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Aviation Operations

Available: Fall

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.

Areas of Study

Areas of study include aviation standards, history and regulations, aviation management, 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.

Diploma Structure
Year 1
Term 1 September: Semester 1
Term 2 January: Semester 2
Term 3 May: Semester 3
Year 2
September: Work-Integrated Learning or one semester break.
Term 4 January: Semester 4
May: Graduation or option to move into 3 year
Aviation Safety Advanced Diploma program.



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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. You'll also develop valuable professional skills such as communication, leadership, decision making and problem solving.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Co-op

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional co-op work term(s) in a formal work environment. In most cases the work term(s) is a full-time paid position completed between two academic semesters. In programs with limited co-op opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional co-op stream regardless of success in securing a work position.


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.

Related Careers

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U)
  • 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).


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

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Savik Ramkay 416.491.5050 ext. 22049

Program Chair

Tony Appels 416.491.5050 ext. 44241

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network