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