Our history in aviation

After being previously put on hold by the events of WWII, public training and classes resumed at the campus on North Hill, and the aviation program became a three-year Aeronautical Engineering program.

As the modern era of aviation took hold, and the industry began to grow in Canada, SAIT introduced two new programs, the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program (present-day Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology) in 1957 and Avionics Technology in 1975, to help meet industry demand. 

In 1996, in response to a need defined by the Department of National Defense, another aviation program was added: Aircraft Structures Technician. The addition of this program completed the evolution to the programs offered by the School of Transportation.

With successful programs and recognition of a future labour shortage, SAIT took the lead in responding to industry demand for more aviation maintenance graduates and sought assistance in developing a new aviation campus at the Calgary International Airport.

After years of planning and with the collaborative support of the Alberta Provincial Government, the Government of Canada, the City of Calgary, the Calgary International Airport Authority, and industry partners, a new facility, the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology, was built on land connected to Taxiway "N," a celebrated jewel in SAIT's crown.

Art Smith Aero Centre

Inside the Art Smith Aero Centre hangarAccessible by private vehicle, public transportation or air, the Aero Centre's facilities and programs are designed and operated to meet the industry and SAIT standards, emphasizing exceptional classroom education and hands-on training.

Corporate facilities and shared classroom space create opportunities for the industry to conduct its training or participate in joint training.

Occupying 17 acres of land at the Calgary International Airport, connected to Taxiway N, the Art Smith Aero Centre includes:

  • a 21,000 sq. ft. hangar that can accommodate a 737-700
  • 13 labs, including sheet metal, composite material, gas turbine, avionics, helicopter, reciprocating engine, aircraft maintenance, and computer labs
  • 7 state-of-the-art classrooms
  • study areas and a full cafeteria
  • 110,000 sq. ft. concrete apron (ground side)
  • 18,000 sq. ft. ancillary asphalt apron.


Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology

Credential type  Diploma   International applicants  International applicants accepted   Program length  2 years

Train to service and repair all types of airplanes and helicopters with the opportunity to obtain your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology

Aircraft Structures Technician

Credential type  Certificate   International applicants  International applicants accepted   Program length  1 year

Study for a career as an aircraft repair or structures technician, leading up to your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license, through this program that teaches the modification and repair of aircraft, helicopters and their structural components.

Aircraft Structures Technician

Avionics Technology

Credential type  Diploma   International applicants  International applicants accepted   Program length  2 years

Earn your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license by learning to repair and maintain the electrical and electronic systems in all types of airplanes and helicopters.

Avionics Technology

Professional Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems New program!

Credential type  Certificate   International applicants  Not open to international applicants   Program length  15 weeks

Gain specialized professional skills to become a drone pilot in this emerging field with application to various industries.

Professional Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Contact us

Art Smith Aero Centre

1916 McCall Landing NE
Calgary, Alberta
T2E 9B5

403.284.7018 aerocentre@sait.ca

Monday - Friday | 6 am - 9 pm | Saturday and Sunday | 6 am - 6 pm

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.