Aircraft Maintenance Engineering - Basic Training

Important update for aircraft maintenance applicants
The AME program at Northern Lights College is being reviewed and updated, as is with all things in industry and education change is inevitable. The primary changes of note will be the program length. Commencing in September 2019, the program will be a 4-semester 2-year program or approximately 20 months. This will continue to include Transport Canada accreditation. Information and technology changes requiring more time and detail driving this change will allow students to successfully complete the program as a result. We will as in the past be delivering an excellent program that is well suited to the aircraft maintenance industry. We look forward to providing you the best possible education in the aircraft maintenance field and exceeding your expectations.

Aircraft Maintenance

Program Description

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers identify problems and repair and overhaul aircraft structural, mechanical and electrical systems. Interpreting technical manuals, drawings and blueprints, and testing aircraft systems require mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, a good understanding of computerized machinery, strong analytical skills, and the ability to read and understand service manuals. An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is responsible for ensuring the airworthiness of an aircraft, whether it is a fixed-wing airplane or a helicopter.

The 15-month Basic Training program is designed to train individuals wanting to work in the aerospace industry. There are three components required for license application: training, experience, and successful completion of the Canadian Aviation Regulation exam. Aircraft Main­tenance Engineers must complete a certified training program along with the required hours in industry to become certified. 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.

To watch a video outlining the program, click on the photo. 

Refer to the Transport Canada website for detailed license information.


Location: Dawson Creek Campus

Length: 63 weeks

Start: September and February

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent (Alberta/NWT equivalent course numbers in brackets) indicating successful completion in of:

  • Communications 11 (Alberta ELA 20-2), English 11 (Alberta ELA 20-1), or ENGL 040 = 67% (C+);
  • Communications 12 (Alberta ELA 30-2), English 12 (Alberta ELA 30-1), or ENGL 050 = 60% (C);
  • Applications of Mathematics 11 (Alberta Applied Math 20), or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 (Alberta Math 20-3) , or Foundations of Mathematics 11 (Alberta Math 20-2), or Principles of Mathematics 11 (Alberta Pure Math 20) to a 67%, or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 11, MATH 40 (Alberta Math 30-1) to a 60%, or higher.


Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):

  • Reading Comprehension: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher

Dual Credit

  • Grade 11 level completion that includes: Grade 11 English or Grade 11 Communications, Grade 11 Math (Foundations) and Grade 11 Science (preferably Physics) or equivalent, all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher; and
  • Suggested enrollment in a minimum of a Grade 10 Level Shop class.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including soft-soled footwear having CSA safety-toe protection, CSA safety glasses with clear lenses, and full-sleeved coveralls.
  3. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
  4. The AME program has the following partnership agreements in place:
    • Open University and British Columbia Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Technology (Technology Management) Degree intended for graduates of NLC’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program who have gained their AME license.
    • University of North Dakota: NLC graduates who have earned the Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) License (actual certification) will receive 40 semester credit hours of block credit toward the Aviation Technology Management major at UND, subject to meeting UND’s admission prerequisites.
    • Okanagan College, Vernon Campus: Okanagan students complete the final 14 weeks of practical curriculum at NLC.
  5. The information on the page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Associate Dean: Leo Manning

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Final Exams

*Available at both NLC, Dawson Creek and Okanagan College, Vernon Campuses