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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Avionics

Develop skills for the repair and maintenance of complex aircraft cockpit instruments, avionics and aircraft electrical systems.

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In this program, you develop skills for the repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic systems for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.

The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Avionics program provides you with the opportunity to acquire the skills you need to service, maintain, repair, overhaul, inspect and test aircraft systems. Systems may include electrical power distribution, communication, navigation, data, autopilot and various instrumentation systems. You learn the safe use and maintenance of hand tools as well as sophisticated and specialized tools and equipment.

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 learn from faculty who bring a passion for their work, valued experience and strong industry connections.
  • This program prepares you for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer-Category "E" licence and is approved by the Canadian Armed Forces for the Avionics System Technician trade.
  • 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 Aviation Institute attendance policy conforms to 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 Avionics Technicians.
  • 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.

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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, avionics shops and repair/overhaul facilities throughout North America and around the world.
  • Graduates may qualify for direct entry into Canadian Armed Forces Avionic Systems Technician jobs.
  • As an Avionics Technician you have the skills to:
    • assess faults in aircraft electrical, communication, navigation and data systems
    • troubleshoot, repair, modify and replace aircraft system components
    • create and install wire harnessing for Avionics/Aircraft Systems
    • work in repair and overhaul shops; and service and test electrical, electronic and instrument components
  • Skills learned can also be used in various industries, which include: power generation, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Courses may include

AMEE 1102 - Hand Tools and Precision Instruments
The course introduces the learners to the use of micrometers and safety considerations and procedures to follow while using basic hand tools, cutting tools, mechanical and electric assembly tools including power and abrasive.

AMEE 1104 - Aircraft Servicing
Learners are introduced to servicing requirements of aircraft systems, aircraft departure preparation, and marshalling including precautions.

AMEE 1105 - Aircraft Hardware
The learner is introduced to the standards and specifications of aircraft hardware. Threaded and non-threaded fasteners and related safetying devices, fluid lines, fittings, and cable fittings are also covered in this course.

AMEE 1106 - Aerodynamics
This course introduces learners to the properties of atmosphere, elementary aerodynamics as well as the control and stability of aircraft. Aerodynamic terminology, rotor designs, forces acting on a rotor, autorotation, ground resonance, stability and rotary wing controls are discussed.

AMEE 1107 - Metallurgy and Metallic Structures
The learner is introduced to the physical properties of materials used in aircraft construction. Corrosion, treatment processes and identification coding systems as well as the basics of aircraft construction, stress and load distribution are discussed. Sheet metal repairs are performed including layout, cutting, bending, forming, drilling, structural inspection and installation of rivets and special fasteners.

AMEE 1109 - Aircraft Drawings
The learners are introduced to types of drawings, diagrams, and charts. The learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate drawing techniques and interpret aircraft drawings.

AMEE 1200 - Engines, Propellers and Fuel Systems
The course introduces learners to the history, development, theory, construction and operation of reciprocating and gas turbine engines as well as basic propeller theory and application. Engine types, components and accessories will be covered in detail. Propulsion principles, instrumentation, and the theory, construction, design and operating fundamentals of the engines, propellers and associated systems are discussed.

AMEE 1300 - Landing Gear, Wheels, Tires and Brakes
The learners are introduced to landing gear types and configurations including aircraft floats and skies, wheels, tires and brakes. Anti-skid and gear retraction systems will be discussed with a four hour practical component in gear retraction procedures.

AMEE 1305 - Emergency and Environmental Systems
The course covers the fundamentals of the Pneumatic, Environmental Control, and Ice and Rain Protection Systems. Learners are also introduced to fire-extinguishing, fire detection and emergency systems that are onboard aircraft.

AMEE 1400 - Math
The learner applies mathematical formulas to solve problems in algebra, trigonometry, graphing, complex numbers and number systems.

AMEE 1401 - DC Theory
The learner is introduced to basic principles of electrical theory, magnetism and electromagnetism, and given the opportunity to construct, measure and analyze various circuit configurations.

