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What will I learn?

Take the first steps towards a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician with Northern Lights College Aircraft Mechanic Basics certificate training program! Learn new job skills in an exciting and challenging industry in our one-year program. No Transport Canada accreditation is provided for the certificate program but may meet the acceptable criteria in the Canadian Aviation Regulations 566.07 (2) (a)

Students who successfully complete the certificate program may chose to further their training by completing the Transport Canada Accredited Aircraft Maintenance Technician Diploma, which is accredited with 1800 hours towards the AME License. If you chose this route your attendance must remain at 95% or higher, or no more than 45.5 hours missed to be eligible.

Students will study aircraft safety, hangar hazards, airframe structures, engines and aircraft systems. They will learn to interpret technical manuals, drawings and blueprints, to disassemble and remove defective parts, to assemble and install replacement parts and test aircraft systems.


Semester 1

AMT101 General Introduction -10hrs

AMT102 Aerodynamics Fixed Wing Aircraft -25hrs

AMT103 Materials Aircraft Structures -40hrs

AMT104 Aircraft Hardware Approved Parts -24hrs

AMT105 Aircraft Hydraulic Pneumatic Systems -20hrs

AMT106 Aircraft Equipment Introduction -8hrs

AMT107 Basic Aircraft Electricity DC -30hrs

AMT108 Blueprint Design -14hrs

AMT109 Hand Tools -24hrs

AMT110 Aviation Math -10hrs

AMT111 Canadian Aviation Regulations 1 -24hrs

AMT112 Flight Controls Fixed Wing and Rigging -8hrs

AMT114 Practical Projects -218hrs

Semester 2

AMT121 Canadian Aviation Regulations 2 -24hrs

AMT122 Non Destructive Testing Corrosion -24hrs

AMT123 Aircraft Aerodynamics Rotary -16hrs

AMT124 Human Factors in Aviation -8hrs

AMT125 Aircraft Maintenance Inspections -32hrs

AMT126 Basic Electricity AC -16hrs

AMT127 Turbine Engine Theory -24hrs

AMT128 Piston Engines 1- 32hrs

AMT129 Reciprocating Components -54hrs

AMT130 Electrical Systems -37hrs

AMT132 Practical Projects 2 -188hrs

Which department am I in?

Northern Lights College

Study options

Full Time (38 weeks)

Tuition fees
CAD$3,003.00 (US$ 2,427) per year
CAN $3,003 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 September 2022


Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek Campus,

11401 - 8th Street,


British Columbia (BC),

V1G 4G2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduation from a B.C. secondary school, or Completion of standing equivalent to graduation from a B.C. secondary school, or Deficient in no more than two courses from a B.C. secondary school graduation, which, if available, must be completed while attending College, or For certain programs, acceptable by special arrangement in view of the applicant’s experience, maturity, or ability. International students must have documentation demonstrating the following Math Requirement: One of the following with a 'C' grade (60%) or higher: Pre-calculus 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Foundations of Math 11, Math 040, or equivalent. Alternatively, readiness for MATH 050 as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.

For international students

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent (Alberta/NWT equivalent course numbers in brackets) indicating successful completion of:

English 11 or equivalent (one of):

• BC Communications 11, English 11, Composition 11, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11,

or Spoken Languages 11 with a C or better;

• BC Communications 12, English 12 with a C or better;

• Alberta English Language Arts ELA 20-2, or ELA 20-1 with a C or better;

• Alberta English Language Arts ELA 30-2, or ELA 30-1 with a C or better;

• NLC ENGL-040 with a C (60%) or better

• NLC ENGL-050 with a C or better

• NLC EASL-050• IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5

Math 11 or equivalent (one of):

• BC Applications of Mathematics 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Workplace Mathematics 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 11 with a C or better;

• Alberta Applied Math 20, Math 20-3, Math 20-2, Pure Math 20, or Math 30-1 with a C or better;

• NLC MATH 040 with a C (60%) or better


ESTR 047 (Advanced-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% or higher


Applicants may also complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) to demonstrate program readiness. Minimum requirements are:

• Reading Comprehension: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher

• Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher

• Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher


About Northern Lights College

With affordable courses and great work opportunities, Northern Lights College is a top choice for students to live and study in Canada.

  • Accredited Two-year diplomas and associate degrees
  • Affordable tuition fees – the lowest in British Columbia
  • Small class sizes with professors who know you by name
  • Amazing location – vibrant economy and welcoming community