January 30, 2024

Britton Coulson, Coulson Aviation President and COO

PORT ALBERNICoulson Aviation has received Transport Canada Approved Training Organization (ATO) approval, making it the first aviation company approved to provide training in aircraft structures.

Coulson’s ATO allows the company to train students toward their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Structures (AME-S) license at no cost to the student. The AME-S course covers sheet metal, composite, wood, and fabric structures, and graduates of the program can also expand their license into the FAA by taking a written exam.

“This approval is a huge milestone and tremendously valuable to Coulson, allowing us to hire, train, and educate hand-selected team members,” says Coulson Aviation President and COO Britton Coulson. “By going through their schooling and apprenticeship here at Coulson, working alongside licensed team members on actual aircraft and projects, they become much more well-rounded technicians. As Coulson continues to grow, we see this re-investment in future technicians as a path to sustainably maintain a well-trained and dedicated workforce.”

There is no required tuition to attend the course. The student remains on the Coulson payroll while attending school and can further supplement their income by working for the company outside of schooling hours. Coulson guarantees a full-time position to every student who completes the school portion, offering a path through apprenticeship to a full AME-S license.

“Typical ATO schools require students to pay to attend training,” Coulson says. “We pay our students to attend our school, just like any other employee. In return, we expect an ultra-high standard of attendance, performance, and attitude. That is why they are all hand-picked to join this elite program.”

By Mark MacDonald

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