The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the survey of Aviation and Aerospace Courses / Programs and the release of the final report. The survey was conducted jointly by CAMC, Red River College, and the Canadian Association of Deans of Aerospace (CADA).
The purpose of the survey was to collect specific information about college-level aviation and aerospace programs, as well as general information about the colleges and training organizations that offer them.
Some Key Findings:
- 2,103 first-year students were registered in aviation and aerospace programs in the 2009-2010 school year.
- There are currently 22 colleges / training organizations across Canada (located mostly in western and central Canada) that offer aviation or aerospace programs.
- The largest enrolment is in the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) programs, then Aircraft Structures Technician programs, followed by Aircraft Avionics Technician programs.
- Colleges are developing innovative programs, such as a blended maintenance and avionics curriculum (Transport Canada approved) that allows graduates more flexibility in their career path, and a program offering a common-core first year that allows students to specialize in either maintenance or avionics in their second year.
- Colleges are also considering altering their curricula / instructor guides to meet the requirements for foreign airworthiness authorities, such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In fact, one school already offers the basic training requirement for EASA B2 certification in its avionics program.
CAMC extends its thanks for valuable input to all organizations that participated in the survey.