Centres of Excellence - Aerospace

NLC's Aerospace Centre of Excellence opened in 1981

AME student in classA diverse fleet of aircraft and a 26,000 square foot hangar are just two reasons that aspiring and current aircraft maintenance engineers look to the Dawson Creek Campus of Northern Lights College for their training.

When the program began in 1981, the fleet consisted of three planes – a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, an Alouette helicopter, and a Piper PA-50 Aztec.

Now, the diverse fleet consists of several helicopters, including a Robinson R44, MD500D, AS350D, Hughes 300C, Bell 205 and 206, and six fixed-wing airplanes, including a Cessna 180, Cessna 310, Piper Aztec 250, King Air B90, and British Aerospace JetStream 31.

“The variety of aircraft we have here is unique—students see and work on helicopters and airplanes that they will encounter when they get out into the workforce,” said (then AME program chair), Hal Hobenshield.

“No matter if the student goes into helicopter or fixed wing maintenance engineering, these are the aircraft that they are going to work on as aircraft maintenance engineers in Canada.”

The 15-month Basic Training program is designed to train individuals wanting to work in the aerospace industry. NLC’s program provides the full training component and 1.5 years of the four-year experience component required for licensing, category M1 or M2. 

Intakes for the Basic program occur in September and February. For more information, or to arrange to participate in a "Student for a Day" session, contact AME Program Chair Jim Smith at 250-782-5251, ext. 1224.

NLC's Aerospace Hangar in Dawson CreekAME program Aircraft and Hangar in Dawson Creek

For Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who already hold the equivalent of a valid Aircraft Maintenance Engineering License or have graduated from structured aircraft mainte­nance training, NLC offers Type Training courses – approved field maintenance courses for specific types of helicopter airframes and engines.Type Training courses attract students from around the globe including New Zealand, Austria, France and Venezuela to Northern Lights College because of the skills and reputation of our instructors and our training.

Looking for more details about the aircraft at NLC? View: History in the making - Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at NLC