Your Career Will Takeoff with Aviation Technician ? Aircraft Maintenance Training
Summary: The Centennial College Aviation Technician — Aircraft Maintenance program teaches students all about aircraft maintenance by providing a balance between theory and hands-on learning.
Airplanes have become a common way to travel, whether you’re taking a 10-hour flight to Europe or a two-hour flight to New York City. When boarding a plane, many passengers think about the safety of the plane. They trust that it has been properly inspected by skilled professionals who know exactly what needs to be fixed in order to make the plane the safest it can possibly be. These professionals are Aviation Technicians who have studied aircraft maintenance.
Centennial College in Toronto, Canada offers a two-year (four semester) program for Aviation Technician — Aircraft Maintenance. The program, which results in an Ontario College Diploma, is both Transport Canada approved and Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council certified as a recognized aircraft maintenance-training program. Before students enter the program, they must go through the admissions process. Centennial College expects students applying for admission to present, at minimum, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Education Development or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Applicants must also possess compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent and Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent.
Once they have successfully been accepted into the Aviation Technician — Aircraft Maintenance program, students learn all about aircraft maintenance, power plants, structures, inspections, troubleshooting, mechanical, electrical and electronic skills as well as other sciences that are related to the aircraft maintenance industry. As with many Centennial programs, the Aircraft Maintenance undertaking sees a significant amount of hands-on training during which students work in labs on fixing aircraft engines, performing flight-line activities as well as conducting aircraft and component inspections. Due to the serious nature of this profession, where lives are literally in a technician’s hands, students get detailed information on hydraulics, fuels, environmental systems, engines, surface controls and undercarriage systems, and the aircraft’s frame and external skin. Before students can graduate, they must complete over 200 maintenance tasks. Also required for Aircraft Maintenance Technician graduation is a minimum C grade in all courses. However, Transport Canada accreditation requires both a minimum B grade in every course and an absentee rate of less than five per cent of the total program hours.
Aircraft maintenance technicians work in many areas of the industry including: manufacturers, airlines, aircraft maintenance companies and other Canadian aviation operations. Under the title Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, graduates will certify, after inspection, any work that is performed on the aircraft and perform the work themselves as well. If, however, students change their minds about working on airplanes, the extensive training from Centennial College qualifies them to seek employment in non-aircraft related areas of certain repair and manufacturing industries.
Common tasks for Aviation Maintenance Technicians include overhaul, repair, inspection or modification of an aircraft as well as the installation or removal of a component from an aircraft or aircraft subassembly.
Author Details: In this article, Emma is concerned with the aviation maintenance industry. She writes in which places Aviation Maintenance Technicians are employed, what they do and how they are trained. Aviation program is another option open for these students.