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Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology

Open for Fall 2022

Waitlisted for Winter 2022

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Overview

The Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology program offers the student the knowledge and skills required to enter a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. Once employed in the aviation industry, students may work toward the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer “M” (AME) license. An Aircraft Maintenance Technician/Engineer is responsible for the servicing and repair of aircraft and aircraft components.

The program covers all the aspects of aircraft maintenance including general aviation, corporate, charter, transport category aircraft, and helicopters. This is a two-year diploma program and 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.

Is this the right fit for me?

Most successful students spend approximately two hours per 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 in high school usually experience more success in SAIT’s programs.

Accreditation

The program’s accreditation is ongoing and subject to periodic audits from Transport Canada. Students achieving 50 per cent 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 “M” category AME license.

Credential

Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • aircraft maintenance technician 
  • aircraft maintenance engineer (AME)* 
  • airplane mechanic 

Related careers include: 

  • avionics technician 
  • aircraft structure technician 
  • agricultural equipment technician 

*Upon successful completion of the program and achieving 70% or greater in all courses and a minimum of 95% attendance, graduates can receive 18-months credit towards a mandatory 48-month work experience requirement from Transport Canada in order to obtain their AME license.<

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,662
Year 2: $6,662

Year 1 (International): $18,022
Year 2 (International): $18,683

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 29, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

Over 85 years of aviation

We started with our first class, Aeronautics, in 1930. 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30, and
  • 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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: four-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: Apply and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.  

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

Step 4: Log in to  mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your  application status

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

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. 

Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Fall program start

First year

Semester 1 - Group A
Course code Course name Credit
AMAT-220 Applied Mathematics for Aircraft Maintenance 1.5
ARCP-210 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals Theory 3.0
ARCP-215 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals Lab 3.0
AREG-250 Introduction to Canadian Aviation Regulatory Requirements 1.5
ASYS-245 Aircraft Systems I 3.0
STDP-240 Aircraft Standard Practices 3.0
Semester 1 - Group A - total 15.0
Semester 1 - Group B
Course code Course name Credit
AMAT-220 Applied Mathematics for Aircraft Maintenance 1.5
ASYS-245 Aircraft Systems I 3.0
EMTL-240 Aircraft Sheet Metal Basics 1.5
EMTL-255 Aircraft Structural Theory 3.0
EMTL-260 Sheet Metal and Composite Laboratory 3.0
STDP-240 Aircraft Standard Practices 3.0
Semester 1 - Group B - total 15.0
Semester 2 - Group A
Course code Course name Credit
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
ELEC-269 Basic Electricity for Aircraft 3.0
EMTL-240 Aircraft Sheets Metal Basics 1.5
EMTL-255 Aircraft Structural Theory 3.0
EMTL-260 Sheet Metal and Composite Laboratory 3.0
HELI-280 Helicopter Fundamentals 3.0
Semester 2 - Group A - total 15.0
First-year - Group A - total 30.0
Semester 2 - Group B
Course code Course name Credit
ARCP-210 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals Theory 3.0
ARCP-215 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals Lab 3.0
AREG-250 Introduction to Canadian Aviation Regulatory Requirements 1.5
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
ELEC-269 Basic Electricity for Aircraft 3.0
HELI-280 Helicopter Fundamentals 3.0
Semester 2 - Group B - total 15.0
First-year - Group B - total 30.0

