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 the 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 students to work, return home, or repeat failed courses. This option will have students complete 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.
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.
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