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Manitoba Aerospace collaborates on a variety of initiatives to ensure that we are creating awareness of careers in the local aerospace and aviation industries and of the educational/training pathways to those careers.
Our members provide world-class aerospace products and services for customers on six continents.
Categories: Education, Science, Technology, Mathematics, Employment Services x Training, Engineering x Architecture
Meet the Speakers
What kind of education, skills, and/or qualifications are required to work in your industry or at your organization/company?
The aviation and aerospace industry offers many exciting, rewarding and unique careers that challenge many interests. Although there are many career choices, they all have similar basic requirements. The “ideal candidate” needs solid computer knowledge; possesses a college diploma or university degree*; has strong manual skills, good communication skills (written and spoken), an eye for detail; and is very safety conscious. Company requirements may also include federal government security clearance. Many colleges and training organizations require English, math and sciences for entrance. High school students should make sure that they are taking all the required courses and making the required grades for the post-secondary program they wish to enter. Also available at many high schools across Canada is the Aviation and Aerospace Orientation Program, which gives an introduction to aviation maintenance, manufacturing and the principles of flight. (A list of schools may be found on-line at www.avaerocouncil.ca )
Is it important to have degrees and/or diplomas to advance in your industry or with your organization/company?
Employers not only use technical qualifications and work experience when assessing applications. They also look at key sets of ‘soft’ skills to help them find future employees who can blend in with their existing team, deal with customers and other clients/suppliers, resolve problems, improve how things are done, work under pressure and progress successfully through their training programmes.
With so much competition for jobs as more and more people complete university degrees and other levels of training, employers have a large pool of talent to recruit from. They will test soft skills in addition to specific qualifications to find the right people.
What education facilities offer the best programs for this industry/organization/company?
- University of Manitoba
- Red River College – Stevenson Campus
- Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc.
- Neeginan College of Applied Technology
- Harv’s Air Flight Training
- Eagles Wings Flight School
- Tec Voc High School
- Career Trek
- KF Aerospace
What was your workload like in college/university?
Kimberly Ballantyne – I worked full time as a bartender/server at Cherry Creek Café while carrying a full case load at the University of Manitoba from April 2009-February 2014. I was able to balance my family, work and school responsibilities. I also had my daughter Nova my last year of University, she was born February 21, 2013 and I returned to school 4 days after giving birth to her.
I was in this Math Statistics class and if you missed one lesson, you’d feel left behind. This was an accomplishment I am very proud of. My daughter inspired and motivated me harder to push through that very last year. I remember writing my last exam and knew I passed and had my degree. There’s no other feeling like it in the world knowing you completed a dream you’ve had since middle school.
What are soft skills?
These skills and abilities refer to ‘transferable’ skills which can apply to all kinds of jobs. While a Doctor, Pilot, Aeronautical Engineer, Astronaut and Flight Operations Manager need to have very different specific knowledge to carry out their duties and may have completed specific training in a particular discipline, the skills they need to use this knowledge effectively in the workplace will be the same. For example, the ability to communicate, negotiate, work as a team or lead a team of people.
These skills are also sometimes called ’generic’, as they relate to all disciplines/jobs and ‘employability skills’ because having them makes you more employable in the eyes of the recruiter!
Soft skills are not only used in the recruitment process to distinguish between candidates with the same type of qualifications and experience. They also form part of the professional development process that employees undertake to plan and manage their career development and gain professional recognition in their field, such as EngTech, Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineering status. Therefore, these often form the frameworks of internal and external review processes, such as performance management and professional recognition.
Some skills could be seen slightly differently, as there are often training courses with certified levels of achievements. We have listed these as ‘proficiencies’ below:
- IT and software package knowledge
- Relevant technical knowledge
- Commercial Awareness
- Language Skills
- Project Management
The above skills can often be taught and ‘certified’ e.g. via a course but also develop and improve over time in the workplace through experience.
In most cases, unless stated otherwise, recruiters will be interested in examples from all aspects of your life:
- Work experience (part-time jobs, industrial placements)
- Voluntary/community work
- Hobbies and interests (including sports, Air Cadets etc.)
- Extra-curricular activities (including university societies)
For example, team sports, clubs and societies you are an active member of at university or college, and events you have helped organize in the community will be of particular interest. One experience may develop several skills e.g. getting involved in a voluntary event could develop your organizational and teamwork skills, and demonstrate your commitment end empathy.
Part-time work is also acceptable – all jobs, even those which may just be a stepping stone while you study or look for work, help you develop skills and also shows you are willing to take financial responsibility for yourself.
You probably need to put between 4-8 skills on your CV, including languages and IT. When applying online, you may be asked to complete detailed questions about specific skills, usually selected by the employer.
What skills are most valued in your industry/organization/company?
Skills learned are transferable throughout Canada. The jobs are challenging and require continuous learning. Right now is the time to enter these industries, because the workforce is getting older and many current workers are close to retirement.
Key soft skills:
- Communication – written and oral
- Problem Solving/Analytical Skills
- Empathy and emotional intelligence
- Innovation and Creativity
- Organizational and Planning
- Time Management
- Attention to detail
- Ability to motivate others
- Willingness to learn
- Cultural awareness
- Manual dexterity (or hand skills; particularly for hands-on engineering roles such as aircraft maintenance)
Note: that it is difficult to be ‘taught’ these skills, you are more likely to develop them over time in different situations, i.e. through experience rather than through a formal qualification.
How to Get Certified and Why Should I Become Certified?
