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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Mechanical

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

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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.

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).

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Aviation Institute Dartmouth Full time In-class Waitlist

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 is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

AMEG 1600 - Workplace Safety
The learner is introduced to compliance with safety regulations, identification and reduction of fire hazards, and the maintenance and safe use of equipment and tools. This course also includes confined spaces, WHIMS, MSDS, use of personal protective devices, hazardous situations. Safe working techniques while working around aircraft are conducted.

AMEG 1601 - Human Factors
This course introduces learners to the impact of human factors in aircraft maintenance and the application of techniques used to eliminate errors caused by human factors.

AMEG 1602 - Canadian Aviation Regulations
The learner is introduced to the general provisions of Canadian Aviation Regulations, aircraft identification and registration. This course is a comprehensive study of Airworthiness, Technical records and Aircraft Maintenance.

AMEG 1603 - Publications
The learner is introduced to the standards for publications, use of publications and the types of publications in the Aviation industry.

AMEM 1011 - Aircraft Drawings
The learner is introduced to types of drawings, methods of illustration, drawing practices and interpreting charts and graphs.

AMEM 1020 - Hand and Machine Tools
This course introduces the learner to the safe use of basic hand and power tools. The learner is given opportunity to work with these tools in a shop environment and is expected to demonstrate safe working techniques.

AMEM 1021 - Aircraft Hardware
The learner is introduced to the importance of aircraft hardware. Emphasis is placed on threaded hardware with an introduction to non-threaded hardware. Students will learn the essential skill of safetying aircraft hardware. Learners will identify various aircraft hardware items and learn how to properly locate hardware items using the aircraft manufacturers' manuals. The learners will also be introduced to non-threaded hardware, fluid lines and fittings in preparation for subsequent modules in their training.

AMEM 1022 - Precision Measuring Instruments
The learner is introduced to various Precision Measuring Instruments including Micrometer and Vernier Calipers. The learner will carry out various measuring exercises using a variety of Precision Measuring Instruments.

AMEM 1023 - Non-Destructive Testing and Corrosion Control
In this course, the learner is introduced to multiple forms of corrosion that affect aircraft. Both chemical and electrochemical corrosion types are discussed. Inspection and corrosion detection methods are introduced as well as removal, treatment and corrosion prevention procedures. Non-destructive inspection/testing methods are introduced with emphasis on visual, LPI and MPI methods.

AMEM 1024 - Materials and Processes
The learner is introduced to the properties of various materials used in aircraft construction, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

AMEM 1025 - Hydraulics and Pneumatics
The course introduces the learner to fluids in motion and under pressure. Hydraulic and pneumatic systems are discussed and the learner is expected to perform related practical work in the shop and mathematical calculations of power. The learner is introduced to hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems, including helicopter systems. The learner will practice maintenance and troubleshooting techniques and be given the opportunity to isolate possible causes of a fault in an aircraft hydraulic system and recommend corrective action.

AMEM 1030 - Theory of Flight - Fixed Wing
The course covers basic physics, properties of atmosphere, aircraft design and aerodynamics. The learner is introduced to forces and axes of flight, control, and stability of aircraft including high-speed flight.

AMEM 1031 - Theory of Flight - Rotary Wing
The learner is introduced to aerodynamic terminology, rotor designs and forces acting upon the rotors. Autorotation, ground resonance, stability and rotor wing controls are discussed.

AMEM 1041 - Weight and Balance
The learner is introduced to the weight and balance requirements for aircraft and is given the opportunity to weigh an aircraft and complete the associated documentation.

AMEM 1042 - Aircraft Handling
Learners are given the opportunity to practise ground handling and marshalling techniques with an emphasis placed on safety precautions. There is practical application of hoisting, jacking, tying down and mooring of aircraft. Helicopter external load equipment is discussed.

AMEM 1043 - Troubleshooting
Learners are given the opportunity to study and practice troubleshooting techniques on aircraft systems using troubleshooting aids.

AMEM 1045 - Ice and Rain Protection and Water Systems
Ice formation and its effects on aircraft operations are discussed. Various techniques of ice detection and removal are introduced and the learner is given the opportunity to practise operating, troubleshooting, cleaning and maintaining the ice control systems and components. The learner is also introduced to aircraft water and waste systems: The components, operation and servicing of these systems is discussed.

