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    Aviation Safety

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:ASE
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

The Aviation Safety Ontario Advanced Diploma program educates students in a range of areas relevant to the aviation industry. You’ll learn Canadian aviation industry regulations, as well as business, leadership and technical skills required to implement policies and procedures.

This program will prepare you for employment in Aviation Safety. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in a variety of aviation companies including the airlines, flight schools, charter companies, airports and insurance companies.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze and modify existing operating and safety procedures while working within Canadian and international regulations and regulatory bodies related to aviation.
  • Operate, maintain and administer airports in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Apply principles of management in administering air terminals and air carrier fleets, including cargo.
  • Manage all servicing and maintenance requirements of aircraft for safe and efficient operation of air carrier fleets.
  • Apply accounting and finance principles to prepare and follow budgets, do cost analysis, and effectively work with leases and contracts.
  • Systematize the safe and effective handling and transportation of hazardous materials.
  • Employ skills in decision making, problem solving and human relations consistent with a junior management position.
  • Communicate on a radio in accordance with the appropriate Industry Canada guidelines, including the successful obtainment of a Restricted Radiotelephone Operators Certificate.
  • Develop accident and emergency response procedures for an aviation operation.
  • Critically analyze the security systems available to respond to the security threats faced by the Canadian civil aviation industry.
  • Perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and emergency first aid according to recognized industry standards of expertise.
  • Describe the design and control of Canadian airspace, the principles of meteorology and the navigational systems and aids used in aviation.
  • Develop a safety management system ensuring the application of regulatory requirements.
  • Acquire and manage data for administration of a safety management system.
  • Develop and implement a safety reporting system.
  • Identify and forecast risks, and implement proper solutions to these risks by utilizing data and trending analysis.
  • Select and apply proper auditing techniques in an aviation operation.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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

Gain an employment advantage in the increasingly complex and competitive aviation industry. If you are an aspiring pilot or aviation manager, our Aviation Safety program will focus your skills on operational areas such as meteorology, flight planning and dispatch, emergency planning, accident investigation, and safety management. As a student, you’ll also develop valuable professional skills such as communication, leadership, decision making, and problem solving – all of which are as important in the cockpit as they are in the boardroom.

Areas of Study

Courses include Risk Assessment and Analysis, Trending Analysis and Flight Data Analysis, Incident Reviews and Investigations, Auditing Functions, Human Factors, Database Management, and Safety Management System Development and Implementation as well as Database Management. Courses in mathematics, communications and liberal arts will also round out your skills and help you to make meaningful contributions to the aviation industry.

Affiliations and Associations

The Seneca College Aviation Safety 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.

Co-operative Education

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

For further information about the co–op programs, please refer to

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
Term 5: May - academic
Year 3
September - Optional co-op work term or student holidays
Term 6: January - academic

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 System I - Documentation and 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
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AVM521 Aviation Management III 3
DDM521 Database Development and Management 3
HUM521 Human and Organizational Factors 3
INS521 Aviation Insurance I 3
MTH521 Mathematics III - Statistics 3
SMS521 Safety Management Systems III Program Development 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AII621 Accident and Incident Investigation 3
AVP621 Aviation Project Course 3
HAS621 Health and Safety 3
PPM621 Project and Finance Management in Aviation 3
SAF621 Operational Safety Industry Studies 3
SMS621 Safety Management IV: Risk Assessment 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. 62833
Program Chair: Lynne McMullen
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22176
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