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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


  • courses you will be taking while at BCIT: ‚ÄčProgram Matrix: AME Link
  • given those BCIT courses you will be taking (and similar ones at KPU),
    high school considerations:
    • ‚ÄčEnglish 12
    • Physics 11
    • a Math 12
    • ‚ÄčMath Foundations or Pre-Calc 11 ("67%") or Workplace 11 ("80%")
  • Strongly recommended: Electronics 11
    • 14, of 32, credits are based on electrical "fundamentals" and "standards"‚Äč
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school‚Äč

Student Cost

  • will be updated soon... 

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
‚ÄčTime 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

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all th‚Äče information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of‚Äč the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • 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)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(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‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Doug via email (‚Äč or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

Student 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)

    550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
    V3J 6A7
    604-939-9201 604-939-7828