Trades & Industrial

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering


Career Description

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s certify all work carried out on an aircraft by signing a maintenance release. In Canada, only an accredited AME can sign a maintenance release for work performed on any aircraft declared airworthy. The AME license is a federal qualification which means it is honored and recognized all across Canada with no provincial restrictions.

AME’s use their extensive knowledge in aircraft fundamentals, hand tools, inspection aids and trouble shooting skills to maintain aircraft in safe condition for passengers and pilots. This is a hands-on job accomplished in hangars, shops, and sometimes outdoors on the flight line. There is plenty of opportunities available when you become an AME ranging from flight-line maintenance to heavy overhaul on all types of aircraft and helicopters. Jobs are widely available in-province to internationally and everywhere in between. Both civilian and military.

Program Description

Those with interest in aviation, a mechanical background and strong sense of responsibility make the best AME’s. Our AME students will develop a solid foundation of knowledge and skills by utilizing latest procedures used in the industry that are required to troubleshoot, maintain, repair and overhaul aircraft to meet Transport Canada’s standard of safety and performance. This is a 2-year diploma program. You will be credited nineteen (19) months of the forty-right (48) months aviation maintenance apprenticeship experience required to obtain your “Category M License”.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines


Academic Requirements:

  • Grade 12 or Adult 12 preferred.
  • Math 30 – Foundations or Pre-Calculus, minimum 50% preferred.

Admission Requirement/Pre-requisite

Completion of the AME Entry Exam for placement and general knowledge only.

Industry Requirements

Attention to detail, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility; the ability to work as a team and independently.

Delivery Method

SIIT AME students will attend this program at the Saskatoon Aviation Learning Centre at the Saskatoon airport for classes and hands-on training

50% hours in-class theory

50% hours hands on practical training

There is ample amount of material presented. Students must develop good study habits to meet course objectives and take responsibility for their learning experience by taking the time after class to study independently. Students must be able to write and comprehend the English language at a level going beyond basic conversational English.

Tuition and Fees

Year 1
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$6,018 $200 $1,500 $7,718
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Year 2
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$6,018 $200 $1,300 $7,518
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes

$260 per year

$130 per semester

The U-Pass is a City Transit bus pass for students that allow you to save on transportation costs. The U-Pass fee is a provided at a reduced cost compared to a standard monthly City Transit pass and is mandatory for most SIIT students in Saskatoon and Regina. You may use the U-Pass as many times as you would like during the academic term. Students who meet certain requirements can opt-out of the U-Pass, please contact the Admissions department for more information.
Please note: U-Pass fees are subject to change.


Year 1

  • AME 1100 Standard Practices
  • AME 1101 Theory of Flight & Structures
  • AME 1102 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals
  • AME 1103 Reciprocating Engine Systems
  • AME 1104 Reciprocating Engine Maintenance & Overhaul
  • AME 1105 Aircraft Hardware
  • AME 2100 Hydraulic Systems
  • AME 2101 Landing Gear, Wheels & Brakes
  • AME 2102 Aircraft Structural Fabrication
  • AME 2103 Basic Electrical Power Distribution
  • AME 2105 Aircraft Structural Repairs

Year 2

  • AME 3100 Aircraft Propellers
  • AME 3101 Gas Turbine Engines
  • AME 3102 Gas Turbine Engine Systems
  • AME 3103 Aircraft Rigging
  • AME 3104 Rotary Wing Aircraft
  • AME 3105 Rotary Wing Aircraft Systems
  • AME 4100 Aircraft Instruments
  • AME 4101 Navigation & Communications
  • AME 4102 Environmental & Protection Systems
  • AME 4103 Technical Operations & Documentation
  • AME 4104 Regulations & Standards

What to Expect

Students in this program will study at the Saskatoon Aviation Learning Centre located at Hangar 19-2725 Koyl Ave (near the airport.) This allows students to experience a simulated Aircraft Maintenance Organization developing their practical knowledge with hands on training aids but also to network with members in the airport community. SIIT will also provide you with the relevant Personal Protective Equipment needed for the job and in hangar training.

SIIT offers tons of great supports and resources to assist with student success and is prepared to help with any hurdles our students may face while trying to complete their education. Your certification as an AME will make your opportunities endless but your true success while in school will depend on your commitment to the program. Consistent engagement is key to achieving and absorbing all the crucial information an AME will be expected to know later in the field.

To help support a healthy start to the day, SIIT provides a breakfast program that is delivered to the hangar cafeteria every Monday with supplies to last throughout the week. There is also a BBQ and patio area for students to enjoy their lunch hours and socialize with their peer’s/host student activities.


Graduates of this program will receive the SIIT Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category M Training diploma upon satisfactory completion of the program and will be credited with 18 months apprenticeship towards the current 48 months of industry experience required to obtain a license.

Upon completion of their apprenticeship and required industry experience, graduates who meet all of the regulatory requirements may write the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) examination through Transport Canada and obtain their Federal License as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer “Category M”.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all courses with a 70% and adhere to the attendance policy.

Attendance Policy

An attendance rate of 95% or better is required to graduate and is mandatory to qualify for the time credit.

Apprenticeship Requirements

After graduation, an additional 30 months is required for an apprenticeship and completion of the AME apprentice log book.

Career Possibilities

Apprentice AME’s can expect to work in all types of aircraft maintenance facilities.

Job opportunities in this field are vast. AME’s can work on aerial applications such as the popular Thrush and Air Tractor, commercial companies like West jet and Transwest or under private hire for civilians. You can work anywhere in Canada as well as internationally.

This program has also been accredited by the Canadian Forces please visit: National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces for more information.

Saskatchewan Wage/Hour (NOC 7315)

Low – $18.75

Median – $31.80

High – $44.1

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

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