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PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Avionics Technology

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Program Description

The Avionics Technology program offers the student the knowledge and skills required to start a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) “E”. As an “E” licensed AME, you will be responsible for the servicing and repair of aircraft electrical and electronic systems. An “E” licensed aircraft maintenance engineer will maintain and repair the aircraft communication, navigation and data systems. The Avionic Technology program covers all the aspects of aircraft avionics systems used in general aviation, corporate, charter, transport category aircraft, and helicopters.

The program is four semesters in length with a break between semesters two and three. All classes are scheduled at the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology, located at the Calgary International Airport.

Some of the courses in this program are web-based and will require the students to access information from the Internet. These courses are delivered in one of the two computer labs available at the Art Smith Aero Centre. Students are not required to purchase a laptop for this program.

Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates find work as avionics technicians and technologists.

  • Graduates of the Avionics Technology program have a 89% employment rate

Student Success

  • Most successful students spend approximately two hours each day doing homework and review, with additional study required to prepare for exams.
  • The material is presented at a fairly rapid rate so for the greatest level of success, students must be present and take responsibility for their learning experience.
  • Students must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.
  • Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Avionics Technology.


The program’s accreditation is ongoing and subject to periodic audits from Transport Canada.   Students achieving 50% or higher in each course as well as maintain a 2.0 GPA will receive a SAIT diploma.

Graduates who are in compliance with the required attendance (95%) and minimum marks of 70% in each course will receive Transport Canada credit of 18 months work experience towards the ‘E’ category AME license.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits 63

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