AIRMF-DP Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

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Overview

  • January, August and October entry dates
  • Total length of the program is 2 academic years
  • Stevenson Campus
  • Prepares students for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Transport Canada License
  • Meets accreditation requirements of the Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Accredited with the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA)
  • This funded program usually fills with Manitoba residents. 
  • Out-of-province applicants may apply to this program but will only be considered should seats be available three months prior to the program start date. Alternately, consider the Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson program.
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

Description
This program is designed to develop knowledge and skills in the maintenance of both large and small airplanes and helicopters.

It is Transport Canada approved to provide basic training towards an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer 'M' License.

Your time in the program is split between the study of aircraft maintenance, theory and practical projects.

Upon graduation, if you attained Transport Canada approved training status, you will be granted nineteen (19) months of the forty-eight (48) months aviation maintenance experience, and the three (3) technical examinations required to obtain your AME license.

After graduation you will be required to gain on-the-job work experience for the balance of the 48-month Transport Canada requirement and write the Canadian Aviation Regulations exam. Once you meet these requirements you will be eligible for a Transport Canada AME License and you will receive a Red River College Diploma along with a corresponding Letter of Accreditation containing a Transport Canada number.

This program has been accredited by the Canadian Forces for their Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan. For further information visit: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. High School Diploma
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in the final year of a high school diploma from a recognized provincial or territorial Canadian high school or equivalent
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.
        and
  3. AMERA

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
8888
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
60706060
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.54.54.0
Communication for Technical Professions (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available
8888
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.57.06.56.5
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20231924

Who Should Enrol?

If you have an interest in aircraft, are mechanically inclined, and take pride in completing tasks to exacting standards you may want to consider a career in aircraft maintenance.

There are many aspects to this career, making it an excellent choice for someone who enjoys variety in their work.  Aircraft Maintenance Engineers work in many different types of environments and geographical locations including remote locations for long periods.  Shift work including evenings, nights and weekends is common in this occupation. 

Persons best suited to this career have a keen interest in mechanical devices and operating principles. The work is technical - servicing, inspecting, repairing, installing, and troubleshooting. 

Required skills include excellent problem solving, good verbal and written communication, good comprehension and attention to detail.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Stevenson Feb 22, 2021 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$6,029.00
Year 2
$6,029.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$400.00
Other Fees
Year 1
$2,370.001
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$13,747.00
Year 2
$13,747.00
1Tools; CSA Approved Safety Shoes; Discovery Flight

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
AMEG-1003Aircraft Ground Handling
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Topics covered in the course are: how to safely perform ground handling and servicing of aircraft, and select and use appropriate fire extinguishers for fire suppression.

AMEG-1004Aircraft Wood & Fabric
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Students will learn to maintain aircraft wood structures and fabric covered aircraft including recovering.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AMEG-1005Aircraft Hardware
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Students will learn how to select and install aircraft hardware and ensure that installed hardware is certified and traceable.

AMEG-1007Aircraft Structural Materials
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Students will learn to select proper materials for airframe repair and maintenance and assess and control corrosion.

AMEG-1009Aircraft Weight & Balance
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Students will learn to weight aircraft as per manufacturers' recommendations, compute centre of gravity, prepare a new or revised weight and balance and amend the equipment list as required.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AMEG-1010Non-Destructive Testing
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Students will learn how to select the appropriate type of non-destructive testing inspection process to inspect aircraft structures or components.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AMEG-1011Electrical Systems 1
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Students will be introduced to direct current electrical theory, including atomic structure, electrostatics, and magnetism as applicable to aircraft electrical systems. Students will explore a variety of aircraft storage batteries, electrical measuring devices, and complete practical projects involving aircraft batteries, Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws.

AMEG-1012Electrical Systems 2
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Building on the knowledge learned in AMEG-1011 Electrical Systems 1, students will continue their studies of electrical systems by exploring aircraft which make use of alternating current electricity, inductive and capacitive devices, and a variety of other semi-conductors. Students will examine aircraft electrical generators, alternators, voltage regulation, and will complete practical projects with electrical measuring devices, and various aircraft electrical generating components and systems.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AMEG-1013Electrical Systems 3
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Continuing the study of aircraft electrical systems with the knowledge learned in AMEG-1011 Electrical Systems 1 and AMEG-1012 Electrical Systems 2, students will explore circuit installation and wiring practices, the architecture of aircraft electrical systems, and motors. Practical projects will include troubleshooting and fault isolation of various aircraft power generation and distribution systems.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AMEG-1016CARs (Canadian Aviation Regulations)
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Students will learn the applicable Canadian Aviation Regulations with regard to aircraft maintenance requirements.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AMEG-1021Environmental Systems
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Students will learn to service and maintain aircraft environmental systems including heating, cooling, pressurization and oxygen.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AMEG-1024Aviation Math and Physics
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Students will use applied mathematics and physics as problem-solving tools in day-to-day aircraft maintenance activities.

