Aircraft maintenance engineers are licensed by Transport Canada to inspect and certify that work doneon an aircraft complies with written airworthiness standards. They may specialize in different types of aircraft such as turbo jets, helicopters or propeller-driven airplanes.
High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED
Aircraft maintenance technicians need the following personal characteristics:
good eyesight and hearing
good eye-hand and muscle co-ordination
the desire and ability to be careful and accurate to the smallest detail
the ability to work well with others but also make decisions independently, often under pressure
the physical fitness and agility required for reaching and climbing
the ability to select, interpret and follow instructionsprovided in written or blueprint form, and to interpret regulations
good organizational and time management skills.
They shouldenjoy using tools, equipment and machinery to perform tasks requiring precision, analyzing information and troubleshooting problems, and having organized methods for their work.
Transport Canada requirements
All maintenance on aircraft must be certified by licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs). AME licenses are issued by Transport Canada in different categories and are further divided into specific groups within each category. After having completed with success the NBCC Aircraft maintenance technician program, you will be an apprentice engineer through Transport Canada.
An AME - Category M license authorizes AMEs to certify work for the type of aircraft for which they are endorsed and trained (for example, helicopters,piston powered airplanes, turbo propelled aeroplanes).
To qualify, applicants must:
have successfully completed a Transport Canada approved or accepted maintenance training course;
have four years of satisfactory maintenance experience,one year of which must be on complete aircraft for the group for which the individual is endorsed;
provide evidence of having completed at least 70 per cent of the tasks relevant to the category sought.
Employment and Advancement
Aircraft maintenance engineers may be employed by:
Aircraft repair and overhaul companies
Flight training schools
Aeronautical product manufacturers
Experienced, licensed aircraft maintenance engineers may advance to supervisory and management positions in approved maintenance organizations. Some aircraft maintenance engineers are employed as quality control inspectors or sales representatives for aeronautical products.
How to apply
For more information on how to apply, please contact the College Admissions Service (CAS) :
College Admissions Service
6 Arran Street
Campbellton, NB E3N 1K4
Telephone: 1-800-376-5353 or (506) 789-2404
Fax: (506) 789-2430