Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Aviation Program By The Facts

Aviation technician schools should aim to offer their students a perfect balance between essential lessons in theory and practical application of that theory. In just two years, Centennial College’s aviation program Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance does just that. Here’s how.

  • Partners and supporters who serve as members of Centennial College’s advisory committees keep all of Centennial College’s aviation technician schools abreast about the latest developments in the industry.
  • Industry partners and supporters directly enhance student learning by participating as guest speakers and panelists, sharing their knowledge and expertise.
  • This offering is affiliated with the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Association and the Aircraft Electronics Association.
  • The goal of this aviation program is to teach students to be responsible for certification of aircraft electrical and electronics systems after the completion of maintenance, inspection, repair or replacement.
  • Aviation technician school grads are able to perform tasks/activities associated with the maintenance and repair of the aircraft’s various electronic systems — electrical power distribution and control, navigation, flight instrumentation, communication and radar.
  • Specific topics covered in this aviation program include: theory of flight, avionics troubleshooting practices, piston engines and propellers, sheet metal and aircraft structures, tools, materials and processes; aircraft publication, aircraft applied mathematics, electrical fundamentals, avionics fundamentals, aviation installation practices, safety and human factors, and more.
  • The offering is housed at Ashtonbee Campus, which is the largest transportation training centre in the province.
  • To ensure students obtain hands-on practice prior to graduation, Ashtobee Campus includes a fully functioning airplane hangar. Licensed by Transport Canada, it features a “fleet” of 10 aircraft, which are used as training aids by the aviation program students.
  • Through aviation program lab work, students learn standard industry techniques and processes.
  • To graduate from this aviation program with an Ontario College Diploma, students must obtain at minimum a C grade in all courses.
  • Transport Canada accreditation is provided to aviation program graduates who meet attendance requirements, project completion requirements and attain 70 percent in each course.
  • Successful graduates of this aviation program who meet the accreditation requirements are eligible for an 18-month experience credit and technical examination credit towards the regulatory requirements for issue of a Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License.
  • Grads find work at avionic-approved shops and aircraft manufacturing companies or in non-aircraft related electronic industries.

To apply for this aviation program, interested parties must already have completed at minimum 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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