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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category 'S' (Structures)

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

The program consists of 37 weeks (1110 hours) of full-time studies. Approximately 50 percent of the day is spent on theory discussions in a classroom setting, followed by hands-on practical training in the shops located in OC’s Aerospace Campus at Kelowna International Airport. The program follows a national set of standards and is approved by Transport Canada.  Upon successful completion, the graduate will receive an Okanagan College certificate. Transport Canada also grants graduates of this program ten months experience credit towards the 36 month experience requirement.  Upon completion of the required total work experience and successful completion of a regulatory exam you will qualify for a Transport Canada AME "S" Licence.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 11 with minimum 50% or alternatives, or a TEA reading comprehension score of at least 83%.

  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
    • Workplace Mathematics 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Applications of Mathematics 11
    • Essentials of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
    • Adult Basic Eucation IALG 011

Or a minimum of 63% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) 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 TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%

Good colour vision and an interest in mechanics are recommended.

Program Outline

Term 1 (16 weeks)
AVST 100 Introduction to Aviation Structures
AVST 101 Metal A/C Construction 1
AVST 102 Metal A/C Construction 2
Term 2 (16 weeks)
AVST 200 Special Processes/Practices
AVST 201 Composite Fabrication/Repair
AVST 202 Damage Assessment/Repair 1
Term 3 (5 weeks)
AVST 300 Damage Assessment/Repair 2

There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum grade of 70% is required in every course to complete the program.

The attendance policy for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category 'S' (Structures) program differs from other OC programs and is regulated by Transport Canada.
In compliance with Canadian Aviation Regulation Standard 566:
(A) students having missed more than 5 percent of the course through absences, shall not qualify for experience credit from a basic training course;
(C) a student may make up the lost time which is in excess of 5 percent through documented supplementary studies, equivalent to that missed from the original program to qualify for experience credit.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Feb, Sep)
    Entire program at this campus




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $8,098.96

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee,Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022