Important Notice: COVID-19 Institute response

Full-time Diploma 1010dipts


Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester 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

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.

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

International applicants

International applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Meet the above entrance requirements and submit your application.
  2. Receive notice of conditional acceptance to the program.
  3. Complete ACES – 0100 Applied Technical Literacy (70%) prior to program start. BCIT Admissions will enrol you in this course and communicate the details in your conditional acceptance letter.

Recommended for success

  • General Mechanics 11 or Automotive Mechanics 11 or Technical Education 11 or Physics 11

  • Good colour vision

  • An interest in mechanics

  • Courses in Aircraft Maintenance offered by the Air Cadets are helpful in preparing students for the program.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Terms 1 and 2: $974

Terms 3 and 4: $333

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Tool Box Loans
A refundable deposit of $500 will be charged for a set of aviation hand tools provided by BCIT free of charge. However, if the tools are lost or damaged, their cost may be deducted from the deposit upon completion of the course. This $500 tool box loan deposit is in addition to tuition fees, and must be paid in Term 1.

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0800-1530, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Term 1 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 1100 Standard Aviation Practices 10.0
  AVAM 1101 Aircraft Flight and Structures 6.0
  AVAM 1102 Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 8.0
  AVAM 1103 Reciprocating Engine Systems 8.0
Term 2 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 2100 Aircraft Hydraulics 4.0
  AVAM 2101 Landing Gear, Wheels and Brakes 4.0
  AVAM 2102 Aircraft Structural Repairs 8.0
  AVAM 2103 Aircraft Electrics 10.0
  AVAM 2104 Power Generation and Distribution 6.0
Term 3 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 3100 Aircraft Propellers 4.0
  AVAM 3101 Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines 6.0
  AVAM 3102 Aircraft Gas Turbine Systems 6.0
  AVAM 3103 Aircraft Rigging 6.0
  AVAM 3104 Rotary Wing Aircraft 10.0
Term 4 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAM 4100 Aircraft Instrumentation 4.0
  AVAM 4101 Aviation Electronics and Regulations 6.0
  AVAM 4102 Aircraft Systems 6.0
  AVAM 4103 Technical Operations and Quality 8.0
  AVAM 4104 Aircraft Maintenance Practices 8.0
  ZATT 0000 Attendance 0.0
Total Credits: 128.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

16 months (64 weeks), full-time


Minimum course passing grade is 70%. Each course has a theory component and a practical component and both components must be passed with 70%. The official transcript will show an average of both marks, with a U or F (unsatisfactory or failed) if either component is not passed.

Course Failure and Program Continuation
If you fail a course during a term, you may re-register to repeat the course. However, if your second attempt is unsuccessful, you will be prohibited from continuing the term and must seek approval from the Associate Dean in order to be readmitted into the program.

Program location

Aerospace Technology Campus
3800 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC

Aviation attendance policy

Attendance policy for all Aviation programs differs from other BCIT programs and is regulated by Transport Canada (TC) and the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council.

Your attendance will be recorded for each course. Transport Canada allows 5% absenteeism for specific circumstances. If your total program attendance is less than 95%, you will be required to recuperate the lost time through documented supplementary studies; otherwise a U (Unsatisfactory) grade will be entered on your transcript. An unsatisfactory grade in attendance will prohibit you from graduating and receiving your credential.

Canadian Aviation Regulation Standard 566 states:
"Students missing more than five per cent of the course curriculum through absence will not qualify for any credit under Transport Canada course approval, unless the lost time is made up through documented supplementary studies, which shall include theory, workshop and laboratory time, equivalent to that missed from the original program. The five per cent absence policy is intended for illness, bereavement, or other circumstances beyond the individual's control."

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

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

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

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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