Two programs are offered, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Level 1 (AME), and ATAM, an introduction to the trades of Gas Turbine Overhaul Technician and Aerospace Machinist.
AME Program Overview.
Five weeks in class at the start of the school year learning Safety in the Workplace, Theory of Flight, Piston and Jet Engine Fundamentals, Hand and Power Tools, Aircraft Hardware and Blueprint Reading. Work placement for four days per week, returning to class on Fridays to learn Aircraft Structures, Materials, Repair, and Apprenticeship Preparation. Two more weeks in class for basic Math and Physics, then on to Stevenson Aviation and Aerospace Training Centre (Red River College) for six weeks to complete the rest of the first level AME course.
The course is delivered by a Licensed AME with almost forty years of experience in the trade, both on the floor and in Management. Our work placements are at the Winnipeg International Airport and St Andrews Airport, as well as shops in town.
Included in the program are tours to various work placements, a tour of Stevenson, and a free flying lesson to experience how engines and flight controls operate in flight.
Students with Senior 3 can earn up to 10 high school credits, graduate, and complete the first level of the AME program all in their last year at school, at no cost. Graduates and adult learners are encouraged to apply - a nominal fee of $300 may apply.
Some students are hired by the company they receive training from, while others go on to other employers to finish their apprenticeship. Whatever route you take, you'll find an exciting, well paid career at the end of your journey, not just another job.
This trade in itself is very fulfilling and many people stay as an AME for a long time. However, with experience, and post secondary courses in some cases, many graduates are promoted to management positions. These include - Crew Chief, Director of Maintenance, Foreman, General Foreman, Directors, and more. Also included are Maintenance Planners, Shop Managers, Customer Technical Relations Rep., and so on. The possibilities are almost endless. You choose!