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Avionics Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Closed for Spring 2020

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: $6,115
Year 2: $5,648
Year 1 (International): $20,450
Year 2 (International): $18,701

Year 1: $7,147
Year 2: $6,608
Year 1 (International): $22,017
Year 2 (International): $20,146

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


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?

  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until June 30, 2020.
  • Applications for Spring 2020 opened Dec. 13, 2019 and are accepted until April 15, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Spring 2020* May 4, 2020

*No winter semester — break from Jan. to April

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.

Program Details

Program description

The Avionics Technology program offers students 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 an 88% 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.

Credentials and accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Avionics 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 'E' 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:

  • Griffith University
  • SAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit transfer options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019, to June 30, 2020.
  • Spring 2020 start: applications opened Dec. 13, 2019 and are accepted until April 15, 2020.

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

View additional Avionics Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Courses may be scheduled between 8:00 am — 9:00 pm

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-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
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. 


Tuition and fees per year*

2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $5,130 $462 $288 $235 $6,115
2 $4,664 $462 $288 $235 $5,648

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $19,240 $462 $288 $460 $20,450
2 $17,491 $462 $288 $460 $18,701

2020/21 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

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $20,587 $682 $288 $460 $22,017
2 $18,716 $682 $288 $460 $20,146

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


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: $460
  • 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, 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.

Contact Information

Art Smith Aero Centre

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.”

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