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Comparative analysis of 11 top Canadian aviation courses with information about schools and their aviation degrees

Introduction

Choosing a career in aviation and aeronautics has never been more rewarding than it is today. Flight and air travel is getting faster, going further, and growing in popularity, and it’s happening with such speed that the industry finds itself struggling to keep up with the demand for new aviation personnel. Here are some of the facts:

  • $25 billion in GDP and almost 190,000 jobs were added to the Canadian economy by the aerospace industry in 2017 – part of positive five-year growth in GDP (+6%) and jobs (+2%) despite a slight decline between 2016 and 2017.
  • Maintenance, repairs, and operations (MRO) activities posted a growth of more than 25% while manufacturing activity saw a slight contraction between 2012 and 2017.
  • Canada ranks in the top three in the world for civil flight simulator production, civil aircraft production, and civil engine production.
  • Women made up almost 25% of those employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) occupations – an increase of over 100% between 2012 and 2017.
  • The value of aerospace manufacturing research and development (R&D) totaled $1.7 billion in 2017. In effect, the aerospace manufacturing industry contributed almost 25% of total manufacturing R&D in Canada – seven times the R&D of the manufacturing average.
  • Canada has 600 licensed air carriers and was ranked 12th in the world in terms of quality air transport infrastructure in air traffic.
  • In 2017, the combined flight hours of Canadian airlines were just over 2.1 million hours with 149.6 million air passengers enplaned and deplaned in Canada. The number of domestic passengers alone is expected to reach about 51 million by 2035.

This growth will continue to offer promising job prospects for pilots and flight attendants, aerospace engineers, aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers, and airport operations specialists. In fact, 55,000 new workers will need to be hired by 2025 to keep pace with projected industry growth and to replace workers going into retirement or leaving the workforce for other reasons.

Keeping in mind that a bachelor’s degree is a financial commitment and can take as many as four years to complete, it’s important to choose the best educational institution for your studies.

This comparative analysis of a cross-section of 11 Canadian aviation/aeronautics universities and colleges gives you key information and insights into the courses available to students. The report is in four sections: a comparative table summary of what each institution offers aviation students, a brief history of aviation education in Canada, additional information for each university’s courses, and perspectives on the future of aviation and how this will affect aviation and aeronautics training in years to come.

History of aviation and training in Canada

  • Aviation education and training began as a stand-alone specialty area soon after the first successful powered flights in the early part of the 20th century. The Wright Brothers’ success would not have been possible without the previous efforts of people like Louis Anslem Lauriat who made the first manned flight in his balloon, Star of the East, at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1840.
  • Experimental aviation began in Canada with the test flights in 1909 of the Silver Dart – the result of an early aircraft built by a Canadian/US team. The plane, piloted by one of its designers, John McCurdy, was flown off the ice of Baddeck Bay, making it the first controlled powered flight in Canada.
  • The experimental phase of aviation was put on hold during World War I and World War II as aviation training entered the mainstream, born out of a need to prepare as many pilots as possible for combat. During this time, many Canadians received training in the British Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force (RAF).
  • During World War II, the University of Toronto developed the G-suit, a life-saving garment used by Allied fighter plane pilots, and later by astronauts.
  • Following World War II, Canadians who had served with the RAF used their aviation skills to explore and develop Canada's North and gather data on the country’s natural resources.
  • The rapid technological advances of the last war placed the Canadian industry at the forefront of aircraft manufacture (about 100,000 Commonwealth aircrew were trained using Canadian airspace and facilities) and with growing demand for passenger and air freight traffic, many small Canadian airlines were founded.
  • The first official Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization was held in Montreal in May 1947. The organization’s headquarters remain to this day in the city of Montreal.
  • Roberta Bondar became Canada’s first female astronaut when she flew on the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery during Mission STS-42, from January 22 to 30, 1992. Bondar received her tertiary education at the University of Toronto.
  • Julie Payette completed two spaceflights and logged more than 25 days in space. She also served as chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and as capsule communicator at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston. Payette completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering at McGill University in 1986, and completed a Master of Applied Science degree in computer engineering at the University of Toronto in 1990.

