Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME)

There is a demand for Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME) in Saskatchewan, across Canada, and internationally. Graduates of the program find work primarily at aircraft maintenance facilities as apprentice AMEs.
The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer program trains learners to maintain, repair, and overhaul aircraft to ensure that aircraft meet Transport Canada’s standard of safety and performance.
Once a graduate obtains their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category M licence, their work opportunities and wages increase significantly. Employment is normally steady year-round and shift work is common.
The AME licence is a federally-issued document and is fully transferable across Canada. The earning potential is $40,000 – $80,000/yr. 
Established as an Approved Training Organization under Transport Canada regulations, students enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer training program benefit from our partnerships with the following aerospace and defense companies:
•    Boeing Aerospace
•    Rockwell Collins
•    Lockheed Martin


  • West Wind Aviation
  • Westjet
  • Air Canada
  • Canada Nort
  • Canadian Helicopters and many more

Quick Facts about SIIT's AME program

  • AME students gain the knowledge and skills required for eligibility to apply as an apprentice in the aircraft maintenance industry.
  • Graduates receive the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category M training diploma upon satisfactory completion of the program.
  • Graduates are credited with 18 months towards the current 48-month industry requirement to obtain a licence. An attendance rate of 95% or better is required to graduate and is mandatory to qualify for the time credit.
  • Upon completion, graduates who meet all of the regulatory requirements may challenge the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) examination and obtain their federal licence as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Category M.  Transport Canada is responsible for the regulation of all organizations providing training to Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.
  • The AME program is open to First Nation and non-First Nation students
What do I need to get in?

Academic Requirements:

  • Grade 12 with a minimum 60% average in Level 30 Math / Physics 20 and Physical Science 20

Non-Academic recommendations:

  • Strong communication skills
  • A mechanical aptitude

Industry requirements:

  • Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical mobility.
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces.
  • For safety reasons, employers may dictate hair length and other conditions

Applicants with Grade 12 or Adult 12 will be given preference, including those who demonstrate a high average in math and science. Applicants should have good communication skills, good mechanical interest and aptitude, as well as interest in applied technologies. Industry requirements include good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity and physical agility. Industry conditions may require individuals to work at heights an in confined spaces. Employers, for safety reasons, may dictate hair length and other conditions. Some employers may require a complete Grade 12 an/or specific Grade 12 subjects.

  • Attendance is imperative to achieve success- a 95% or better attendance rate is required to graduate
  • The AME program is open to First Nation and non-First Nation students
AME Preparation

Attending the Aircraft Maintenance Orientation Program (AMOP) at a Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) accredited institution is recommended. It provides the academic orientation and work-based experience in aviation maintenance technology.

Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon offers the Aircraft Maintenance Orientation Program and high school students are encouraged to enrol.

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