Aircraft Maintenance Engineers work so closely with a variety of aircraft that they learn to tell the differences between the curve of their wings and where to find their hidden flight data recorders.
The training provided in our program is applicable to both rotary wing aircraft (helicopters) and fixed wing aircraft, covering a wide range of subjects with emphasis on practical training. Some of the major subjects taught include aviation law, theory of flight, power plants (turbine and piston), air frame structures and systems, hydraulics, electrical and avionics systems.
The AME-M program at Okanagan College in partnership with Northern Lights College has recently been reviewed and updated. As a result of information and technology changes, and improvements to the learning structure to create better opportunities for students, the program has been changed. The primary changes of note are as follows:
1. The program will be renamed Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) as of September 2019**
2. The AMT program will be a 4-semester, 2-year program or approximately 20 months. The first 3 semesters (55 weeks) of training take place at Okanagan College Aerospace Campus in Vernon, BC. The final semester (18 weeks) takes place at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek. The diploma in conferred by Northern Lights College. Admission requirements will remain unchanged for the September 2019 intake and will be revised for the February 2020 intake. **
The curriculum will continue to follow Transport Canada's guidelines and accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program, Transport Canada will grant graduates 18 months of experience credit toward the 48-month experience requirements for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license.
**Please note that these changes have been approved by Northern Lights College and are currently undergoing Okanagan College's approval process.
Outcomes: The curriculum follows Transport Canada's guidelines and upon successful completion of the program, Transport Canada will grant graduates 18 months of experience credits toward the 48-month experience requirement for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license. Graduates also receive a diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Northern Lights College.
Employment Opportunities: Aircraft Maintenance Technicians work for airline companies, the armed forces, and anywhere where aircraft are engineered, manufactured or maintained.
Locations: Vernon Aerospace Campus 6225 Okanagan Landing Rd