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.
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.
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.
For more information about the Airport Operations program, please contact the Chief Instructor, Cheryl Cahill.
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