Delivery mode: Blended
- This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
- Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
- We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
- Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
- Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.
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.
The program will offer three start times per year with the ten classes starting each year. We offer four classes starting in January and late August and two classes starting in May.
Some classes will be expected to proceed through the program with a few breaks, completing their studies in about 18 months. Some of our classes will have a 17 week break to allow for work, work-study, Work Integrated Learning or for students to return home. This option will have students completing their studies in about 21 months.
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.
Costs & Supplies
Graduating & Jobs
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.
Learning during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our classes may be able to complete the approved training program’s theory portion (lectures and examinations), but unable to complete some practical projects.
Students who successfully complete the theoretical learning outcomes in the courses where practical training could not be delivered may be eligible to receive reduced training credit for these courses.
The experience credit for successful completion of the program will be adjusted based on the learning outcomes that were achieved. The adjusted training hours will be noted on the Letter of Accreditation. Each graduate will also get a letter explaining the reduced credit.
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