Trades & Industrial

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering


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Program Description

Do you have an interest in aviation? Are you mechanically inclined? Would you like to work on aircraft? SIIT’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program might be the first step you’re looking for.

This two year diploma program is delivered at the Saskatoon Aviation Learning Centre located at Hangar 19-2725 Koyl Ave. Students develop the knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot, maintain, repair, and overhaul aircraft in accordance with Transport Canada’s standards of safety and performance. SIIT is the only institution in Saskatchewan that offers this program.

Graduates of this program are credited eighteen (18) months of the forty-eight (48) months aviation maintenance apprenticeship experience required to obtain a “Category M License”. The AME license is a federal qualification, honored and recognized all across Canada with no provincial restrictions.

AME’s work in hangars, shops, and sometimes outdoors on the flight line. There are plenty of career opportunities for AME’s ranging from flight line maintenance and inspection (NOC 7315) to heavy overhaul of aircraft and helicopters. Jobs are widely available in civilian and military settings in-province, internationally, and everywhere in between.

For those interested in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program at SIIT, program staff are happy to provide you with a tour of the Saskatoon Aviation Learning Centre. Please call the Centre at (306) 343-3417 for more information.


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12, Adult 12, or GED
  • 1 of Math 20
    • Foundations of Mathematics 20
    • Pre-Calculus 20
    • Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 20
  • Completion of the AME Placement Exam is required following acceptance to this program

Industry Requirements

  • Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical mobility
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • Some employers may restrict hair length for safety reasons

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

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

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


Year 1

  • AME 1100 Standard Practices
  • AME 1101 Theory of Flight & Structures
  • AME 1102 Reciprocating Engine Fundamentals
  • AME 1103 Reciprocating Engine Systems
  • 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 4100 Aircraft Instruments
  • AME 4101 Navigation & Communications
  • AME 4102 Environmental & Protection Systems
  • AME 4103 Technical Operations & Documentation
  • AME 4104 Regulations & Standards

Tuition and Fees

Year 1
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$6,260 $50 $2,000 $8,310
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Year 2
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$6,260 $50 $1,450 $7,760
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Additional Fees- U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes

$271 per year

$145.50 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 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.

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What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method
  • 50% hours in-class theory and 50% hours hands on practical training. Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
  • 5-10 hours per week of independent (homework learning) and group learning.
  • Personal Protective Equipment needed for in-hangar training and employment as an AME is provided by SIIT.
  • Industry Exams and Certificates are paid by SIIT and include:
    • WHMIS
    • Human Factors
Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate.

If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.

Graduation Requirements and Credential

You must maintain an attendance of 95% and a GPA of 70% to graduate. Graduates will receive an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Category M) Diploma, and an SIIT Transcript.

Career Path

Career Opportunities & Salaries

Graduates of this program can expect to find employment and enter apprenticeship as aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315).

Aircraft mechanics maintain, repair, overhaul, modify and test aircraft structural, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Aircraft inspectors inspect aircraft and aircraft systems following manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair or overhaul. Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors are employed by aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments, and by airlines, other aircraft operators, and the Military.

Aircraft mechanics and inspectors who sign maintenance releases and certify airworthiness require an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s (AME) licence issued by Transport Canada. (see below for further information).

In Saskatchewan, the average annual salary for aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors is $ 78,600 ( Aircraft Maintenance Engineers are in demand all over Canada, and worldwide. In order to find employment internationally, you must register in the appropriate jurisdiction as an AME.

For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.

Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements

After graduation, an additional 30 months of employment (total of 48 months) and completion of the AME apprentice log book is required to complete apprenticeship and licensing.

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”.

For additional information on apprenticeship for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers in Saskatchewan, click here.

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