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Overview

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An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) is responsible for the release (certification) of an aircraft after maintenance, inspection, repair or modification. This is a responsible occupation requiring a high degree of responsibility and skill, which includes:

  • Certifying airworthiness of airframe, piston and turbine engines, electrical/electronic systems, propellers and rotary systems;
  • Troubleshooting aircraft structural, mechanical or electrical systems to identify problems;
  • Adjusting and repairing systems according to specifications, technical drawings, manuals and established procedures;
  • Repairing and overhauling aircraft structural, mechanical or electrical systems;
  • Installing or modifying aircraft engines, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, flight control, fuel and pneumatic systems;
  • Dismantling airframes, aircraft engines or other aircraft systems for repair, overhaul, inspection and reassembly; and
  • Supervising, performing and documenting routine maintenance.

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The Program

The program consists of 16 continuous months with short breaks in December and August. Approximately 50 per cent of the day is spent on theory discussions in a classroom setting, followed by hands-on practical training in the shops and hangar located at BCIT's state of the art Aerospace Technology Campus. The program is designed to follow a national/international set of standards and is approved by Transport Canada (TC) and the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA). Successful completion of the diploma program will result in an experience credit of 18 months (of the 48 months) required by TC to obtain an AME M license. Successful graduation from this program may qualify you for national certification from TC and CCAA. AME licenses are not granted by Transport Canada until the applicant has reached age 21, and the required work experience is obtained.

This program has multiple start dates throughout the year, with an intake and a graduation every eight weeks.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

International Student Option
International students may want to consider the BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP) or the Dorset College preparatory program as an alternate mode of entry to this program.

Availability Notification

Complete the Short Notice Availability, Location and Shift Preference form [PDF] and submit with your application to help us get you into classes faster.

Recommended for success

  • General Mechanics 11 or Automotive Mechanics 11 or Technical Education 11 or Physics 11

  • Math: one of the following:

    • Principles of Mathematics 11 or
    • Applications of Mathematics 11 or
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 (60%) or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 or
    • Pre-Calculus 11

  • Good colour vision

  • An interest in mechanics

  • Courses in Aircraft Maintenance offered by the Air Cadets are helpful in preparing students for the program.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Terms 1 and 2: $974

Terms 3 and 4: $333

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Tool Box Loans
A refundable deposit of $500 will be charged for a set of aviation hand tools provided by BCIT free of charge. However, if the tools are lost or damaged, their cost may be deducted from the deposit upon completion of the course. This $500 tool box loan deposit is in addition to tuition fees, and must be paid in Term 1.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0800–1530 or 1130–1900, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Term 1 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 1100 Standard Aviation Practices 8.0
  AVAM 1101 Aircraft Flight and Structures 8.0
  AVAM 1102 Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 8.0
  AVAM 1103 Reciprocating Engine Systems 8.0
 
Term 2 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 2100 Aircraft Hydraulics 4.0
  AVAM 2101 Landing Gear, Wheels and Brakes 4.0
  AVAM 2102 Aircraft Structural Repairs 8.0
  AVAM 2103 Aircraft Electrics 10.0
  AVAM 2104 Power Generation and Distribution 6.0
 
Term 3 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 3100 Aircraft Propellers 4.0
  AVAM 3101 Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines 6.0
  AVAM 3102 Aircraft Gas Turbine Systems 6.0
  AVAM 3103 Aircraft Rigging 4.0
  AVAM 3104 Rotary Wing Aircraft 12.0
 
Term 4 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 4100 Aircraft Instrumentation 4.0
  AVAM 4101 Aviation Electronics and Regulations 6.0
  AVAM 4102 Aircraft Systems 6.0
  AVAM 4103 Technical Operations and Quality 8.0
  AVAM 4104 Aircraft Maintenance Practices 8.0
  ZATT 0000 Attendance 0.0
 
Total Credits: 128.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

16 months (64 weeks), full-time

Grading

Minimum course passing grade is 70%. Each course has a theory component and a practical component and both components must be passed with 70%. The official transcript will show an average of both marks, with a U or F (unsatisfactory or failed) if either component is not passed.

Course Failure and Program Continuation
If you fail a course during a term, you may re-register to repeat the course. However, if your second attempt is unsuccessful, you will be prohibited from continuing the term and must seek approval from the Associate Dean in order to be readmitted into the program.

Program location

Aerospace Technology Campus
3800 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC

Aviation attendance policy

Attendance policy for all Aviation programs differs from other BCIT programs and is regulated by Transport Canada (TC) and the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council.

Your attendance will be recorded for each course. Transport Canada allows 5% absenteeism for specific circumstances. If your total program attendance is less than 95%, you will be required to recuperate the lost time through documented supplementary studies; otherwise a U (Unsatisfactory) grade will be entered on your transcript. An unsatisfactory grade in attendance will prohibit you from graduating and receiving your credential.

Canadian Aviation Regulation Standard 566 states:
"Students missing more than five per cent of the course curriculum through absence will not qualify for any credit under Transport Canada course approval, unless the lost time is made up through documented supplementary studies, which shall include theory, workshop and laboratory time, equivalent to that missed from the original program. The five per cent absence policy is intended for illness, bereavement, or other circumstances beyond the individual's control."

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

For the last 50 years, graduates from the AME M program have found employment in both the national and international aviation industry. Some graduates have gone on to become managers and owners of domestic and international aircraft maintenance establishments.

Overall, aircraft mechanics, particularly those with work experience, are expected to have excellent job opportunities and the number of job openings is expected to exceed the supply of qualified applicants as indicated in the 2009 IATA (International Air Transport Association) Training and Qualification Initiative report.

The Armed Forces are also competing to recruit skilled workers in this area, including graduates from approved training organizations such as BCIT. Air transportation is projected to grow and the demand for aircraft mechanics and inspectors to carry out repair and maintenance work is expected to remain high.

Industry Policies
Industry policies with respect to hiring practices vary between employers, but all require an enhanced security clearance for their employees.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

International Student Option

Are you an international student who would like a career in aviation? Do you want to work in a mechanical field, and require technical skills training?

The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Category M (AME "M") Diploma Program may be the right choice for you.

There are two recommended options. Upon successful completion of the requirements in either option and the BCIT Math Trades Pre-entry Test and BCIT Mechanical Reasoning Trades Pre-entry Test requirement, students are able to begin the AME "M" Diploma Program (16 months full time study).

  1. BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP)

    English Language Entrance Requirements for the AME "M" can be met by completing ISEP 0500.

    Upon successful completion of ISEP 0500, students will take the 5-week long, BCIT Applied Technical Literacy Course - ACES 0100 (Bridge course):

    More information on the ISEP program ›

    Contact:

    Cynthia Fan, Program Assistant
    BCIT International
    Tel: 604-412-7648
    Email: Cynthia_Fan@bcit.ca

  2. The Dorset College preparatory program

    Dorset College offers an 8 month preparatory program (26 weeks full- time) starting in May and September each year. Graduates from this program can be admitted to the AME "M" in March or June.

    An international student enrolled in the Dorset College preparatory program is granted BCIT conditional student acceptance. Upon successful completion of Dorset College studies and the BCIT Math Trades Pre-entry Test and BCIT Mechanical Reasoning Trades Pre-entry Test requirement, the international student is granted full acceptance into the AME M program.

    More information on the Dorset program ›

    Contact:

    Dorset College
    Tel: 604-879-8686
    Email: info@dorsetcollege.bc.ca

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International students may want to consider the BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP) or the Dorset College preparatory program as an alternate mode of entry to this program.

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