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 2024
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. Aviation courses focus on aircraft, airline and airport operations, aviation safety and security and flight systems and navigation. Students gain a solid understanding of the aviation industry in Canada and around the world. Management courses are designed to give students an understanding of business and management practices of marketing, human resource management, communications and project management to be prepared for future promotional opportunities. Students are given the opportunity to pass the examination to receive their Restricted Aeronautical Radio Operation License.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program may obtain employment in general aviation and aviation operations positions where they use their knowledge and skills to progress to more advanced positions. Graduates may be employed in a wide variety of aviation fields such as airline management, airport management, airport planning, security and safety management operations, cargo operations, business aircraft operations, 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. execute radio communications in accordance with Industry Canada guidelines and obtain a Restricted Radiotelephone Operators Certificate;

  2. examine the Canadian and international aviation regulatory bodies and utilize Canadian aviation industry regulations;

  3. utilize principles of management to operate and administer airport and airline operations in an effective and efficient manner;

  4. apply accounting, finance and human resource principles to manage airport and airline operations;

  5. apply the knowledge of modern aircraft technology, aerodynamics and meteorology to maintain safe operation of aircraft;

  6. apply the knowledge of systems and procedures to move people and cargo with domestic and international air carriers and airports;

  7. utilize risk management processes to identify and implement safety policies and procedures for airport, cargo and airline operations;

  8. design and implement Safey and Emergency Management Systems (SMS) and Security Management Systems (SeMS) to meet regulatory requirements and for safe airport and airline operations;

  9. describe the use and control of modern aircraft, Canadian airspace, navigation systems and navigation aids;

  10.  apply integrity and initiative to promote and maintain sustainable practices and to meet the ethical and environmental issues within the aviation industry;

  11. apply current computer technology and use technical equipment specific to the aviation industry;

  12. apply the basic skills in problem solving, decision making, oral and written communications and personal relations to function as base or operations manager;

  13. analyze airport layouts from both design and operational perspectives.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Experiential and Work-Integrated Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulations for details.   

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at www.GeorgianCollege.ca/co-op

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2026
  • Sem 4: Summer 2026
  • Work Term 3: Fall 2026
  • Sem 5: Winter 2027
  • Sem 6: Summer 2027


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 https://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)

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

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/academic-regulations/

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 for Prior Learning 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 FLIGHT LAB 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

32 Program Courses
3 Communications Courses
3 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

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the 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
BUSI 1001 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour 42
GOVT 1001 Government and Aviation 42
Communication Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
AVIA 1003 Airport Management 42
AVIA 3007 Airline Management 42
COMM 2020 Technical Communication 42
MATH 1002 Mathematics of Finance 42
MKTG 1000 Introduction to Marketing 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 2021 Dynamic Presentations 42
ECON 1000 Microeconomics 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
AVIA 2001 Advanced Flight Lab 10
AVIA 2002 Navigation and Navigation Aids 42
AVIA 2006 Introduction to Aerodynamics 42
AVIA 3004 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 42
COMP 1062 Database and Office Management 42
HURM 1000 Human Resources Management Foundations 42
METE 3000 Meteorology 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
AVIA 3001 Airport Planning 42
AVIA 3010 Safety and Emergency Management 42
ENTR 2007 Intrapreneurship 42
LAWS 2000 Business Law 42
MGMT 2001 Principles of Management 42
MGMT 2012 Introduction to Project Management 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
AVIA 3005 International Aviation and Management 42
AVIA 3009 Security Management Systems for Aviation (SeMS) 42
ECON 2000 Macroeconomics 42
ETHC 3002 Business Ethics 42
STAT 2000 Statistics 1 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education 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

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. 

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.


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