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


Occupation Description: 
Aircraft Maintenance Technician Category "M" (Maintenance) means a person who performs inspections and troubl‚Äčeshooting 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 th‚Äčem and maintains an accurate statement of the maintenance history of the aircraft.‚Äč

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l‚Äčook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin‚Äčg, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school
  • after Spring Break to late April
    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school
  • mid-May into June
    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits


  • look at the ‚Äčtopics you will be taking while at BCIT:  ‚ÄčProgram courses‚Äč
  • given those BCIT courses the pre-reqs include:
    • ‚ÄčEnglish 12
      • some students have done English 11 and 12 in their grade 12 to free up intake options in their grade 12 year
    • Physics 11 (ideally "C+" or higher)
    • ‚ÄčMath Foundations or Pre-Calc 11 ("B") or Workplace 11 ("A")
      • even better if you have Math 12 also
    • 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 BCIT about $45‚Äč0 for program fees 

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
‚ÄčIntakes & Time Commitment
  • 3 intakes:  late August, early January and May
    • each intake is made up of 4 terms (each lasting 16 weeks)
    • once you begin the program you cannot take a term off
      • that is, you cannot start in August, go back to your high school for semester 2, then continue at BCIT the following August 
  • 16 weeks long (depending on intake, no Spring or Summer Break)
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 8.00am to 3.30pm

Available Seats

  • August and January intakes each has 2-3 seats reserved for students across the lower mainland. The May intake seats are reserved for one school district and they are really difficult to get. So trying to arrange course and timetables around the August and January intakes would be recommended,


  • General
    • Athletic, Collaborative, Mathematical, Precise, and Tactile
  • Key Job 
    • ‚ÄčCritical Thinking, Aircraft Maintenance & Repair, Math & Physics, Aircraft Systems (fuel, hydraulics, wing control), and Structural materials & Composites
Student Eligibility‚Äč‚Äč
  • 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"
Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč‚Äč


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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