AMEM 1046 - Fuel and Fuel Systems
Learners are introduced to fuel systems and components, fuel system operation and maintenance. Activities include: Demonstration of safe handling and storage of fuel containers and equipment, preparation of the aircraft for fuel/defuel operations, operation and function testing of aircraft fuel system, and the removal and installation of fuel system components. Operation, maintenance and servicing of the fuel system is carried out with a focus on safety.

AMEM 1060 - Metallic Structures
The learner is introduced to the basics of aircraft construction, stress and load distribution. There will be opportunity to practise sheet metal techniques: layout, cutting, drilling, repairing and the installation of standard and special fasteners. The learner will also carry out practical applications with bonded metals and tubular structure samples.

AMEM 1072 - Landing Gear, Wheels, Tires and Brakes
This course discusses landing gear types, configurations and components. This includes Oleo shock struts, wheels, tires, brakes, and anti-skid systems. The learner is given the opportunity to remove, disassemble, assemble, install, inspect and maintain system components, and to perform aircraft jacking and gear retraction.

AMEM 1073 - Controls and Rigging
The learner is introduced to cable and wire control systems, rod and tube systems, electrical/electronic flight control systems, automatic flight control systems and hydraulic control systems. A review of flight control surfaces and their operation is also discussed. Opportunity is given to the learner to install and rig a flight control system, inspect and troubleshoot systems and perform independent inspections as well as to properly document log book entries.

AMEM 1080 - Basic Electricity - Direct Current
The course covers atomic theory, static electricity, electrical circuits, measuring devices, batteries, DC generators and motors, electrical control devices, semiconductors, and aircraft alternators. The learner will be given the opportunity to use a variety of measuring devices, to service, charge and maintain various types of batteries, to service DC motors and generators, and to install wiring.

AMEM 1081 - Basic Electricity - Alternating Current
Principles of alternating current (AC), AC measuring devices, capacitance, inductance, resonance, impedance, AC motors and generators are discussed. The learner will be given the opportunity to perform AC measurements using various measuring devices and demonstrate power conversions in a practical application.

AMEM 2012 - Aircraft Inspections – Fixed and Rotary Wing
The learner is introduced to the preparation of aircraft and personnel for aircraft inspection requirements in a shop environment. A large component of this course is focused on inspection techniques, documentation and special Canadian requirements.

AMEM 2027 - Turbine Systems
The course instructs the learners on the function and characteristics of lubricants including types and classifications. Turbine engine lubricating systems and drive train lubricating systems are discussed. This course discusses turbine fuel, fuel system components and fuel control units. The learner is given the opportunity to remove and install fuel system components and to perform fuel nozzle inspections, servicing and testing with a focus on proper safety precautions. The learner is introduced to starting systems for gas turbine engines and the inspection and maintenance of engine starting systems. The learner is introduced to turbine engine ignition systems. There is opportunity to disassemble, inspect, assemble, maintain and test various systems and components.

AMEM 2032 - Dynamic Drivetrains
The learner is introduced to lubrication, sealing, and the types and purposes of bearings. Lubrication replenishment, seal replacement are practiced by the learner and bearings are removed, inspected, and installed in a shop environment. The course also introduces learners to driveshafts and transmission accessories, freewheel units, clutches, gear systems and aircraft gearboxes. Learners are given the opportunity to maintain, remove, inspect and install aircraft drivetrain components.

AMEM 2034 - Reciprocating Engine Maintenance
The learner is introduced to engine shop layout and engine overhaul and maintenance procedures. The learner is given the opportunity to perform typical reciprocating engine maintenance: disassemble, clean, and inspect engine and components; determine parts serviceability with reference to manufacturers’ technical publications; reassemble engine and major components; test and service the reciprocating engine and its systems.

AMEM 2035 - Gas Turbine Engine Theory
The learner is introduced to the types, history and development of gas turbine engines. Discussions focus on propulsion principles and the construction and design of the gas turbine engine and its components.

AMEM 2036 - Turbine Engine Maintenance
The course introduces the learner to modules and parts replacement for gas turbine engines. Instrumentation, hot section inspection and cold section inspection and repair are discussed in addition to documentation associated with engine maintenance and the requirements for releasing the engine from inspection and repair. The learner is given the opportunity to perform engine operations and inspections and to remove and install components.

