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Avionics Technology

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Closed for Winter 2021

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.


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 and maintaining 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. 

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: $7,147
Year 2: $6,608

Year 1 (International): $21,900 
Year 2 (International): $20,029

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

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 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
First year total 33.0

Second year

Semester 3

Course code Course name Credit
ASYS-310 Aircraft Navigation Systems 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
Second year total 30.0
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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ >5,925 $682 $288 $252 $ 7,147
2 $ 5,386 $682 $288 $252 $ 6,608

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $20,587 $682 $288 $344 $21,900
2 $18,716 $682 $288 $344 $20,029


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • 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.

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* 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.

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

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)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during orientation. 

Coveralls and safety glasses are required. You'll be able to purchase these from SAIT using credit or debit. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


Phone: 403.284.7018
Email: aerocentre@sait.ca

Academic chair

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

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Art Smith Aero Centre

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