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Avionics Technology

Open for Fall 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 Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Start your career as an aircraft avionics technician by learning to repair and maintain the electrical and electronic systems — including communication, navigation and data systems — in all types of airplanes and helicopters.

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.

Is this the right fit for me?

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.


The program's accreditation is ongoing and subject to periodic audits from Transport Canada. 


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

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.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • avionics technician 
  • avionics technologist 
  • aircraft electronics technician 
  • mechanic 

Related careers include:

  • electronic engineering technologist 
  • aircraft structures technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,850
Year 2: $7,257

Year 1 (International): $22,950
Year 2 (International): $21,921

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


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 fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
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.

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

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.

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. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
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 Sciences for Aviation Electronics 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 code Course name Credit
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

Second year

Semester 3

Course code Course name Credit
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 Laboratory 3.0
ELCM-349 Communications Systems II Theory 3.0
Semester 3 total 15.0

Semester 4

Course code Course name Credit
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
Program total 63.0


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:

  • Griffith University
  • SAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit transfer options.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $6,517 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,850
2 $5,924 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,257

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $21,617 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $22,950
2 $20,588 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $21,921

*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. 


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 $1,000 for the first year and $100 for the second year.
  • The required tools and personal safety equipment will cost approximately $1,200. 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


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

Learn more about 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

Additional technology requirements

Students will require a subscription to AutoCAD. 

Required equipment/tools

A tool list will be provided at orientation. You'll have to purchase these during your first few weeks of classes. 

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

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

Wait to purchase this equipment. The industry-approved PPE you'll need 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 is required for this term. 


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

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