AMEM 2037 - Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Operation, Installation, and Indicating Systems
The learner is given the opportunity to install and remove both reciprocating engines including accessories and component systems. Live engine operations are carried out with troubleshooting and rectification of operating problems. There is a focus on safety. The course discusses instrumentation for the reciprocating and turbine engines as well as the Engine Indicating Warning System.

AMEM 2047 - Piston Engine Fuel, Induction, Exhaust and Turbo Systems
During this course carbureted fuel systems are introduced with discussions of related physics, the characteristics of gasoline, and the construction and maintenance of carburetors. The learner is given the opportunity to remove and re-install a carburetor on aircraft engine and rig it and carry out an inspection of associated controls. The learner is also introduced to the Bendix RSA and Teledyne Continental fuel injection systems and associated components. A description of both fuel injection systems and how they work along with maintenance procedures will be explained. There will be removal and installation of various fuel injection components. The principles of turbocharging/supercharging and various classifications of superchargers and turbochargers will be discussed and described. The learner is given the opportunity to inspect a turbocharger. Induction and exhaust systems will be described along with performing maintenance on induction and exhaust systems.

AMEM 2061 - Non-Metallic Structures
The learner is introduced to the use of composite structures in the aerospace industry. This course incorporates a large hands-on component. Learners will be required to fabricate a composite structure using industry approved techniques and equipment. The learner will then repair a damaged area on the composite structure, again using industry-approved techniques and equipment. Aircraft Structural repair manuals will be discussed in class to accompany the textbook theory.

AMEM 2065 - Aircraft Equipment and Fire Protection
This two-part course introduces the learner to the broad topic of aircraft equipment and furnishings and safety related topics of Aircraft Fire Protection and Detection. Students prepare group presentations on a variety of aircraft equipment and furnishings, from toilets to coffee makers. In part two of the course, learners are introduced to modern day aircraft fire detection and protection systems through classroom discussions, research topics in the technical library and component removal and installation on the school aircraft. The aircraft simulator is used for system testing purposes.

AMEM 2066 - Environmental Systems
The course introduces the learner to aircraft oxygen, pressurization, heating/ventilating, and vapour and air cycle air conditioning systems. The learner is given the opportunity to inspect, maintain and perform procedures on various systems.

AMEM 2075 - Vibration Analysis and Rectification
This course discusses the transmission of sound and vibrations in rotating and non-rotating devices, including detection and isolation methods. The learner is given the opportunity to demonstrate the installation and use of test equipment to perform a static and dynamic balance.

AMEM 2076 - Propellers
This course discusses basic propeller applications including: nomenclature; propeller theory; classification and types; construction; and operation. Learners are given the opportunity to operate, install, remove, troubleshoot, inspect, maintain, and repair propellers and associated systems.

AMEM 2082 - Electrical Systems
The learner is given the opportunity to troubleshoot electrical systems using schematics and to test, troubleshoot, repair, adjust, remove and replace electrical components. This course covers circuit installation and wiring practices, circuit control and protection devices, power supply and generation, power distribution, electrical motor systems, landing gear electrical systems, and warning and lighting systems.

AMEM 2083 - Aircraft Instrumentation
Aircraft instruments and instrument systems are discussed including gyroscopic instruments, electrical flight instruments, engine electrical instruments, pressure measuring instruments, and temperature measuring instruments. The learner is given the opportunity to practise instrument system component installation, removal, maintenance and inspection.

AMEM 2084 - Avionics
This course introduces the learner to various avionics systems, their components and interconnections. Topics include communications systems, navigation systems, weather radar, autopilot, cockpit voice and flight data recorders, emergency locator transmitters, and instrument landing systems. Learners are given the opportunity to remove, install, inspect, maintain, troubleshoot, and test various avionics systems and components.

AMEM 2085 - Data Bus and Logic
This course introduces the learner to the avionics data bus and logic systems, controls and displays. Topics include logic gate functions, integrated circuits, digital systems and testing and troubleshooting.

AMEM 2183 - Reciprocating Engines
The course introduces the learner to the history and development of reciprocating engines and includes theory, principles of engine operation, types of engines, engine components and accessories. The learner is also introduced to related systems including: harnesses, spark plugs, magneto timing and system maintenance. There is opportunity to disassemble, inspect, assemble, maintain and test various systems and components.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
The learner is introduced to fall protection, fall prevention and fall arrest concepts and responsibilities at the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed and the learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the use of selected equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

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