Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Avionics Programs Put Focus on Electronics and Advanced Avionics Systems

Have you completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or General Education Development or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older? Have you also taken the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent and Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent? In addition do you have an interest in the avionics technician industry, which sees technicians maintaining engine operations, flight patterns, navigation systems, radio communications and weather radar systems; and inspecting, testing and double-checking electrical power distribution and control as well as flight instrumentation? If you answered ‘yes' you many want to consider attending Centennial College's avionics program, known officially as Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance.

To meet the needs of Toronto's sizeable aviation community, Centennial College's avionics program and aviation technician schools programs are facilitated out of Ashtonee Campus, the province's largest transportation training centre. Housed within this facility are an airport hangar, airplanes and modern equipment reflecting the current trends in the industry. All of these tools are available to students to help them gain hands-on experience during the two years they spend in the undertaking. Leading students in their training are faculty members who are highly skilled, with years of experience and extensive technical expertise, and with a deep commitment to the program, its students and their success. Aside from faculty, partners and supporters of the avionics program are members of Centennial College's advisory committees and participate as guest speakers and panelists, sharing their knowledge and expertise for the benefit and enhancement of the program. Through these partnerships students and the College are provided with aircraft, components, technical resources and access to industry information and the latest technology.

The avionics program is split between theory and lab training with shop work on various aircraft, learning basic electronics and sophisticated avionic systems used in modern aircraft and becoming comfortable with the aircraft's various electronic systems. Specific courses offered within this undertaking include: Theory of Flight (students learn the principles of flight, to include atmosphere, aircraft aerodynamics/control and stability and high-speed flight. The course also provides study of the principles of rotary wing design, flight characteristics, stability and control); Avionics Trouble Shooting Practices (student study avionics troubleshooting theory and application relating to various routine tasks related to an avionics technician. The lab component of the course provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge as related to tasks associated with daily inspections, auto-flight testing, static wick testing, bonding tests, and wire harness integrity inspection on mature aircraft); Avionics Installation Practices (student study basic avionics installation practices through lecture and with hands-on practice of both VHF Communication and VHF Navigation systems); and more.

To graduate from this aviation technician schools program, students must achieve a minimum C grade in all courses. Transport Canada accreditation requires both a minimum B grade in every course and an absentee rate of less than five per cent of the total program hours. Graduates who meet attendance requirements, project completion requirements, and attain 70 per cent in each course, are granted up to 18 months credit towards their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's licence (E rating).

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