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A bright future

Today’s aviation maintenance and aerospace industry holds a wealth of opportunity for students as it is one of the fastest growing sectors in Canada and the world. Despite our relatively small economy (in global terms), the Canadian aerospace industry ranks among the top five in the world and has job opportunities that are among the most exciting, interesting, and challenging careers out there.

Careers in aviation and aerospace are not limited simply to being a pilot or a flight attendant. In fact, most jobs are in manufacturing, and in maintenance, repair and overhaul. As a member of Canada’s aviation and aerospace industry, workers serve both domestic and international markets, in manufacturing or servicing, repairing, overhauling, or retrofitting many types of aircraft and their components.

The CCAA is dedicated to ensuring the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry has enough workers with the right skills to meet industry needs. The Council is also committed to ensuring that students interested in this dynamic, growing sector get access to the knowledge and training they need to succeed.

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What would life be without airplanes?

Today, aviation touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives. It‘s not just about business and vacation travel; it’s about international mail delivery, overnight couriers, food and supply delivery to remote communities. It enables business and world trade to exist, and save lives through medevacs, air ambulance services, search and rescue missions, and international organ donation programs. Aviation is an integral part of our society, and there is a growing need for qualified people in the industry.

Download a copy of the CCAA’s Careers in Aviation & Aerospace guide to explore the rewarding and unique careers that the aviation and aerospace industry has to offer.

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Aviation Maintenance Orientation Program (AMOP)

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To learn more about the CCAA’s Aviation and Aerospace Orientation Program please contact:

The Aviation and Aerospace Orientation Program (AMOP) is a high school curriculum that is offered by the CCAA in over 20 high schools across Canada. AMOP introduces high school students to the basic concepts of flight theory, avionics, aircraft structural materials, aircraft mechanics, industry standards, and has a strong emphasis on workplace safety.

The Program focuses on seven major areas and it looks at the habits found in a typical work environment: Safety, Avionics, Powerplant, Systems, Structure, Aircraft Practices and Flight Fundamentals.

The curriculum was developed in consultation with industry and includes learning outlines, sample lesson plans and practical projects that total 300 hours– allowing instructors to choose the materials most relevant for their classes. In its entirety, the program can be offered over three years with aviation related workplace components.

AMOP is the perfect starting point for your students to work toward a rewarding career in aviation and aerospace whether they want to become an aircraft maintenance technician, an aerospace engineer or even a pilot.

If you are interested in participating in or offering the Aviation and Aerospace Orientation Program or have any questions, please contact us.

The benefits of CCAA accreditation

  • Provides a framework to help create and implement systems and processes that improve operational effectiveness and foster positive worker attitudes
  • Improves communication and collaboration internally and with external stakeholders
  • Strengthens interdisciplinary team effectiveness
  • Demonstrates credibility and a commitment to quality and accountability
  • Identifies areas for additional funding for organizations and provides a platform for negotiating this funding
  • Mitigates the risk of adverse events and help decrease liability costs
  • Sustains improvements in quality and organizational performance
  • Enables on-going self-analysis of performance in relation to standards
  • Enables on-going self-analysis of performance in relation to standards
  • Ensures an acceptable level of quality among vocational training providers
  • Improves the organization’s reputation among end-users and enhances their awareness and perception of quality training, as well as their overall satisfaction level with new hire graduates
  • Promotes capacity-building, professional development, and organizational learning
  • Codifies policies and procedures and promotes the use of ethical frameworks
  • Drives compliance with regulatory and industrial requirements
  • Decreases variances in practice among vocational trainers and employers.
  • Increases vocational training organizations’ compliance with quality and safety
  • Improves a student’s learning outcomes
  • Promotes the sharing of policies, procedures, and best practices among vocational training organizations
  • Promotes a quality and safety culture

If you have questions and want to learn more about Accreditation, send us an email at:


The CCAA has gathered a collection of cool aviation facts, fun puzzles and games for younger students to play and learn, including puzzles, trivia, a photo and video gallery and more.

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