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  • Aviation Operations

    Aviation Operations

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:AVO
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

As a student of the Aviation Operations program, you can expect a comprehensive education in aviation that includes study of Canadian aviation regulations as well as the technical and practical skills required to work in a variety of airside operations roles.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility :

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics*: MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics, MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions) or MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

* Seneca may also consider applicants with good grades in MAP4(C) (80% or over recommended) or MCR3(U) (70% or over). Students with grades lower than these recommended benchmarks and who test below the appropriate level in the skills assessment can expect to be placed into a preparatory mathematics course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.


  • It is common practice for the Aviation Industry to require police criminal checks and drug testing on employment.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Pursue a career in areas such as flight planning and dispatch or ground operations with a diploma in Aviation Operations. In two years of study at Seneca, you’ll learn aviation history and standards, aviation regulations, safety management systems documentation and implementation, aeronautics, meteorology, flight planning/dispatch, aviation management, airside operations, airline operations transport logistics and emergency planning and preparedness. As a student, you’ll also develop valuable professional skills such as communication, leadership, decision making, and problem solving.

Areas of Study

Areas of study include aviation standards, history and regulations, aviation manage– ment, airside operations, flight planning and dispatch, meteorology, safety management systems, technical writing, transportation logistics, quality assurance and control, airline operations, aeronautics, emergency planning and preparedness, math, aviation computer applications, general education and human and organization factors.

Co-operative Education

Eligible students in the Aviation Operations program may choose to take a one semester co–op work–term during the Fall of year two. Before starting the work–term, these students complete CPP100 (Co–op Professional Theory). To graduate from the co–op option of Aviation Operations, students must successfully complete both CPP100 and the co–op work– term.

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Diploma Structure

Year 1
Term 1 September - academic
Term 2 January - academic
Term 3 May - academic
Year 2
September – Optional Co-op work term or student holidays
Term 4

January - academic
May - graduation or option to move into 3 year
Aviation Safety Advanced Diploma program.

Affiliations and Associations

The Seneca College Aviation operations diploma program will prepare students to complete their Industry Canada radio licence and meet the requirements for writing the Transport Canada Dispatcher licence exams.

Note: Students must pass all Transport Canada exams, which have higher pass grades.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Aviation Management

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AER121 Aeronautics I 3
AVM121 Aviation Management I 3
AVS121 Aviation Studies I - History and Standards 3
EAC150 College English 3
ACA121 Aviation Computer Applications 3
MTH121 Mathematics 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FDP221 Flight Dispatch I 3
FLP221 Flight Planning I 3
MET321 Meteorology 3
MTH221 Mathematics 3
SMS221 Safety Management Systems I - Documentation & Implementation 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HAS321 Health and Safety 3
ASO321 Airside Operations 3
AVM321 Aviation Management II 3
ETW221 English Technical Writing 4
FPD321 Flight Planning and Dispatch 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALO421 Airline Operations 3
EPP421 Emergency Planning and Preparedness 3
SEC421 Security 3
SMS421 Safety Management System II - Quality Control and Assurance 3
TPL421 Transport Logistics - International Customs and Freight 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Sakellariou
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22802
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-De Roche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
Co-op Coordinator: Krista Lonergan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833
Program Chair: Lynne McMullen
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22176
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