Shael Riendeau works at KF Aerospace at Kelowna International Airport. His career took flight within a  year of taking Okanagan College’s aircraft maintenance engineer program

Shael Riendeau works at KF Aerospace at Kelowna International Airport. His career took flight within a year of taking Okanagan College’s aircraft maintenance engineer program

Students soar at college

You can still apply for the Feb. 1 intake of the aircraft maintenance engineer structures certificate program

Those looking to have their career take flight within a year can still apply for the Feb. 1 intake of the aircraft maintenance engineer structures certificate program at Okanagan College.

Students are taught everything they need to become structures technicians that work on the skin and frame of an aircraft.

“Knowing I could finish classes and there was a high probability of a job right away was reassuring, and validated my choice in taking this program,” said Shael Riendeau, 32, who completed the certificate program in December and started work immediately at KF Aerospace.

“It’s not just a job, it’s a career, and in less than one year I was able to apply, take the program, graduate, and get hired.”

The program is taught at Kelowna International Airport, sharing hangar space with KF Aerospace.

“It’s a real dialogue between the college, KF Aerospace and other industry stakeholders to ensure our students are exposed to the latest technologies, regulations, and standards,” said Dale Martell, AME program chairperson.

More than 70 per cent of the AME-S graduates are hired locally in the aircraft and helicopter industry, while others go on to work provincially, nationally or globally.

For more information, go to www.okanagan.bc.ca/ame