AMEE 1402 - AC Theory
The learner is introduced to basic AC terminology and voltages and is given the opportunity to construct, measure, and troubleshoot various AC circuits.

AMEE 1403 - Basic Electronics Analog I
The learner is introduced to solid state electronics, including atomic theory and the construction and operation of diodes and transistors. The learner is given the opportunity to explore applications of diodes and transistors such as rectifier, power supply, and amplifier circuits.

AMEE 1404 - Basic Electronics Analog II
This is the second part of solid state studies. The learner is introduced to Field Effect transistors, operational amplifiers, filters, oscillators, regulation circuits and special purpose diodes.

AMEE 1405 - Basic Electronic-Digital
The learner is introduced to the avionics data bus and logic systems, controls and displays including number systems, logic gate functions, integrated circuits and digital systems.

AMEE 1500 - Communications Systems I
The learner is introduced to electronic communications theory and is given the opportunity to perform tests on communications systems. Topics that are discussed include signal modulation, transmission line theory, antenna theory, radio frequency (RF) wave propagation, digital data transmission, satellite communications concepts, fibre optics, RF connectors and cable selection.

AMEE 1501 - Communications Systems II
The learner is introduced to aircraft audio systems and test aircraft communications equipment. The communications systems discussed include interphone, VHF FM, VHF/UHF FM, HF, Emergency Locator Transmitter, passenger entertainment systems, and radiotelephone.

AMEE 1502 - Communications Systems III
The learner installs, troubleshoots, analyzes operation and performs maintenance on various aircraft communications systems.

AMEE 1503 - Avionics Navigation I
Learners are introduced to the VHF Omni-range Navigation System, Area Navigation, and Satellite Navigation Global Positioning systems. Much of the learner’s time is focused on the testing and installation of avionics navigation systems.

AMEE 1504 - Avionics Navigation II
Learners are introduced to a variety of systems: the Instrument Landing System (ILS), Microwave Landing System (MLS), Inertial Navigation Reference System (INS/IRS), Air traffic Control System (ATC), Flight Management System (FMS), and the Heads-Up Display (HUD).

AMEE 1506 - Radar Navigation
The course introduces learners to microwave principles and pulse techniques, Doppler principles, ATC transponders, airborne DME systems, Weather Radar, Radio Altimeters, TCAS and GPWS.

AMEE 1507 - Automatic Flight Control Systems
The learner is introduced to the principles of automatic flight control. The automatic flight control system, components, and operation checks are discussed.

AMEE 1508 - Aircraft Electrical Systems I
The learner is introduced to aircraft batteries, DC generators and control, AC generators, Aircraft AC voltage control, electrical power conversion, DC and AC motors, Electrical motor systems, and electrical control and circuit protection. A significant amount of practical work is performed by the learner.

AMEE 1509 - Aircraft Electrical Systems II
This second course in Aircraft Electrical Systems concentrates heavily on practical work as the learner is introduced to the electrical monitoring, warning and lighting system, electrical power distribution, and precipitation static. With a focus on safety, the learner performs electrical system maintenance and fabricates a wiring harness.

AMEE 1510 - Aircraft Instrumentation Systems I
The learner is introduced to aircraft instruments and instrument systems. Pressure measuring instruments, temperature measuring instruments, gyroscopic instruments and magnetic compasses are discussed.

AMEE 1511 - Aircraft Instrumentation Systems II
Discussions continue in aircraft instrumentation systems with topics such as electronic display and indication instruments, electrical flight instruments, and systems instruments. The learner also receives practical experience in the installation and maintenance procedures associated with aircraft instrumentation systems.

AMEE 1512 - Wiring and Tooling Application
This course concentrates primarily on practical work as the learner applies skills and knowledge previously learned during other courses as well as during this course. There is some new theory and some review of previously studied theory material. With a focus on safety, the learner performs electrical system/wiring maintenance, installation, inspection, tooling and fabricates and repairs wiring harnesses in accordance with the appropriate legal documents supplied from government regulating bodies and the aircraft manufacturers.

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.

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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