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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Mechanical

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Mechanical

Learn how to repair and maintain airframes, engines and associated systems for airplanes and helicopters.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$9,000 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Aviation Institute • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


This program offers hands-on instruction and uses actual aircraft to develop skills for the repair and maintenance of airframes, engines and associated systems for airplanes and helicopters.

In this program, you learn to perform aircraft servicing and ground handling functions, gain knowledge of Canadian Aviation Regulations, use hand tools and specialized equipment to repair and maintain aircraft systems, interpret wiring diagrams and aircraft drawings and assess sheet metal damage and appropriate repair procedures.

This program is located at NSCC's Aviation Institute (Dartmouth Gate) and is part of Ivany Campus.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Various airlines, aircraft manufacturers and repair/overhaul facilities throughout North America.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC's Aviation Institute provides you with the opportunity to build your skills using the latest technology and to apply your learning to real aircraft.
  • You work alongside highly experienced faculty who train you to meet the very high standards of the aviation industry. You also work on aircraft, giving you powerful practical experience.
  • Throughout the year, you have the opportunity to learn from industry experts, who are brought in by NSCC to teach specialty areas of study.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • The attendance policy adopted by the Aviation Institute conforms to the Transport Canada policy for Approved Training Organizations. To preserve a high standard of maintenance and flight safety, students who miss more than five per cent of the program through absences will not qualify for the experience credit.
  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (including fuels, hydraulic fluids and other chemical compound products) are commonly used by Mechanical Technicians.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AMEG 1600   Workplace Safety
AMEG 1601   Human Factors
AMEG 1602   Canadian Aviation Regulations
AMEG 1603   Publications
AMEM 1011   Aircraft Drawings
AMEM 1020   Hand and Machine Tools
AMEM 1021   Aircraft Hardware
AMEM 1022   Precision Measuring Instruments
AMEM 1023   Non-Destructive Testing and Corrosion Control
AMEM 1024   Materials and Processes
AMEM 1025   Hydraulics and Pneumatics
AMEM 1030   Theory of Flight - Fixed Wing
AMEM 1031   Theory of Flight - Rotary Wing
AMEM 1041   Weight and Balance
AMEM 1042   Aircraft Handling
AMEM 1043   Troubleshooting
AMEM 1045   Ice and Rain Protection and Water Systems
AMEM 1046   Fuel and Fuel Systems
AMEM 1060   Metallic Structures
AMEM 1072   Landing Gear, Wheels, Tires and Brakes
AMEM 1073   Controls and Rigging
AMEM 1080   Basic Electricity - Direct Current
AMEM 1081   Basic Electricity - Alternating Current
AMEM 2012   Aircraft Inspections – Fixed and Rotary Wing
AMEM 2027   Turbine Systems
AMEM 2032   Dynamic Drivetrains
AMEM 2034   Reciprocating Engine Maintenance
AMEM 2035   Gas Turbine Engine Theory
AMEM 2036   Turbine Engine Maintenance
AMEM 2037   Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Operation, Installation, and Indicating Systems
AMEM 2047   Piston Engine Fuel, Induction, Exhaust and Turbo Systems
AMEM 2061   Non-Metallic Structures
AMEM 2065   Aircraft Equipment and Fire Protection
AMEM 2066   Environmental Systems
AMEM 2075   Vibration Analysis and Rectification
AMEM 2076   Propellers
AMEM 2082   Electrical Systems
AMEM 2083   Aircraft Instrumentation
AMEM 2084   Avionics
AMEM 2085   Data Bus and Logic
AMEM 2183   Reciprocating Engines
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out