Monday, April 22, 2013

Aviation Programs Offers Knowledge You’ll Apply with Confidence

“This program has been such a pleasure to attend,” says graduate Victoria Welch of Centennial College’s Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance offering, one of the respected avionics programs offered in Ontario. “I feel like I was given a proper education and I feel so confident moving forward with the skills I learned from [the] talented staff. I was so impressed with the high quality education that each teacher worked so hard to pass on.” Meanwhile, 2012 graduate Waris Ullah says, “The learning atmosphere was perfect since we had brilliant and admiring professors lecturing, which made me sit back and think in my mind, ‘Yes, I want to be here.’”

These two powerful testimonials demonstrate the caliber of learning offered in this Avionics program, which not only results in an Ontario College Diploma but also allows students the opportunity for Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace accreditation for recognition towards meeting the basic training requirements for CCAA occupational trade certification as an Avionics Maintenance Technician. It should be noted that to be eligible, graduates must have an absenteeism rate of less than 5 per cent (of the total program hours) and have maintained a 70 per cent (B) grade in each course in the program.

As for the Avionics Program itself, the focus is on the aircraft’s various electronic systems — electrical power distribution and control, navigation, flight instrumentation, communication and radar. With students also learning theory and practical application in topics such as: safety and human factors, piston engines and propellers, sheet metal and aircraft structures, tools, materials and processes; theory of flight, aircraft publication, aircraft applied mathematics, electrical fundamentals, avionics fundamentals, aviation installation practices, avionics troubleshooting practices and more.

The Avionics program is offered out of Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus, which includes a fully functional aircraft hangar, licensed by Transport Canada, complete with a “fleet” of 10 aircraft. This along with faculty members, who are highly skilled, with years of experience and extensive technical expertise, with a deep commitment to the program, ensures students’ success.

Graduation from this aviation program requires students to obtain at minimum a C grade in all courses. As a result of the Avionics program, students become bench technicians for avionic-approved shops and aircraft manufacturing companies. These professionals are responsible for setting up and operating ground support and testing equipment to perform functional flight tests of electrical and electronic systems; testing and troubleshooting instruments, components, and assemblies; keeping records of maintenance and repair work; interpreting flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and systemic performance problems; installing electrical and electronic components, assemblies and systems in aircraft; connecting components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos, inverters, and in-flight refueling systems; assembling components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes; and more. Graduates of the Avionics program may also work in related non-aircraft electronic industries.

Applicants to this Avionics program in Canada must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or General Education Development or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have completed 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.

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