Aviation Management

Program: AVIA
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Barrie


This program is designed to give students knowledge and hands-on experience in Aviation and Management as well as provide co-operative work experience in the Aviation industry. A variety of aviation courses provide students with a solid understanding of the aviation industry in Canada and around the world. Students are given the opportunity to pass the examination to receive their Restricted Aeronautical Radio Operation License. Management courses are designed to give students an understanding of management practices and procedures in order to be prepared for future promotional opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program obtain employment in general aviation and aviation operations positions where they may use their knowledge and skills to progress to more advanced positions. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of aviation fields such as Airline Management, Airport Management, Airport Planning, Flight Dispatch and Government Aviation agencies. In addition, the program provides graduates with a better chance of success in furthering their training with the Department of National Defense or to become Air Traffic Controllers, Commercial/Airline Pilots, and Flight Service Specialists.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. collaborate as a team member or team leader;
  2. practice strong interpersonal, communications and time management skills;
  3. synthesize, problem solve and use critical thinking skills to solve a variety of problems;
  4. apply integrity and initiative to meet professional challenges;
  5. utilize entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community;
  6. promulgate the attitudes, values and ethics of good citizenship in the community and the workplace;
  7. employ general management skills in relation to the Aviation industry;
  8. utilize the ethical, environmental and safety issues within the Aviation industry;
  9. interpret aviation fundamentals, operations, and terminology;
  10. access and apply current computer technology and use technical equipment specific to the Aviation industry.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2020
  • Sem 3: Fall 2020
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2021
  • Sem 4: Summer 2021
  • Work Term 3: Fall 2021
  • Sem 5: Winter 2022
  • Sem 6: Summer 2022


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

International and landed immigrant applicants to the Aviation Management Program should be aware that the ability to obtain a valid Transport Canada security clearance may be a condition of employment (Co-op or Graduate) with some international airports and airlines in Canada.

Students who have resided or worked outside of Canada within the last five years may have difficulty meeting Transport Canada's information standards. Fortunately, the majority of Co-op positions in Canada do not require students to obtain valid Transport Canada security clearance.

The foregoing is for your information only. Students should follow up with any prospective employer to determine their own candidacy.

Other Program Information

Past and concurrent flight training will be recognized and course exemptions will be considered based on previous education and work experience. Georgian College has made special arrangements with a local flight training facility for FLIGHTLAB at a reduced rate. These costs are over and above student tuition fees.

College scheduled Field Trips are a mandatory component of the Aviation Management program and must be attended by the student.

Graduation Requirements

29 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 Program Option Courses
4 General Education Courses
3 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
AVIA 1000 Aviation Orientation 42
AVIA 1001 Aviation Operations 42
AVIA 1005 Flight Lab 10
COMP 2022 Computer Applications - Spreadsheets 42
GOVT 1001 Government and Aviation 42
MKTG 1000 Introduction to Marketing 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
AVIA 1003 Airport Management 42
AVIA 3004 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 42
AVIA 3007 Airline Management 42
LAWS 2000 Business Law 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
ACCT 1000 Financial Accounting Principles 1 42
AVIA 2000 Aircraft Characteristics 42
AVIA 3000 Air Cargo, Customs and Logistics 42
COMM 1021 Dynamic Presentations 42
MATH 1008 Introduction to Business and Technical Math 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
AVIA 2006 Introduction to Aerodynamics 42
COMP 1062 Database and Office Management 42
ECON 1000 Microeconomics 42
METE 3000 Meteorology 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from Option list during registration. 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
AVIA 2002 Navigation and Navigation Aids 42
AVIA 3005 International Aviation and Management 42
AVIA 3010 Safety and Emergency Management 42
BUSI 3001 Supervision 42
MGMT 2012 Introduction to Project Management 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
AVIA 2001 Advanced Flight Lab 10
AVIA 3001 Airport Planning 42
AVIA 3009 Security Management Systems for Aviation (SeMS) 42
ECON 2000 Macroeconomics 42
STAT 2000 Statistics 1 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1532
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermsHours
COOP 1011 Aviation Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2) 560
COOP 2010 Aviation Work Term 2 (occurs after Semester 3) 560
COOP 3007 Aviation Work Term 3 (occurs after Semester 4) 560
 Total Hours1680
Program options may include:
AVIA 2003Area/Airspace 1
AVIA 2004Airport Control Services
AVIA 3003Aviation Safety/Accident Prevention
AVIA 3006Air Accident Investigation
BUSI 2024International Experience
ENTR 1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship
FNCE 2000Business Finance
FNCE 2001Managerial Finance
HURM 1000Human Resources Management Foundations
MATH 2005Algebra
MGMT 2001Principles of Management
MKTG 1001Planning the Marketing Strategy

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  


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