British Columbia Institute of Technology offers 4 diplomas and 2 certificates in aviation and aeronautics

Aerospace campus of British Columbia Institute of Technology with multiple planes and helicopters.
Aerospace campus of British Columbia Institute of Technology with multiple planes and helicopters.

British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) Aerospace facility, part of its School of Transportation, prepares more skilled employees for work in the aviation industry in British Columbia than any other institution. BCIT offers four accredited Diplomas and two Certificate courses in aviation and aeronautics as well as ongoing professional contract and specialty training to the aerospace industry, along with domestic and international partners.

  • The full-time Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category 'M' (Maintenance) Diploma is taken for 16 continuous months with short breaks in December and August.
  • The Aviation Maintenance Technician – Avionics Diploma consists of 68 weeks of full-time studies.
  • The full-time Airline and Flight Operations Commercial Pilot Diploma has two options – Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing.
  • The 64-week fixed wing option combines flight training with industry-focused academic training required to qualify for a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Multi Engine Rating, and Instrument Flight Rating.
  • The 57-week rotary wing option brings fixed- and rotary-wing flight training together with industry-focused academic training to provide students with a strong set of aviation industry skills and knowledge through the partnership of BCIT, Pacific Flying Club, and Chinook Helicopters.
  • The Airport Operations program can be achieved as either a Diploma or an Associate Certificate. The 16-month Diploma provides students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program supported and approved by the aviation industry. The Associate Certificate focuses on technological advancements in airport operations.
  • The Aircraft Gas Turbine / Jet Engine Technician is a 38-week, full-time certificate that prepares students for a demanding career that will require them to be responsible for inspecting and repairing engines in accordance with aviation standards and regulations.
  • The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) introductory course takes place over 10 weeks and is offered in an online learning format.

BCIT students are trained at the 285,000-square-foot Aerospace Technology Campus (ATC) at the gateway to the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia. Students have access to an air traffic control tower and en-route simulators; more than 40 classrooms and "smart" labs with the latest training computers, equipment and wireless technology; a lecture theatre with global tele-conferencing capabilities; an integrated research and resource library; labs and classrooms that support new programs in the fields of air traffic management, ambient intelligence and homeland security; and a 40,000-square-foot hangar at the center of the campus that houses BCIT's fleet of light piston, turboprop, corporate, and jet transport aircraft including light and medium helicopters.

So are you one of the aviation greats of tomorrow? Speak to us about applying for a course at your school of choice and we’ll do our best to offer you some helpful advice. Air Charter Service (ACS) also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

University of Waterloo offers 2 undergraduate and 2 graduate degrees in aviation and aeronautics

 The University of Waterloo campus on a sunny day with blue sky.
The University of Waterloo campus on a sunny day with blue sky.

The University of Waterloo’s (UW) aviation program offers 2 four-year undergraduate degrees: either a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES – Geography and Aviation), or a Bachelor of Science (BSc – Science and Aviation), in addition to a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL).

The graduate program offers an Honours Science and Aviation (Earth Sciences Specialization) and an Honours Science and Aviation (Physics Specialization).

Flight training is carried out Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) located at the Waterloo Regional International Airport. Established in 1932, WWFC is considered to be one of the top flight schools in Canada and operates a fleet of 24 aircraft that include 17 Cessna, three Diamonds and three twin-engine Piper Seminoles.

UW has a vibrant aviation research program focusing on aviation safety, human factors and education, and modelling and spatial analysis including the use of unmanned aircraft.

The aviation offering at the University of Waterloo is quite new, having been established in 2007, but it has grown quickly due largely to the university’s strong offering in the fields of science, environment, geomatics and technology – many of the essential disciplines that underpin the fields of aviation and aerospace.

If you believe you have what it takes to become one of the aviation greats of tomorrow, speak to us about applying for a course at your aviation school of choice and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. Air Charter Service (ACS) also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Western University offers 1 undergraduate degree in aviation

The Gothic Tower of Western University on a clear blue sky day.
The Gothic Tower of Western University on a clear blue sky day.

Western University’s Commercial Aviation Management (CAM) program allows students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS), with specialized courses in aviation management.

