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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Avionics

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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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


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.

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, 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.

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).

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AMEE 1102   Hand Tools and Precision Instruments
AMEE 1104   Aircraft Servicing
AMEE 1105   Aircraft Hardware
AMEE 1106   Aerodynamics
AMEE 1107   Metallurgy and Metallic Structures
AMEE 1109   Aircraft Drawings
AMEE 1200   Engines, Propellers and Fuel Systems
AMEE 1300   Landing Gear, Wheels, Tires and Brakes
AMEE 1305   Emergency and Environmental Systems
AMEE 1400   Math
AMEE 1401   DC Theory
AMEE 1402   AC Theory
AMEE 1403   Basic Electronics Analog I
AMEE 1404   Basic Electronics Analog II
AMEE 1405   Basic Electronic-Digital
AMEE 1500   Communications Systems I
AMEE 1501   Communications Systems II
AMEE 1502   Communications Systems III
AMEE 1503   Avionics Navigation I
AMEE 1504   Avionics Navigation II
AMEE 1506   Radar Navigation
AMEE 1507   Automatic Flight Control Systems
AMEE 1508   Aircraft Electrical Systems I
AMEE 1509   Aircraft Electrical Systems II
AMEE 1510   Aircraft Instrumentation Systems I
AMEE 1511   Aircraft Instrumentation Systems II
AMEE 1512   Wiring and Tooling Application
AMEG 1600   Workplace Safety
AMEG 1601   Human Factors
AMEG 1602   Canadian Aviation Regulations
AMEG 1603   Publications
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

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