Recent statistics show that the Quebec aerospace industry employs over 40,000 people, 50% of the Canadian aerospace industry.
Education and training in the field has been almost exclusively in French, with the exception of the Aircraft Maintenance Technology which, until recently, was offered at John Abbott College. Training in the Aerospace field will now be consolidated at École Nationale D’Aérotechnique (located in St. Hubert), a division of Collège Édouard-Montpetit and, once again, Aircraft Maintenance Technology will be offered in English. The college was unable to meet its objective of 30 English students in August 2008 and is launching another campaign to attract students for August 2009.
Graduates of the 3-year program are able to:
Inspect, repair, replace or modify aircraft components to keep planes and helicopters functioning safely;
Investigate and analyze aircraft break-downs and technical problems, among other tasks.
The job placement rate for students graduating from École Nationale D’Aérotechnique is 97%.
Entrance requirements include Math 526 and Physics 534.
Secondary V Students – The Last to go before the Reform
Requirements for high school leaving certification and general admission to CEGEP will remain status quo for students presently in Secondary V.
Students in Cycle II, Year II (Secondary IV) will now be subject to new requirements for high school certification.
Millennium Excellence Award Program
The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation will grant 1,052 entrance awards to students beginning post-secondary studies as part of its Millennium Award Program. To be eligible for an entrance award, a student must be able to demonstrate high academic achievement, service to the community and leadership ability. For more information go to www.excellenceaward.ca.
Students interested in other scholarships and awards available in Canada can join studentawards.com for further information.