The CAM program gives students the opportunity to combine their four-year bachelor’s degree with professional pilot flight training. This allows students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Studies as well as a Transport Canada-approved Integrated Commercial Pilot’s License (ICPL) with Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings. Students can go on to work as professional pilots while also being capable of taking on management responsibilities on the ground and in the air. This is particularly useful when at any time a pilot is unable to hold the required medical certificate – the MBOS allows students to occupy professional positions in aviation management.

Since 1999, Commercial Aviation Management at Western University (one of Canada’s oldest universities) has grown to keep pace with the industry. For instance, students taking advantage of the flight option finish training during the academic year up to the end of June, which leaves most of the summer for them to pursue employment, internships, or additional educational opportunities.

If you dream of a career in aviation, why not speak to us about applying for a course at the aviation school of choice, and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. Air Charter Service (ACS) also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Carleton University offers 1 undergraduate and 3 graduate degrees in aviation and aeronautics

Carleton University by the Rideau canal in Ottawa, Ontario.
Carleton University by the Rideau canal in Ottawa, Ontario.

Carleton University’s aerospace engineering program gives students the analytical, computational, and hands-on engineering and design skills needed to be employed in the aerospace field.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering (BEng) – the first BEng degree program in Aerospace Engineering to be offered in Canada – is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and allows a graduate to meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

The program consists of four streams: aerodynamics, propulsion, and vehicle performance; aerospace structures, systems, and vehicle design; aerospace electronics and systems; and space systems design. All these streams give students a foundation in the key disciplines of dynamics, thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and materials that are essential to the design of airframes, space platforms, and propulsion systems.

Each aerospace stream is prefaced by a common set of courses that provide a basis in engineering, mathematics and science. These are followed by increasingly specialized courses throughout the remainder of the four-year program.

The graduate program includes:

  • A Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering (MEng) without thesis in: Aerospace, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy.
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) with thesis in: Aerospace, Biomedical, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy.
  • A PhD degree in: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Carleton University’s laboratory and computer facilities give students access to a number of wind and water tunnels, including the unique high-speed wind tunnel in the Minto Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering, that provide a flow speed of up to one-and-a-half times the speed of sound.

Aerospace Engineering students can apply to the Co-operative Education Program that integrates degree-related, paid work terms into the degree program. The Carleton University Aerospace program has partner relationships and associations with a wide range of private and public service employers on the lookout for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering candidates. This gives students the opportunity to gain work experience and establish contacts that will benefit them in the future.

The university has a generous scholarship and bursary program – awarding more than 12,000 scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students, totaling over $21.5 million.

If you need advice about choosing a university for your aviation studies, speak to us and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Concordia University offers 1 undergraduate degree and 2 graduate degrees in aviation and aeronautics degrees

The John Molson Building on Concordia University campus on a blue sky day.
The John Molson Building on Concordia University campus on a blue sky day.

The Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal offers a four-year Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (BEng) Degree which gives graduates the skills to design the physical configuration of aircraft as well as the technical systems that keep the mechanical equipment safe and reliable.

The Master of Aerospace Engineering (MEng) Degree gives students the opportunity to hone their analytical and design skills while training with aerospace industry partners on customer-focused research projects under the supervision of an experienced engineer and faculty member.

A Graduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Grad Cert.) allows students to develop their expertise in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on aerospace, composite materials, control and automation, manufacturing systems, or theoretical and computational fluid dynamics.

Concordia University takes an interdisciplinary approach to training candidates for the quickly evolving aerospace industry, with research projects ranging from de-icing techniques to the development of new algorithms that increase access to flight management systems.

Areas of research include: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Advanced Materials and Structures, Aircraft Configurations and Propulsion, Autonomous Systems and Space, Aviation Management and Air Transport Engineering, Avionics, Control and Embedded Systems, Connectivity and Autonomy, and Product Development and the Supply Chain.

If you dream of a career in aviation, why not speak to us about applying for a course at one of the universities on your shortlist. We’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

University of Saskatchewan offers a Commercial Pilot diploma program

Thorvaldson building on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
Thorvaldson building on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

The University of Saskatchewan’s Polytechnic School of Transportation offers a two-year Commercial Pilot Diploma program in partnership with the Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC). This Diploma allows students to graduate with a Commercial Pilot Licence with a multi-engine instrument rating or single-engine instrument rating.

