Take the first steps towards a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician with Northern Lights College Aircraft Mechanic Basics certificate training program! Learn new job skills in an exciting and challenging industry in our one-year program.No Transport Canada accreditation is provided for the certificate program but may meet the acceptable criteria in the Canadian Aviation Regulations 566.07 (2) (a)
Students who successfully complete the certificate program may chose to further their training by completing the Transport Canada Accredited Aircraft Maintenance Technician Diploma, which is accredited with 1800 hours towards the AME License.If you chose this route your attendance must remain at 95% or higher, or no more than 45.5 hours missed to be eligible.
Students will study aircraft safety, hangar hazards, airframe structures, engines and aircraft systems. They will learn to interpret technical manuals, drawings and blueprints, to disassemble and remove defective parts, to assemble and install replacement parts and test aircraft systems.
Location: Dawson Creek Campus
Length: Approximately 38 weeks, 910 hours
Start: Please refer to the Trades Intake Schedules.
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent (Alberta/NWT equivalent course numbers in brackets) indicating successful completion of:
English 11 or equivalent (one of):
• BC Communications 11, English 11, Composition 11, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11,
or Spoken Languages 11 with a C or better;
• BC Communications 12, English 12 with a C or better;
• Alberta English Language Arts ELA 20-2, or ELA 20-1 with a C or better;
• Alberta English Language Arts ELA 30-2, or ELA 30-1 with a C or better;
• NLC ENGL-040 with a C (60%) or better
• NLC ENGL-050 with a C or better
• NLC EASL-050• IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5
Math 11 or equivalent (one of):
• BC Applications of Mathematics 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11,
Workplace Mathematics 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11,
Principles of Mathematics 11, or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 11 with a C or better;
• Alberta Applied Math 20, Math 20-3, Math 20-2, Pure Math 20, or Math 30-1 with a C or better;
• NLC MATH 040 with a C (60%) or better
ESTR 047 (Advanced-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% or higher
Applicants may also complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) to demonstrate program readiness. Minimum requirements are:
• 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 students must complete Grade 11 prior to the start of the program. Completion includes:
• Grade 11 English or Grade 11 Communications,
• Grade 11 Math, and a Grade 11 core science (preferably physics) equivalent, all with (C) or higher.
• One Grade 10 level shop class is also recommended.
Work experience and transcripts of grades from subjects other than those listed above will also be considered for admission support upon review and approval by the Associate Dean AMT
For International Education Requirements (English as a Second Language) please contact the International Education Department at Northern Lights College (Inted@nlc.bc.ca) for details.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
- Students must provide safety equipment, including two pairs of full-sleeved coveralls, footwear having CSA safety-toe protection with soft soles for climbing on aircraft, and CSA approved safety glasses with clear lenses.
- Students are required to bring their own laptop capable of accessing the NLC wireless network.
- Students who successfully complete the certificate program may chose to further their training by completing the Transport Canada Accredited Aircraft Maintenance Technician Diploma, which is accredited with 1800 hours towards the AME License. If you chose this route your attendance must remain at 95% or higher, or no more than 45.5 hours missed to be eligible.
- The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
- 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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