CCAA certification is documented proof that you have met nationally recognized standards in your occupation. Employers, education institutions, and industry workers everywhere instantly recognize a CCAA-certified individual to be a highly skilled and qualified worker who can demonstrate exceptional knowledge and competence on the job. Being CCAA-certified adds greatly to your professional credentials, giving you a marked advantage in the competitive job market. CCAA certification is accepted nationally as a proven benchmark of quality because its certification standards demand the highest degree of professional competence in the industry today. If you’re aiming to become one of the best in your field, CCAA-certification is definitely the way to go.
Transport Canada Licensing In the aviation maintenance industry, Transport Canada provides licensing for three categories of aircraft maintenance engineers (AME). The AME licence is granted to Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Structures Technicians, and Avionics Maintenance Technicians who pass the prerequisites and rigorous standard testing by Transport Canada in their given specialty. AME-M is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with a maintenance specialty AME-E is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with an avionics specialty AME-S is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with a structures specialty Licensed engineers are authorized to sign maintenance releases and can certify air-worthiness of aircraft, engines, or system components as identified in the licence category.
To apply for an AME licence, applicants must provide:
- Proof of Age
- Proof of Training
- Proof of Knowledge
- Proof of Experience using a logbook N.B.: CCAA logbooks have been approved for use by Transport Canada.
- Proof of Skill
What types of positions can I work in with this education?
Today’s aviation maintenance and aerospace industry hold a wealth of opportunity 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.
The range of knowledge needed to design, build and keep these high-speed machines safely in the air is vast, employing engineers, designers, technicians, mechanics, machinists, technologists, and inspectors who may specialize in physics, chemistry, hydraulics, pneumatics, metallurgy, welding, avionics, composites, gas dynamics, and microelectronics—just to name a few. 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, you will serve both domestic and international markets, in manufacturing or servicing, repairing, overhauling, or retrofitting many types of aircraft and their components. These jobs can take place at airplane hangers, airports, approved maintenance organizations, machine shops, manufacturing companies, on the flight line, in an approved training organization, and in the air force. You might work on engines, avionics systems, landing gears, or flight simulators. You could design or build the plane or pieces of it. You could assemble the plane, inspect it or fix it.
Skills learned are transferable throughout Canada. The jobs are challenging and require continuous learning. Right now is the time to enter these industries, because the workforce is getting older and many current workers are close to retirement. Canada needs tens of thousands of young people to enter this vital industry in order for it to continue to grow. It needs pilots, machinists, mechanics, fabricators & many more. No matter what aviation or aerospace career attracts your interest, you can be sure your choice will be exciting, rewarding, unique and fun.
Are there any student organizations or activities that would be beneficial in preparing for a position in your industry/company/organization?
Are work and life experience important to qualify for jobs in your industry/company/organization?
Volunteer experience in Aerospace and Aviation looks great on a resume.
We like to hear about why you are passionate to work in the Aerospace and Aviation industry.
Do you hire people straight out of college or university? If yes, what entry-level positions are available?
Manitoba Aerospace is a not-for-profit organization representing aerospace, aviation, and defence companies and stakeholders and while we work with our companies on recruiting initiatives, we do not recruit for specific positions.
I would recommend that an applicant interested in employment opportunities in the Aerospace and Aviation industry check out our member company profiles on our website at:
Please click on the companies of your choice and apply through their employment opportunity portals.
Tec Voc High School
What does AMMOP stand for?
Aerospace Manufacturing and Maintenance Orientation Program
What does the AMMOP program train adults for?
AMMOP is a 10 month program in which students learn the skills that will lead to a career in the Aerospace Industry. It is for adults who want to transition to employment and post-secondary opportunities in the Manitoba Aerospace Industry.
Is there a tuition cost for the program?
No. There is no tuition cost, as the program is sponsored by Manitoba Aerospace and the Winnipeg School Division. However, students are responsible for school supplies, technology at home (computer or laptop with internet access) and work boots.
How long is the program?
AMMOP is a 10 month program in which students learn the skills that will lead to a career in the Aerospace Industry. Students attend from 7:45AM to 2:30PM for half a week, with perfect attendance being the expectation.
What are the educational requirements to apply for the program?
You must be a high school graduate, or completed Grade 12. We will look at your educational background as part of the application process.
Why is it a great program for adults interested in the Aerospace industry?
AMMOP provides free training to adults who want to pursue opportunities in the Manitoba Aerospace Industry. It provides the essential skills training necessary to gain employment or continue further studies in the Aerospace industry.
What career or educational options do graduates of the program have?
Many students enter the workforce in the industry after completing the AMMOP program. Other studies continue their studies at Red River College and the University of Manitoba, Engineering.
When does the next AMMOP training program begin?
After the Open House in April, we will accept applications. Applicants will be provided with an interview/test date. The next course will begin in August 2021.
How do I apply for the program? What are the steps to the application process?
Attend the AMMOP Open House (virtual) on April 28, 2021 6pm
Complete an application form – available at the Open House
Your interview will be booked for June 2021
When is the virtual AMMOP Open House and how do I register?
AMMOP Open House Registration Link: http://bit.ly/AMMOPOpenHouse2021
Attend the Open House to receive information on how to register.
- You can explore the programs at Tec through a virtual tour at http://tecvoc.ca/virtualtour/
- There are 19 different vocational programs to experience as high school students, or post-high students
- Tec Voc, is the largest school in Manitoba (physical space)
- Tec Voc’s slogan – Think Green, Act Gold, Be a Hornet (school mascot)!
- Tec’s history: https://www.winnipegsd.ca/schools/TechnicalVocational/Administration/history/Pages/default.aspx