2022-23 Calendar

Aircraft Maintenance Technician

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

This 4 semester 2 year diploma program (76 weeks) is offered in partnership with Northern Lights College (NLC) in Dawson Creek, B.C. The first 3 semesters (55 weeks) of training take place at Okanagan College Aerospace Campus in Vernon B.C. The final semester (18 weeks) takes 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 AMT 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 for Aircraft Maintenance Technician 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.

Canadian Armed Forces Accreditation Certification Equivalency is approved, fast track your career in the Armed Forces with this program.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements align with the admission requirements established by Northern Lights College.

  • 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 60% or alternatives or English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives. B.C. Communications 11 or Communications 12 with minimum 60% is acceptable.

Or an ABLE reading comprehension score of at least 83%. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Math requirement:

A minimum of 60% in one of:

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

Dual Credit (BC's ACE IT program)

Dual credit students must complete Grade 11 prior to the start of the program including the math and English requirements as outlined above. A Grade 11 core science (preferably physics) with 60% or higher is also required. One Grade 10 shop class is recommended.  

Program Partnership

For  more information on the NLC portion of this partnership program visit Northern Lights College.


Term I: Okanagan College Aerospace campus session, Vernon, B.C.: 55 weeks
Term II: Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, B.C.: 18 weeks
AMT 101 General Introduction
AMT 102 Aerodynamics Fixed Wing Aircraft
AMT 103 Materials Aircraft Structures
AMT 104 Aircraft Hardware Approved Parts
AMT 105 Aircraft Hydraulic Pneumatic Systems
AMT 106 Aircraft Equipment Introduction
AMT 107 Basic Aircraft Electricity DC
AMT 108 Blueprint Design
AMT 109 Hand Tools
AMT 110 Aviation Math
AMT 111 Canadian Aviation Regulations 1
AMT 112 Flight Controls Fixed Wing and Rigging
AMT 114 Practical Projects
AMT 121 Canadian Aviation Regulations 2
AMT 122 Non Destructive Testing Corrosion
AMT 123 Aircraft Aerodynamics Rotary
AMT 124 Human Factors in Aviation
AMT 125 Aircraft Maintenance Inspections
AMT 126 Basic Electricity AC
AMT 127 Turbine Engine Theory
AMT 128 Piston Engines 1
AMT 129 Reciprocating Components
AMT 130 Electrical Systems
AMT 132 Practical Projects 2
AMT 210 Instrumentation and Avionics
AMT 211 Dynamic Systems
AMT 212 Aircraft Protection Systems
AMT 213 Weight and Balance
AMT 214 Piston Engines 2
AMT 215 Propellers
AMT 216 Turbine Engine Systems
AMT 217 Landing Gear
AMT 218 Rotary Flight Controls and Rigging
AMT 219 Turbine Engine Systems
AMT 220 Practical Projects 3
AMT 221 Canadian Aviation Regulations 3
AMT 222 Practical Projects 4

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Feb, Sep)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $9,979.63

  • 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


Fees listed are for the 55-week portion of the program offered by Okanagan College. Fees for the remaining 18 weeks are payable to Northern Lights College (NLC). Please contact NLC for details.

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 12/07/2022