During the program, students alternate two ground school training sessions at Saskatchewan Polytechnic on the Saskatoon Campus, with actual flying experience at the student’s choice of flying school.

Study includes: advanced aircraft systems and flight operations; aircraft engines, instruments and pilot electronics; aviation business, crew resource management and cultural awareness, Canadian aviation regulations, meteorology, instrument flying, navigation, and theory of flight.

The ALSIM ALX Flight Simulator at Saskatchewan Polytechnic puts students in the pilot’s seat so they can train for take-off and landing at any airport in North America. The risk-free simulator allows students to experience programmable real-life scenarios that include flying in all kinds of weather and dealing with emergencies and standard operating procedures. The simulator’s 19 configurations include single-engine, multi-engine, piston engine, turbine engine, and jet aircraft.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic typically awards around $2 million in student scholarships and bursaries each academic year. Awards are offered to students for most Certificate and Diploma programs at all Saskatchewan campuses. Some of the scholarships and bursaries are awarded based on financial need, while others are awarded for community and volunteer involvement.

If you believe you have what it takes to become a commercial pilot, speak to us about applying for a course at one of our featured universities and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Mount Royal University offers a Commercial Pilot Aviation diploma

The Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University.
The Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University.

Mount Royal University (MRU) has a 50-year track record of helping students to achieve their goal of becoming commercial pilots, with a combined academic and flight training program that is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). Students must have already completed a Private Pilot's License before beginning the program.

The practical flying component of the Aviation Diploma is achieved with MRU’s fleet of aircraft which include Cessna single-engine aircraft and Seneca multi-engine aircraft. The fleet is equipped with the latest GPS avionics, and is located at the Springbank Hangar at the nearby Springbank Airport just west of Calgary city limits.

Simulator training is provided on a state-of-the-art ALSIM ALX Flight Training Device, which includes high resolution visuals on a 180-degree-wrap-around screen. This allows students to experience take-off and landing in all types of weather as well as in engine or aircraft emergencies.

Students at MRU also study human factors and safety in aviation, team work, leadership and decision making – all important skills for professional pilots. In fact, MRU incorporates into both the classroom and flight training: leadership skills, human factors and the application of safety standards, as well as the ability to work well with others.

According to MRU’s website, 90% of aviation graduates on average are employed after completion of the Aviation Diploma. And in a two-year period, 35% were employed by a larger airline, 25% worked at a charter airline, 15% flew for a corporation, while 15% became instructors, and 8% worked for a pipeline.

Following completion of the two-year MRU Aviation Diploma, students can transfer their courses to the Mount Royal University General Management program. Aviation Diploma courses are also transferable to the degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States. Embry-Riddle is the only aviation-oriented university in the world and offers studies online. MRU also has a partnership with Massey University of New Zealand that allows MRU Aviation students to continue with an aviation degree.

MRU has created a number of partnerships with the aviation industry and industry-related associations for the benefit of its students. These include the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program, WestJet Encore's Flightpath Partner Program, AirSprint, Porter Airlines, and the Aviation Partnership Council.

If you dream of a career in aviation, why not speak to us about applying for a course at a university of your choice. We’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

University of the Frazer Valley offers 1 undergraduate degree, 1 graduate degree, and a diploma and certificate course in aviation and aeronautics

University of the Fraser Valley on a blue sky day.
University of the Fraser Valley on a blue sky day.

The University of the Frazer Valley (UFV) offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (Aviation) Degree, an Honours Business Administration (Aviation) Degree, along with a Business Administration (Aviation) Diploma, and an Aircraft Structures Technician Certificate.

The Bachelor of Administration (Aviation) Degree takes students through their private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence, and advanced training, to meet the academic requirements for the UFV Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

The Business Administration (Aviation) Diploma includes training for a commercial pilot licence followed by advanced training in multi-engine flight and instrument training. A flight instructor rating is optional.

