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Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op)

Fanshawe College
64 weeks
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
London (Ontario, Canada)

Program description

Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance (Co-op)

Aircraft safety is the most important aspect of the aviation industry. As an aviation technician, you'll be responsible for ensuring that safety, which means you'll be a valued and vital part of the maintenance team.

With the Transport Canada approved Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program, you'll learn about all aspects of aircraft systems used in general aviation, corporate, charter transport category aircraft, and helicopters. Along with developing cutting-edge computer and electronic systems skills, you'll also study propellers, aviation regulations, wing aerodynamics and more. As well, with aircraft constantly evolving and improving, you'll have opportunities to adapt and upgrade your skills and you progress through the program, embarking on a life-long learning journey

Admission requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH
  • Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)


  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)


  • Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate


  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND
  • Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)


  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years SDS Program Requirements
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 60 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 50 in listening
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Shop Safety and Aircraft Tools
  • Aircraft Corrosion Control
  • Fixed Wing Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Reciprocating Engines
  • Aircraft Propellers
  • Aircraft DC Electrical Systems
  • Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Aircraft Metallic Structure and Metallurgy
  • Hydraulic Controls/Emergency Equipment
  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Rotary Wing Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft AC Electrical Systems

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Aircraft Materials/Hardware
  • Aircraft Non-Metallic Structure & Comp
  • Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines
  • Aircraft Water, Fuel and Ignition Systems
  • Aircraft Airframe Electrical Systems

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • AMO Management: Records and Inspections
  • Maintenance Techniques
  • Aircraft Turbine Engine Maintenance
  • Aircraft Starting and Indications
  • Avionics-Intro

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 2,077.68 CAD, and the total fees are 3,537.35 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 8,875.00 CAD, and the total fees are 10,940.65 CAD.

Please note fees are subject to change. Please visit Fanshawe’s website for the most up to date information.


Credential - Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

Inspect and service aircraft systems on large or small, fixed or rotary wing aircraft utilizing current and relevant theories of aerodynamics; aircraft; and mechanical, electrical, electronic, and engineering principles

Inspect, test, troubleshoot, service, repair and overhaul aircraft in a manner that ensures adherence to Canadian aviation and company regulations of aircraft safety and airworthiness

Evaluate fixed wing and rotary aircraft structures including transparencies, materials and fasteners, furnishings and fabric coverings, and lines and conduits, to complete maintenance, assembly, fabrication and repair work on large and small aircraft

Perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections on aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components to ensure they are in proper working order and meet standards of performance and safety

Install aircraft engines, parts, components and structures as part of routine and unscheduled maintenance and replacement tasks

Diagnose malfunctions or other problems in aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components using technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, and standards of performance and safety

Complete structural and non-structural repairs and modifications by following applicable procedures and safety precautions, and meeting industry standards

Perform component wear and fatigue analysis using appropriate measuring devices to determine necessary repair or replacement tasks in order to maintain the aircraft’s airworthiness and safety

Perform service, maintenance, repair, reconditioning, and modification procedures on aircraft systems, structures, instruments, and related components to maintain aircraft safety and airworthiness

Dismantle airframes, aircraft engines and other systems for repair and overhaul

Interpret written instructions, schematics, manufacturer's specifications, technical drawings, manuals, and computer based information correctly, effectively, and efficiently while performing routine and unscheduled tasks

Maintain detailed inspection, repair, maintenance, and certification records and reports to meet industry regulations and logbook requirements

Complete all work in a manner that enhances health, wellness, and personal wellbeing; reduces the risk of occupational and workplace injury; meets relation health, safety and environmental legislation; and conforms to occupational health and safety guidelines

Career opportunities

This program provides eighteen months of Approved Basic Training credit towards the forty-eight months experience required to obtain a Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license in the 'M' Category, and prepares the students for careers with Canadian and international aircraft maintenance and aircraft manufacturing organizations. Upon graduation the student will be able to follow a career path that will allow them to pursue their license in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft in the M1 and M2 categories

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Start your academic journey into the exciting, in demand field of aviation here at Fanshawe and see your career take off!

As specialists in providing Transport Canada approved aviation programming, Fanshawe is the post-secondary destination of choice for many prospective students.

Our students receive training of the highest quality and pursue aerospace careers across Canada and around the world at all levels of manufacturing, maintenance, fleet service and administration.

Air Canada, Diamond Aircraft, Jazz Airlines, WestJet and New United Goderich are just a few of the places our graduates land in their careers.

The Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology continues to expand with new programming and exciting educational opportunities that meet the needs of the future.

About this institute

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...

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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

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Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario

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