Want to be an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer?

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Training and Hiring Information

To become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), one must first complete a Transport Canada approved Maintenance Training Course. These courses are generally a two year technology diploma program. Courses in Aircraft Maintenance are offered at a handful of Technical Institutions across Canada. After graduation one must secure work in the Aviation Maintenance Industry to complete an apprenticeship period of on-the-job training under the supervision of a licensed AME. The apprenticeship program can last up to four years. Once the program is completed the apprentice is eligible to obtain an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers license. In order to obtain a license the candidate must complete a series of Transport Canada Examinations in a variety of areas. (i.e. turbine and piston engines, fixed and rotary wing airframe, air regulations etc.) A minimum score of 70 % is required in all areas. Once licensed, the AME must continue his or her education throughout their career with training courses specific to aircraft types they are working on and new technologies in Aviation Maintenance, in order to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry.


Requirements to work as an AME with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Aviation Services


  • Valid Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License category M1 and M2.
  • Significant experience in maintaining fixed and/or rotary wing aircraft with sound knowledge of turbine engines, piston engines, airframes, and related systems.
  • Familiarization with maintaining any or all of the following aircraft: deHavilland Twin Otter & Turbo Beaver, Canadair CL-415, King Air 350, EC 130, A-Star 350, and small piston powered aircraft
  • Thorough knowledge of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), regulations and standards relating to aircraft maintenance combined with the ability to interpret blueprints and technical instructions pertaining to maintenance requirements.
  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to participate in a team environment.
  • Valid MTO driver’s license.
  • Must be able to obtain Transport Canada Airport security pass.


How to apply:


Vacant Aircraft Maintenance Engineer positions over six months in length are advertised by any or all of the following methods:


  • local newspapers
  • Ontario Government publications - Topical and Job Mart
  • Ministry of Natural Resources Offices
  • The Ontario Government website under Job Opportunities.


Filed resumes are not referred to when positions are advertised, as potential candidates must apply directly to a job competition referring to the position number.


Government publications are normally available for reviewing at Canada Employment Centers and Provincial Government offices.