AMEG-1028Airframe Fuel Systems
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Students will learn how to safely service an aircraft with the correct rated fuel. Students will also be taught general maintenance of aircraft fuel systems.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AMEG-1030Tools & Equipment
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Students will learn how to identify, select and safely use appropriate tools and equipment in aircraft maintenance.

AMEG-1034Propellers
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Students will learn to maintain aircraft propellers and related systems excluding overhaul.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 courses.
AMEG-1229Dynamic Drive Systems
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Students will learn how to maintain and service helicopter dynamic drive trains.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AMEG-1277Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems
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Students will learn how to safely service and maintain aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

AVIA-1009Intro to CARs
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Introduction to the Canadian Aviation Regulations identifies the basic framework of the Canadian Aviation Regulations, enabling participants to navigate the standards and regulations associated with Canadian civil aviation. 

AVIA-1025Turbine Engines 1
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Students will learn the history of the development and theory of operation of aircraft turbine engines.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AVIA-1027Ethics and Sustainability
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This introductory-level course will introduce students to the foundation of ethical behaviour at work by employing critical thinking and demonstrating professional behaviour. The objective is to raise students' awareness of the importance of personal integrity in their chosen field.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AVIA-1028Turbine Engines 2
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Students will learn the theory of operation of aircraft turbine engines related systems and their components.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AVIA-1031Turbine Engines 3
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Students will perform maintenance tasks on aircraft gas turbine engines and their related systems.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 courses.
AVIA-1039Reciprocating Engines 1
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Students will learn the history, development, and theory of operation of aircraft reciprocating engines.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AVIA-1040Reciprocating Engines 2
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Students will learn the theory of operation of aircraft reciprocating engine fuel systems, induction, supercharging, exhaust systems, and lubrication systems.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AVIA-1042Reciprocating Engines 3
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Students will learn the theory of operation of aircraft reciprocating engine starting and ignition systems, and will learn reciprocating engine maintenance procedures. Students will perform maintenance tasks on aircraft reciprocating engines.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 courses.
AVIA-1053Landing Gear
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Students will learn how to service and maintain landing gear systems and related components including wheels, brakes, indication systems and warning systems.

Prerequisites:
Succesful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AVIA-1055Rotary Wing Theory of Flight
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Students will learn helicopter theory of flight in relation to the rigging and maintenance of helicopter flight control systems. Students will also learn how to inspect helicopter structures.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AVIA-1056Composites
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This course allows the student to learn the basic principles of aircraft composites. The student will identify basic composite materials and equipment and perform aircraft composite repair techniques.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 courses.
AVIA-1058Human Factors
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Meets requirements of Human Factors Training
• Includes methods of dealing with stress, fatigue, complacency and distraction
• Enhances communication and safety methods
• Examines efficiency in the workplace
• Certificate of Attendance for Human Factors Training is issued as a result of attending the full 14 hour session

AVIA-1059Vibration Analysis
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Students will learn to statically and dynamically balance propeller, rotor systems and dynamic drive systems.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 courses.
AVIA-1060Drawing
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Students will learn to read and interpret common types of aircraft technical drawings encountered in day-to-day aircraft maintenance or repair and create sketches or drawings that accurately transmit technical information.

AVIA-1061Metallic Structures
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Students will learn to maintain aircraft metallic structures including fabrication of component parts.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 and Term 2 courses.
AVIA-1062Maintenance Procedures
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Students will learn how to perform appropriate inspection procedures and documentation for aircraft maintenance in accordance with CARs and applicable reference manuals.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 courses.
AVIA-1064Instruments
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Students will learn how to maintain basic aircraft instrumentation systems excluding component overhaul.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AVIA-1065Avionics
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Students will learn how to maintain basic aircraft avionics systems excluding component repair.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 courses.
AVIA-1066Ice & Rain Protection
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Students will learn how to maintain ice and rain protection systems.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.
AVIA-1082Structures, Assembly and Rigging 1
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Students will learn the theory of flight for fixed wing aircraft and the construction of fixed wing aircraft and its components.

AVIA-1083Structures, Assembly and Rigging 2
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Students will perform maintenance tasks related to the rigging and maintenance of airplane flight control systems and its structures.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of all Term 1 courses.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Students may find opportunities with these potential employers in Canada:

  • National and Regional Airlines
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Air Charter Organizations
  • Nationally approved Aircraft Maintenance Organizations (AMOs)
  • Aerospace Manufacturers
  • Propeller Overhaul Shops
  • Reciprocating Engine Shops
  • Turbine Engine Overhaul Shops
  • Aircraft Overhaul Shops

Job Titles
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Aviation/Aerospace Sheet Metal Worker
  • Aircraft Assembler
  • Quality Assurance
  • Aerospace Inspector
  • Aerospace Technician
  • Aerospace Production Worker
  • Aerospace Assembly Worker
  • Turbine Engine Technician

Contact Information

For additional program information contact:

Stevenson Campus
2280 Saskatchewan Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 3Y9
204-945-6001 or 1-866-706-5833

stevensonaviation@rrc.ca

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

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