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Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology

Closed for Fall 2019

Open for Winter 2020

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

Program Highlights

Train to become an aircraft maintenance technician and be responsible for the service and repair of all types of airplanes and helicopters — with the eventual opportunity to obtain your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,378
Year 2: $5,378
Year 1 (International): $16,700
Year 2 (International): $16,700

*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 2019 are accepted Oct. 3, 2018 to March 1, 2019.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2019.
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020

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.

Program Details

Program description

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 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.

Your career

Graduates find work as aircraft maintenance technicians leading to an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) "M" license. Upon successful program completion and achieving 70% or greater in all of the courses and a minimum of 95% program attendance, you will receive 18-months credit toward a mandatory 48-month work experience requirement from Transport Canada in order to obtain your AME license.

  • Graduates of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology program have a 98% employment rate.

Student success

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.

Credentials and accreditation

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

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 "M" category AME license.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2019 start: applications are accepted Oct. 3, 2018 to March 1, 2019.
  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2019. 

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
  • 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. 

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 1 (for fall intake) or Sept. 30 (for winter intake) 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 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers 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 10 days of receiving it.
  • 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

View additional Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Fall Program start

First year

Semester 1 - Group A

Course codeCourse nameCredit
AMAT-220 Applied Mathematics for Aircraft Maintenance 1.5
ARCP-270 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals 6.0
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 codeCourse nameCredit
ASYS-245 Aircraft Systems I 3.0
AMAT-220 Applied Mathematics for Aircraft Maintenance 1.5
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
ARCP-270 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals 6.0
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
ARCP-270 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals 6.0
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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.


Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $4,405 $450 $523 $5,378
2 $4,405 $450 $523 $5,378

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $15,727 $450 $523 $16,700
2 $15,727 $450 $523 $16,700

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290

SAIT Students' Association fees

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

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.

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

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