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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Avionics

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

A  man inspecting the underside of an airplane wing.
Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

Learn how to repair and maintain electrical and electronic systems for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. This includes how to service, maintain, repair, overhaul, inspect and test all aircraft systems. Systems include electrical power distribution, communication, navigation, data, autopilot and various instrumentation systems.

Part of this training involves how to safely use and maintain hand tools, as well as specialized and more sophisticated tools and equipment. 

You learn all this from experienced faculty while working in a hangar on a variety of aircraft, including small and medium-sized planes, helicopters, drones and components from larger aircraft. 

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

Choose NSCC

  • Your faculty have strong industry connections and provide opportunities to learn from industry experts in specialized areas of study.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

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.
  • Program attendance is tracked in accordance with Transport Canada’s policy for Approved Training Organizations. To preserve a high standard of maintenance and flight safety, students who miss more than 5 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.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Classes at Aviation Institute Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available

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.

Tuition

2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tuition (Domestic):
$9,000
Tuition (International):
$11,690

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Work for various airlines, aircraft manufacturers, avionics shops and repair/overhaul facilities throughout North America and around the world.
  • 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.

Future study options

  • Become an aircraft maintenance technician with an electronics (avionics) specialization. NSCC is recognized as an authorized training organization by Transport Canada (TC) and approved to deliver specific programs of study leading to certification as an Aviation Maintenance Engineer (AME). Graduates who meet TC training standards qualify for 18 months of credit towards the total 48 months required for a licence with an “E” rating, which is associated with an aircraft electronics (avionics) specialty.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

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