This program is being reviewed and updated. The primary changes of note will be the program length. Commencing in September 2018 the program will be a 4-semester, 2-year program or approximately 20 months. This will continue to include Transport Canada accreditation.
This 62-week (approximately 15 months) program is offered in partnership with Northern Lights College (NLC) in Dawson Creek, B.C. The first 48 weeks of training take place at Okanagan College Aerospace Campus in Vernon BC. The final 14 weeks of training take place at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek. The diploma is conferred by Northern Lights College. All curriculum and entrance requirements at Okanagan College align with the AME program at Northern Lights College.
The program is designed to take a student with little or no previous experience in the aircraft maintenance trade and supply him/her with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. 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.
Apprenticeship technical training credit for Levels One through Four will be granted upon successful completion of this program. Apprenticeship practical training credit may also be granted by the employer as a result of prior practical experience.
Training provided 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, powerplants (turbine and piston), airframe structures and systems, hydraulics, electrical and avionics systems.
The following admission requirements align with the AME admission requirements established by Northern Lights College.
A minimum of 60% in:
Or a minimum of 67% in any of:
Or a minimum of 63% on the ABLE mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.
Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the ABLE Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%.
Trades and Apprenticeship
Fees listed are for the 48-week portion of the program offered by Okanagan College. Fees for the remaining 14 weeks are payable to Northern Lights College (NLC). Please contact NLC for details.
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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/12/2017