Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Aviation Program By Semester

This article breaks down the Aviation program at Centennial College known as Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance by its four semesters.

Aviation technician schools often include courses that don’t directly benefit students once they enter their careers. That isn’t the case with Centennial College’s aviation programs, which have a clear emphasis on courses that not only balance theory and practice but also relate directly to the field. Part of the reason for the stringent focus is that partners and supporters who serve as members of Centennial College’s advisory committees keep all the institution’s aviation technician schools abreast about industry developments.

Let’s take a look at the four semesters of this aviation program, which teaches students 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.

Semester One: The first semesters of this aviation program consists of basic level courses that ensure foundation. For example, Avionics Fundamentals helps students to learn the principles, concepts, operations and indications relating to avionics instrument and navigation equipment/system; aircraft directional and measuring equipment/ systems. Meanwhile, other basic level courses include: Safety and Human Factors, Piston Engines and Propellers, Theory of Flight, Aircraft Publications, Aircraft Applied Mathematics and Electrical Fundamentals.

Semester Two: Once students of this aviation technician school have a basic idea of the avionics industry, they move onto more advanced topics. Avionics Fundamentals, for example, is presented at a more advanced level and hands-on courses allow students to make use of their environment. At Ashtonbee Campus, students have access to a fully functioning airplane hangar. It is licensed by Transport Canada and has a “fleet” of 10 aircraft as well as modern equipment mirroring current industry trends. This comes in handy for courses such as Turbine Engines, Aircraft Hydraulics and Landing Gear, Airframe Systems, Aircraft Instruments and more.

Semester Three: Semester three of this aviation program consists of four courses: Avionics Installation Practices (basic avionics installation practices through the use of VHF Communication and VHF Navigation systems); Avionics Troubleshooting Practices (troubleshooting theory and application relating to various routine tasks related to an avionics technician) Communications Systems Maintenance (systems maintenance and repair, including radios, emergency locator transmitter, selective calling, passenger entertainment and services systems); and Digital Avionics Practices (digital logic and devices including numbering systems, Boolean algebra, logic gates, integrated circuit types and operational amplifiers).

Semester Four: Aside from courses like Pulse Navigation Systems and Navigation Systems Maintenance, the aviation program wraps up with advanced lessons in Digital Avionics Practices and Avionics Troubleshooting Practices.

Students must obtain at minimum a C grade average in all courses to graduate from this aviation program with an Ontario College Diploma. However, Transport Canada requires a 70 percent average, attendance and project completion requirements to receive accreditation. Lastly, program grads 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.

Aviation program applicants must prove that they 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.

Author Details: Emma wrote this article about the Aviation Technician school at Centennial College. She offers a look at how students benefit from each of its semesters.

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