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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer


Occupation Description: 
Aircraft Maintenance Technician means a person who performs inspections and troubleshooting of an ai‚Äčrcraft, including airframe structures, engines and aircraft systems, disassembles an‚Äčd removes defective parts, assembles and installs replacement parts, interprets technical manuals, drawings and blueprints, tests aircraft systems, records problems and action taken to rectify them and maintains an accurate statement of the maintenance history of the aircraft.‚Äč

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break
    • look over all th e information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, training, etc
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • still have questions?  book an appointment to talk to the Principal Benjamin King, to learn more: Booking App
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)  

  • (post) Spring Break - late April

    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 

  • mid-May into June

    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly for following school year

Students: feel free to contact Benjamin via email ( or text/call (778-984-1354) at any time during the application process ‚Äč


  • look at the ‚Äčtopics you will be taking while at BCIT:  ‚ÄčProgram courses‚Äč
  • given those BCIT courses the pre-reqs include:
    • ‚ÄčEnglish 12
    • Physics 11 (ideally "C+" or higher)
    • ‚ÄčMath Foundations or Pre-Calc 11 ("B") or Workplace 11 ("A")
      • even be better to have a Math 12 course too
    • at least two, ideally all three, of these:
      • Electronics 11
        • ideally Electronics 12 too ‚Äč‚Äč(given 14 of the 32 credits in term 1 ‚Äčare on electrical "foundations" and "standards)
      • Automotive 11
        • even better to have Auto 12 too
      • ‚Äč‚ÄčMetal 11‚Äč
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school‚Äč

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $45‚Äč0 for Term 1. 

Location‚Äč‚Äč & Transportation

  • BCIT "Aerospace Tech Campus" - 3800 Cessna Drive, Richmond
    • please note: this is close to YVR airport
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • Skytrain is the best transportation option‚Äč‚Äč

Time Commitment
  • 3 intakes:  late August, early January and May
  • 16 weeks long (depending on intake, no Spring or Summer Break)
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 8.00am to 3.30pm
‚ÄčStudent Eligibility‚Äč
  • 2 seats allocated per intake to high school students across the lower mainland, so a bit competitive to get into
    • no guarantee of a seat for Coquitlam, but with enough lead time, there is a good chance of getting 1 seat in most intakes
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in September after a grade 12 has graduated - this is not okay and that ‚Äčcurrent grade 12s should not apply as they will not be accepted
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" 

    Skills + Attributes‚Äč

    • passion for working on a variety of aircraft
    • attention to detail‚Äč

    School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

    1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
    V3J 0M6
    604-939-9201 604-939-7828