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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Mechanical

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

A man working on the inside of a plane's side engine.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years

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Get hands-on instruction from experienced faculty while working inside a hangar on a variety of aircraft, including small and medium-sized planes, helicopters, drones and components from larger aircraft. 

In this program, you:

  • Develop skills for the repair and maintenance of airframes, engines and associated systems for airplanes and helicopters
  • 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
  • Learn how to 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

  • 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 Mechanical 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. 


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):
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 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 and repair/overhaul facilities throughout North America.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Future study options

  • Become an aircraft technician with a maintenance 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 “M” rating, which is associated with an aircraft maintenance specialty.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

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