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Overview

Avionics Technicians are responsible for the servicing, repair and modification of aircraft electronic systems and components. From modern aircraft with sophisticated "fly by wire" flight controls, autopilot, navigation, communication, in-flight entertainment, and monitoring systems, to legacy aircraft undergoing the installation of modern avionics. The Avionics Technician ensures that all systems are serviceable and fit for flight.

An Avionics Technician's tasks include:

  • Ensuring that navigation, communication, and autopilot systems are serviceable according to maintenance manual requirements;

  • Performing maintenance, and testing on all aircraft systems, particularly the electrical interface during scheduled and unscheduled inspections;

  • Performing installations of avionics equipment and systems on aircraft;

  • Troubleshooting and repairing aircraft discrepancies in compliance with manufacturer's standards to expedite return to flight status; and

  • Overhauling and/or repairing parts and assemblies.

The Program

The Aviation Maintenance Technician - Avionics program consists of 68 weeks of full-time studies. Approximately 50 per cent of the day is spent on theory 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 national standards and is approved by Transport Canada (TC), and the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA).

Successful completion of the program will result in a work experience credit of 18 months of the 48 months required by Transport Canada toward obtaining an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category E license (AME E). Successful graduation from this program will also qualify you for certification by the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace.

Program Entry

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 do not meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • General Mechanics 11 or Automotive Mechanics 11 or Technical Education 11 or Physics 11
  • Good colour vision
  • An interest in electronics, computers and mechanics

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

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • 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

January and September each year.

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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 my.bcit.ca. 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 Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$1,100 (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.

Courses

Class hours

0800–1530, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Term 1 (17 weeks) Credits
  AVAV 1105 Standard Aviation Practices 8.0
  AVAV 1106 Structures & Theory of Flight 8.0
  AVAV 1107 Direct Current Theory 10.0
  AVAV 1108 Alternating Current Theory 8.0
 
Term 2 (18 weeks) Credits
  AVAV 2105 Analog Theory 6.0
  AVAV 2106 Digital Theory 6.0
  AVAV 2107 Propulsion Systems 6.0
  AVAV 2108 Aircraft Systems 8.0
  AVAV 2109 Electrical Power & Distribution 10.0
 
Term 3 (17 weeks) Credits
  AVAV 3105 Flight Instruments 6.0
  AVAV 3106 Radio Theory 8.0
  AVAV 3107 Aircraft Communications 10.0
  AVAV 3108 Navigation System 1 10.0
 
Term 4 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVAV 4105 Navigation Systems 2 8.0
  AVAV 4106 Flight Line Maintenance 6.0
  AVAV 4107 Automatic Flight Control Systems 4.0
  AVAV 4108 Installation and CARs 14.0
  ZATT 0000 Attendance 0.0
 
Total Credits: 136.0

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

68 weeks, full-time

Grading

Minimum course passing grade is 70% for Transport Canada and Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace. 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, you will be permitted to proceed to the next term provided the failure mark is no lower than 60%, and only with the recommendation of the Chief Instructor, and approval of the Associate Dean. Remedial exams or other evaluation strategies will be arranged after the program. You will not be permitted to continue in the program if more than 3 courses are failed.

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 and the Council for Aviation and Aerospace.

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

Opportunities are available across Canada in aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments and by airlines and other aircraft operators. The demand for skilled workers will continue as an aging workforce retires and as the industry grows.

Graduates from the avionics 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, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, particularly Avionics Technicians with work experience, are expected to have excellent job opportunities.

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

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