Second year

Semester 3 - Group A
Course code Course name Credit
ASYS-340 Aircraft Systems II 3.0
ELEC-279 Aircraft Electricity and Electronics 3.0
ELTR-310 Aircraft Instrument and Communications Systems 3.0
INSP-310 Introduction to Aircraft Inspection 3.0
INSP-350 Advanced Aircraft Inspection 3.0
Semester 3 - Group A - total 15.0
Semester 3 - Group B
Course code Course name Credit
ASYS-340 Aircraft Systems II 3.0
ELEC-279 Aircraft Electricity and Electronics 3.0
ELTR-310 Aircraft Instrument and Communications Systems 3.0
HELI-320 Helicopter Maintenance Practices 3.0
TRBN-360 Aircraft Turbine Engine Essentials 3.0
Semester 3 - Group B - total 15.0
Semester 4 - Group A
Course code Course name Credit
AVTR-315 Aviation Technical Records 1.5
ELTR-315 Aircraft Navigation 3.0
HELI-320 Helicopter Maintenance Practices 3.0
MGMT-315 Aircraft Maintenance Management 1.5
STDP-310 Employability Fundamentals for Aircraft Maintenance 3.0
TRBN-360 Aircraft Turbine Engine Essentials 3.0
Semester 4 - Group A - total 15.0
Second-year - Group A - total 30.0
Program - total 60.0
Semester 4 - Group B
Course code Course name Credit
AVTR-315 Aircraft Technical Records 1.5
ELTR-315 Aircraft Navigation 3.0
INSP-310 Introduction to Aircraft Inspection 3.0
INSP-350 Advanced Aircraft Inspection 3.0
MGMT-315 Aircraft Maintenance Management 1.5
STDP-310 Employability Fundamentals for Aircraft Maintenance 3.0
Semester 4 - Group B - total 15.0
Second-year - Group B - total 30.0
Program - total 60.0

Winter program start

First year

Semester 1 - Group C
Course code Course name Credit
AMAT-220 Applied Mathematics for Aircraft Maintenance 1.5
AREG-250 Introduction to Canadian Aviation Regulatory Requirements 1.5
ASYS-245 Aircraft Systems I 3.0
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
ELEC-269 Basic Electricity for Aircraft 3.0
EMTL-240 Aircraft Sheet Metal Basics 1.5
STDP-240 Aircraft Standard Practices 3.0
Semester 1 - Group C - total 15.0
Semester 2 - Group C
Course code Course name Credit
ARCP-210 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals Theory 3.0
ARCP-215 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals Lab 3.0
EMTL-255 Aircraft Structural Theory 3.0
EMTL-260 Sheet Metal and Composite Laboratory 3.0
HELI-280 Helicopter Fundamentals 3.0
Semester 2 - Group C - total 15.0
First-year - Group C - total 30.0

Second year

Semester 3 - Group C
Course code Course name Credit
ASYS-340 Aircraft Systems II 3.0
AVTR-315 Aircraft Technical Records 1.5
ELEC-279 Aircraft Electricity and Electronics 3.0
ELTR-310 Aircraft Instrument and Communications Systems 3.0
ELTR-315 Aircraft Navigation 3.0
MGMT-315 Aircraft Maintenance Management 1.5
Semester 3 - Group C - total 15.0
Semester 4 - Group C
Course code Course name Credit
HELI-320 Helicopter Maintenance Practices 3.0
INSP-310 Introduction to Aircraft Inspection 3.0
INSP-350 Advanced Aircraft Inspection 3.0
STDP-310 Employability Fundamentals for Aircraft Maintenance 3.0
TRBN-360 Aircraft Turbine Engine Essentials 3.0
Semester 4 - Group C - total 15.0
Second-year - Group C - total 30.0
Program - total 60.0

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.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit transfer options.


Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,329 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,662
2 $5,329 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,662

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $16,689 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $18,022
2 $17,350 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $18,683

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books are approximately $600 for the first year and $450 for the second year.
  • The required tools, personal safety equipment, and coveralls will cost approximately $1,450; however, prices vary depending on the quality and brand of tools chosen.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place Sept. 2 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more your orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

A tool list will be provided at orientation. You'll need to purchase your tools in the first few weeks of classes.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

Coveralls, safety glasses and a respirator are required. Safety glasses and the respirator can be purchased using a debit or credit card at SAIT. Coveralls will need to be purchased elsewhere. 

Wait to purchase this equipment. Industry-approved PPE will be discussed at orientation. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.7018
Email: aerocentre@sait.ca

Academic chair

Stephanie Hogewoning, Academic Chair
Email:  stephanie.hogewoning@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Art Smith Aero Centre
403.284.7018
aerocentre@sait.ca

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