition, students give presentations supported by technology and assess their own communication skills.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED1522A 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
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
45.0
Level: 04 Hours
AIR2520 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
Advanced Turbine Engines 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
40.0
AIR2530 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 aides, students expand knowledge of aircraft propellers. 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 aides, students expand knowledge of aircraft propellers. 40.0
AIR2550 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. 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 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
Advanced Maintenance Procedures 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
340.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED1522 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
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
45.0
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