Students work towards the Aircraft Structures Technician – Certificate at the UFV Aerospace Centre at Abbotsford International Airport. The certificate is Transport Canada-approved and gives students a comprehensive introduction to the aircraft repair and aircraft maintenance trade. Areas of study include: manufacturing, modifying and repairing sheet metal parts, structures, and panels to exacting tolerances, repair and overhaul of fixed-wing aircraft; rotary wing (helicopter) repair and overhaul; aircraft parts manufacturing; composite component fabrication and repair; aircraft structures assembly and modification; and using and interpreting manufacturers' structural repair manuals.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate, students are ready to enter an apprenticeship as an aircraft structures technician. After 25 months, they can apply for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer S license (AME S license) from Transport Canada.

Coastal Pacific Aviation at nearby Abbotsford International Airport has trained pilots since 1974 and has a joint venture agreement with UFV. Students have access to a control tower and local practice areas. And the location has several geographical features that are usual to pilot training – mountains, the Pacific Ocean, international airspace, and the United States border.

UFV offers a number of scholarship and leadership awards not only for academic achievement but for a range of activities, including community service, student activities, and volunteer work.

Are you one of the aviation greats of tomorrow? Speak to us about applying for a course at one of the above universities and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Seneca College offers 1 graduate degree, 2 diplomas, a certificate in aviation and aeronautics

Seneca College word statue spelling out ‘Seneca’ in big red lettering.
Seneca College word statue spelling out ‘Seneca’ in big red lettering.

Seneca College’s Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology allows students to gain the skills and knowledge they need to operate safely in a complex aircraft, understand the technologies and human factors that affect the successful operation of an aircraft, and assume the professional responsibility associated with being a commercial pilot.

The Aviation Operations – Ontario College Diploma equips students with the theoretical knowledge of aviation regulations they need to work in the Canadian aviation industry, as well as the technical and practical skills needed for airside operations roles.

The Aviation Safety – Ontario College Advanced Diploma exposes students to Canadian aviation regulations as well as the business, leadership and technical skills required to implement policies and procedures.

The Airline Pilot Flight Operations – Certificate gives students a comprehensive education in airline flight operations. This includes the study of airline aviation operations and administration as well as extensive practical training in order to prepare them for entry to a First Officer position in airline operations. This program is the only graduate certificate program of its kind in Canada.

First year students receive classroom instruction at Newnham Campus, then all flight training and classroom instruction moves to the Peterborough Campus for years two to four of the Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program. The Peterborough Campus, located at the Peterborough Municipal Airport (which has the longest runway between Toronto and Ottawa), gives students access to a main hangar of 13 aircraft, a maintenance hangar of three aircraft, two academic classrooms, active learning spaces and a student lounge, an aircraft cold storage facility, Flight Line Dispatch and Operations Offices, simulator training rooms, and meeting areas and flight briefing rooms.

Are you one of the aviation greats of tomorrow? Speak to us about applying for a course at one of the above universities and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Sault College offers a full-time diploma and certificate course, and 3 part-time certificate courses in aviation and aeronautics

Sault Ste. Marie, Saint Mary's Rapids in Ontario, with Canadian flags.
Sault Ste. Marie, Saint Mary's Rapids in Ontario, with Canadian flags.

Sault College (SC) offers an Aviation Technology (Flight) Diploma and a full-time Aircraft Structural Repair Technician Certificate. Part-time Certificate courses include: Airline Operations, Airport Administration and Services, and Airport Wildlife Management.

Aviation Technology (Flight) – Ontario College Advanced Diploma takes place over three years. The program prepares students for a career as a professional pilot. Graduates who meet the qualification criteria set by Transport Canada will have successfully completed the requirements for the Integrated Commercial Pilot License Aeroplane, including the multi-engine instrument rating (CPL(A)IR).

The Aircraft Structural Repair Technician – Ontario College Certificate is a one-year Transport Canada-accredited program delivered in London, Ontario. Students are given the expertise, knowledge and understanding they will need to work in the areas of aircraft structural repair and manufacturing. Students complete practical experience while working on between 45 and 60 projects that cover everything from aircraft fuselages and control surfaces, to composite panels, wing, and plastics and sealing procedures.

