If you’ve ever dreamed of taking to the skies with your very own pilot’s licence — or exploring other careers within the fast-growing aviation industry — you can now make that dream a reality with two new and exciting programs starting in the fall of ’21 from Algoma University’s School of Business and Economics (SchoolBE). Registration is now open for the Aviation Management Professional Program (AMP) and the Aviation Management Certificate (AMC).
The SchoolBE at Algoma University’s Brampton campus is one of just three Universities in Ontario offering aviation programming.
Why work in aviation? It’s a rewarding field that is expecting significant growth — Canada is expected to face a shortage of 3,000 pilots and 55,000 workers overall in the aviation industry by 2025. The country’s pilot shortage is so severe that it’s even causing some regional carriers to cancel flights.
Algoma U’s SchoolBE aviation programs provide a wide variety of options, whether you’re coming straight out of highschool or you’re a working professional pursuing further education. Both programs also have a flight option for students interested in learning how to pilot an aircraft, and both offer students the opportunity to graduate with five of the industry’s most recognized in-demand certifications.
The four-year innovative AMP program provides current and future pilots, as well as those interested in the non-flight aspect of the aviation industry (aviation management career/professional) all the skills and networking opportunities they’ll need to enter the job market. The program offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA, with an Aviation Specialization), a big advantage in helping students start their career in the aviation industry.
The one-year AMC will provide an aviation professional looking to upgrade their skills and abilities to management level with more opportunities for professional development within their current and/or future organization. As the program is one year only, it’s also a great option for those who want to get their feet wet in the aviation industry but may not be able to commit to the four-year AMP.
Students who complete the AMC certificate program have the option to easily transfer into the AMP program without the need to repeat any courses.
Algoma University’s SchoolBE prides itself on developing business and socially-conscious leaders. Students benefit from small class sizes, one-on-one interactions with caring faculty, and the chance to learn directly from industry professionals — providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through experiential learning and internships.
In addition to in-class learning, online learning is also offered.
Students from both programs who are interested in learning to pilot an aircraft will have the option to receive flight training from Flight 6ix, a Transport Canada certified flight training establishment and pilot school. Flight 6ix boasts a team of well-established aviation industry veterans, and their instructors have airline experience from Air Canada, WestJet, Emirates, Etihad, Saudia, Qatar Airways, and Air India.
Flight 6ix allows students to choose from two airports for their training (Grimsby Airport and Guelph Airpark), and an impressive total of 13 aircrafts are dedicated for Algoma University students to train with.
Upon successful completion of the AMP or the AMC, students will have the opportunity to write additional applicable exams and graduate with five of the industry’s biggest, most recognized certification courses. Which is a simplified and direct path to these certifications compared to other schools.
These five certifications provide in-demand skills that employers in the industry are looking for:
- Aviation Safety Management – Certification obtained from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Aviation Quality Assurance (AQA) – AQA Certification obtained from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Commercial Drone Operations – Drone Certification obtained from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Air Traffic Control and Dispatch Operations – Dispatcher Certification obtained from a Transport Canada recognized provider
- Crew Resource Management – CRM Certification obtained from a Transport Canada recognized provider
The current labour shortage in the aviation industry ensures that graduating students will have countless career opportunities in aviation management to choose from. Even if you’re not interested in becoming a pilot, students equipped with the courses in Algoma’s aviation program can work directly in these fields:
- Passenger Airlines
- Corporate Airlines
- Cargo Airlines
- Safety Management Specialist (required for every airline)
- Quality Assurance Specialist (required for every airline)
- Drone Operator (future of drone delivery, drone pilots and automated drone industry)
- Crew Resource Management (course required for every airline in the world)
- Logistics and Supply Chain
If you’re interested in exploring some of the finest aviation management courses in Canada, be sure to apply now for the Aviation Management Professional Program or the Aviation Management Certificate — application fees are waived for this program for Sept 2021!