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Avionics Technology

Closed for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Start your career as an aircraft avionics technician, leading up to your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license, by learning to repair and maintain the electrical and electronic systems — including communication, navigation and data systems — in all types of airplanes and helicopters.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $6,093
Year 2: $5,626
Year 1 (International): $19,456
Year 2 (International): $17,775

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: a career investigation report and an interview (if requested). 

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2017 are accepted until March 31, 2017.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2017 Sept. 5, 2017
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Over 85 years of aviation

We started with our first class, Aeronautics, in 1930. And over 85 years later, we are now a leader in aviation training. In 2004 we opened the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology, Canada's most comprehensive aerospace training facility, located at the Calgary International Airport.

Program Details

Program Description

The Avionics Technology program offers the student the knowledge and skills required to start a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) "E". As an "E" licensed AME, you will be responsible for the servicing and repair of aircraft electrical and electronic systems. An "E" licensed aircraft maintenance engineer will maintain and repair the aircraft communication, navigation and data systems. The Avionic Technology program covers all the aspects of aircraft avionics systems used in general aviation, corporate, charter, transport category aircraft, and helicopters.

The program is four semesters in length with a break between semesters two and three. All classes are scheduled at the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology, located at the Calgary International Airport.

Some of the courses in this program are web-based and will require the students to access information from the Internet. These courses are delivered in one of the two computer labs available at the Art Smith Aero Centre. Students are not required to purchase a laptop for this program.

Your Career

Graduates find work as avionics technicians and technologists.

  • Graduates of the Avionics Technology program have a 100% employment rate

Student Success

  • Most successful students spend approximately two hours each day doing homework and review, with additional study required to prepare for exams.
  • The material is presented at a fairly rapid rate so for the greatest level of success, students must be present and take responsibility for their learning experience.
  • Students must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.
  • Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Avionics Technology.

Accreditation

The program's accreditation is ongoing and subject to periodic audits from Transport Canada. Students achieving 50% or higher in each course as well as maintain a 2.0 GPA will receive a SAIT diploma.

Graduates who are in compliance with the required attendance (95%) and minimum marks of 70% in each course will receive Transport Canada credit of 18 months work experience towards the ‘E' category AME license.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted until March 31, 2017.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Six Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted by March 31 to be included in selection. 
  • You must complete the selection requirements to be considered for admission.

Selection Criteria

  • Qualified applicants will receive a selection package and be required to complete a Career Investigation Report.
  • Packages will be scored based on completeness, following direction, and your Career Investigation Report.
  • If required, an interview may be requested.

Step 4: Apply to Avionics Technology and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Complete and submit the Career Investigation Report.

  • Log in to mySAIT to check your admission status. If your status indicates you're "In Selection", you will receive the career investigation package via the email you provided in your application.
  • You must submit your Career Investigation Report within two weeks of receiving it.
  • Save it in the format of LastName_FirstName_IDNumber and submit it to aviation.selection@sait.ca.
  • You must complete the Career Investigation Report to be considered for admission.

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We receive a significant number of applications for this program so the selection process can take some time. Every effort will be made to maintain the timeline above. We appreciate your patience. 

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applicants, we cannot provide any assistance or follow-up as to why the candidate was not competitive.

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AERO-220 Aerodynamics 1.5
ELCM-355 Avionics Systems Introduction Theory 1.5
ELCM-356 Avionics Systems Introduction Lab 1.5
ELEC-214 Electricity for Aircraft Theory 1.5
ELTR-216 Applied Electronics Problems 1.5
ELTR-235 Electronics I Theory 3.0
ELTR-236 Electronics I Lab 3.0
STDP-215 Standard Practices I Theory 1.5
STDP-224 Standard Practices I Lab 1.5
Semester 1 Total 16.5

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AREG-250 Introduction to Canadian Aviation Regulatory Requirements 1.5
DATA-310 Aircraft Instruments 1.5
DFTG-250 Aircraft Electrical Drawing I 1.5
DIGI-235 Digital I Theory 3.0
DIGI-236 Digital I Lab 1.5
ELCM-250 Electronic Communications Theory 1.5
ELTR-259 Electronics II Theory 3.0
ELTR-260 Electronics II Lab 1.5
STDP-283 Standard Practices II Lab 1.5
Semester 2 Total 16.5
First Year Total 33.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ASYS-310 Aircraft Navigation Systems 1.5
ASYS-320 Electrical Interface I Theory 1.5
ASYS-350 Electrical Interface II Theory 1.5
ASYS-351 Electrical Interface II Laboratory 1.5
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
DFTG-305 Aircraft Electrical Drawing II 1.5
ELCM-348 Communications Systems II Lab 3.0
ELCM-349 Communications Systems II Theory 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ASYS-220 Aircraft Systems Theory 1.5
ASYS-225 Aircraft Systems Laboratory 1.5
AVTR-353 Introduction to Technical Records 1.5
CMPH-365 Aircraft Computers 1.5
CNTR-360 AutoPilot and Control Systems 1.5
EFAB-340 Avionics Systems Installation 1.5
ELCM-390 Avionics Systems Laboratory 3.0
ENGN-240 Aircraft Engines Theory 1.5
HFAC-245 Human Factors 1.5
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 63.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


 

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $5,130 $440 $523 $6,093
2 $4,664 $440 $523 $5,626

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $18,493 $440 $523 $19,456
2 $16,812 $440 $523 $17,775

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books are approximately $1,000 for the first year and $100 for the second year.
  • The required tools, personal safety equipment, and coveralls will cost approximately $1,200; however, prices vary depending on the quality and brand of tools chosen.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

Art Smith Aero Centre
403.284.7018
aerocentre@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Advances in the aviation industry have been steady since Stephen went to SAIT and his work has been part of that. But, while the curriculum at SAIT may have changed since he was at school, the hands-on instruction that gave him his start in the industry hasn’t.

Stephen Harke
Avionics Technology | 2014

“One of the biggest pluses of the education from SAIT was that almost every course was very practical,” he says. “I would be in the classroom in the morning and then, in the afternoon, go to work at Western Avionics and put into practice what I’d learned that morning.”