The Airline Operations Special Non-Post-Secondary Certificate is a 75-hour course completed part-time through distance education. The program teaches students the basics of how an airline operates and the specifics of an airline operations position. The program is aimed at individuals who would like to begin a career in the airline industry, or it consolidates information for those who are already working for an airline but who would like to advance in their chosen field.

The Airport Administration and Services Special Non-Post-Secondary Certificate is a 150-hour course completed part-time through distance education. The course gives students the knowledge they need to work in a complicated airport environment.

The Airport Wildlife Management Special Non-Post-Secondary Certificate is a 75-hour course completed part-time through distance education. Course participants are given an understanding of airports’ responsibility to provide a safe and efficient means of travel to the public. Wildlife can be hazardous to aircraft, particularly in the vicinity of an airport. Participants are given an understanding of wildlife management in the complicated airport environment.

All flight training takes place on the SC fleet which includes 10 Zlin and two Seminole Piper planes. Each aircraft includes advanced radio navigation systems and real-time aircraft tracking systems. Students are exposed to a number of diverse flight scenarios using risk-free flight simulators.

If you believe you have what it takes to be one of the aviation greats of tomorrow, then speak to us about applying for a course at one of the above universities and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Georgian College offers 1 diploma and 3 part-time courses in aviation

 Barrie, Ontario skyline, home of the Georgian College.
Barrie, Ontario skyline, home of the Georgian College.

Georgian College (GC) offers a three-year Aviation Management Diploma designed to give students knowledge and hands-on experience in Aviation and Management to prepare them for employment in the aviation industry in Canada and around the world. The program also provides students with co-operative work experiences in the aviation industry. Students have the opportunity to pass the examination to receive their Restricted Aeronautical Radio Operation License.

The Diploma is the only three-year program in Canada that allows students to progress to Griffith University's Masters in Aviation Management Degree which can be earned with an additional one-and-a-half years of study. Graduates of the GC Aviation Management Diploma can also choose to complete one of two Bachelor of Science degrees at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an additional year of study.

Part-time courses include: Aviation Operations which covers airline operations and Air Traffic Services (ATS); Government and Aviation which looks at the structure of governments and develops a student's awareness and understanding of how it impacts the international aviation community. Special emphasis is given to the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) regulatory, financial and safety control of aviation, and Aviation Orientation. Students who are about to embark on a career in aviation, now have a background in aircraft knowledge, weather sense, air navigation techniques, and airports.

Do you dream of a career in aviation? Then speak to us about applying for a course at one of the above universities and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation universities in Canada and all around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.

Summary and thoughts about the future of aviation and aviation studies in Canada

There are several key factors that will continue to affect the aviation industry in Canada for at least the next decade.

  • A dramatic increase in air travel which is expected to double in the next 20 years.
  • The Canadian aerospace industry spends more per capita on research and development than any other industry. Both the aerospace and astrospace industries are actively engaged in R&D collaboration with a variety of partners, particularly in academia.
  • There are 4,000 jobs available to Aerospace Engineers in Canada, and this figure is expected to hold true until 2024, with a projected 1,400 positions becoming vacant between 2016 and 2024, as between 700 and 800 people retire.
  • The projected expansion and modernization of global airline fleets is being threatened by a projected 9% shortage of aviation mechanics by 2027.
  • Canada has around 700 aerospace companies that employ more than 85,000 skilled professionals. In 2017, the industry contributed $12.6 billion to Canadian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and exported about 75% of its output to global customers.
  • 16 Industrial Capabilities (KICs) have been identified by the Government of Canada to ensure that defence procurement better drives innovation, exports and the growth of firms through the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy. These KICs represent areas of emerging technology that have the potential for rapid growth and significant opportunities, and capabilities that maintain Canada’s global competitiveness.

Canadian aviation and aerospace universities and colleges continue to produce quality professionals who are well-prepared to take their place in the aviation and aerospace sectors.

Taking into account the rapid growth of air traffic which has already resulted in a high demand for pilots, along with a growing number of aviation technology innovations, as well as Canadian companies strong position within the supply chains of global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), it seems clear that there has never been a more exciting or auspicious time to set out on a career in aviation and aerospace.

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