The Airport Operations Program has undergone a program review. Resulting from this review, the following changes are proposed for the program: the name of the program; the aims and goals; the term structure and the curriculum. Please subscribe to receive updates.
Fall 2021 delivery mode: blended
- This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. 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.
- We are working closely with our industry partners to determine where students can safely complete the industry-based activities component of this program.
Forecasts from the key players in the aviation industry, including Airbus, Boeing, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the BC Aviation Council, is continued growth in all sectors of the aviation industry – both domestically and internationally. In the next ten years, this exciting industry is expected to see a major increase in capacity along with opportunities for skilled entry level airport operations specialists worldwide.
Airport Operations students at the Aerospace Technology Campus receive broad training in foundational skills, aviation operations, aviation security, emergency preparedness and aviation business management.
This focused training prepares the airport operations students to pursue careers in airspace management, wildlife control, runway operations, airport management, firefighting, emergency response, and security. But these are just a few of the many career options available. Please visit the Transport Canada page for more information on the careers available for airport operations specialists in Canada.
The 16-month BCIT Diploma program in Airport Operations is supported and approved by the aviation industry and provides students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program of study. This is the only program of its type in Western Canada. To maintain a current, high-calibre standard, the program has an Program Advisory Committee made up of airport and airline managers, Transport Canada representatives and other aviation industry experts.
BCIT also offers an online Airport Operations Part-time studies Associate Certificate.
Costs & Supplies
Graduating & Jobs
Graduates are prepared for a wide range of entry-level positions in aviation businesses, suppliers and airports. This could include positions such as: Ground Transportation Coordinator; Baggage/Gate Scheduler; Airside Operations Project Coordinator; Communications Coordinator; Administrative Assistant; Airfield Operations Specialist; Emergency Response Specialist; Airport Operations Officer; Security Officer; Project Specialist; Pre-screening Security Supervisor; Airport Duty Officer, Noise Information Officer and Terminal Operations (airline).
For more career ideas, check out the Saskatchewan Aviation Council.
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
Faculty & staff
- Cheryl Cahill, Master of Aeronautical Science, Department Head
- Elizabeth Macey, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Instructor
- Margo MacNeil, Master in Human Resource Management, Instructor
- Heather Madden-Johns, Bachelor of Arts, Instructor
- Tina Johal, Program Assistant (on leave)
- Agnes Ranoa, Program Assistant
- Cuyler Green
- Raman Bindra
- Toke Adams
- Greg Cuneo
- Waylon Godden
- Tom Rattray
For more information about the Airport Operations program, please contact the Department Head, Cheryl Cahill.
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