Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Technicians are responsible for the servicing, repair and modification of aircraft electronic systems and components. From modern aircraft with sophisticated “fly by wire” flight controls, autopilot, navigation, communication, in-flight entertainment, and monitoring systems, to legacy aircraft undergoing the installation of modern avionics. The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category E (Electronics) Technician ensures that all systems are serviceable and fit for flight.
Program delivery mode: blended
- This program will be delivered as a combination of online and on-campus learning for the coming term. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
- Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
- You will need access to a personal computer with video and microphone for the online portion of your program.
- See Student Technology and Discounts for general technology recommendations and negotiated discounts from BCIT partners.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
Safety on campus
- Because this program will be delivered in a blended format, you will be required to attend campus in person. Our Occupational Health and Safety team has assessed our classrooms and labs/shops to ensure we practice safe operating procedures in accordance with public health and safety guidelines as well as WorkSafeBC standards for post-secondary institutions.
Services and support
- Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services and Counselling and Student Development are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.
An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Technician’s tasks include:
- ensuring that navigation, communication, and autopilot systems are serviceable according to maintenance manual requirements;
- performing maintenance, and testing on all aircraft systems, particularly the electrical interface during scheduled and unscheduled inspections;
- performing installations of avionics equipment and systems on aircraft;
- troubleshooting and repairing aircraft discrepancies in compliance with manufacturer’s standards to expedite return to flight status; and,
- overhauling and/or repairing parts and assemblies.
The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category E (Electronics) program consists of 68 weeks of full-time studies. Approximately 50 per cent of the day is spent on theory 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 national standards and is approved by Transport Canada (TC), and the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA).
Successful completion of the program will result in a work experience credit of 18 months of the 48 months required by Transport Canada toward obtaining an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category E license (AME E). Successful graduation from this program will also qualify you for certification by the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace.
Opportunities are available across Canada in aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments and by airlines and other aircraft operators. The demand for skilled workers will continue as an aging workforce retires and as the industry grows.
Graduates from the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer-Category E (Electronics) 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, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, particularly Aircraft Maintenance Engineer-Category E (Electronics) Technicians with work experience, are expected to have excellent job opportunities.
Industry policies with respect to hiring practices vary between employers, but all require an enhanced security clearance for their employees.
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