IMP Academy

Launching Your Career in Aerospace

IMP Academy is where careers take off for those interested in the aviation industry!

Running simultaneously at IMP Aerospace in Enfield, Nova Scotia, and Cascade Aerospace in Abbotsford, British Columbia, IMP Academy combines classroom work and on-the-job training with experienced professionals.

Two programs are offered by IMP Academy: Introduction to Aerospace Skilled Trades and Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Program.

Introduction to Aerospace Skilled Trades

IMP Academy offers the ability to earn a variety of transferable certificates while testing your skills and learning about aviation through our Intro to Aerospace Skilled Trades Program. This program is a 4-week program that covers the three main trades in the aerospace industry, Mechanics, Avionics, and Structures.

This program includes approximately 120 hours in classroom training and 30 hours in practical/hands-on training.

This program is currently being offered with no tuition or textbook fees for all students.

Aviation training, as well as transferrable workplace skills are covered within this program. Safety certifications gained within this program include mobile elevated work platform, confined space, fall protection, and WHMIS.

The Introduction to Aerospace Skilled Trades Student will attend a voluntary 4-week introduction program held at one of the two IMP Academy campuses to discover in-demand careers in the aviation industry. This is an opportunity to sample a career in the aviation industry, without any formal education required. Students are eligible to receive a completion certificate as well as specific safety certifications contained within this program.

This program is aimed at those who are new to the aerospace industry and provides a great starting point for anyone interested in the aerospace trade. Upon completion, program graduates may apply to complete the 4-year work/learn apprenticeship program with no tuition fees, plus be hired into a role at IMP Aerospace & Defence for on-the-job training (OJT).

Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Program

IMP Academy is offering a 4-year work/learn apprenticeship program for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, especially for those who have successfully completed the Intro to Aerospace Skilled Trades Program or those who possess equivalent skills and knowledge.

This program is currently being offered with no tuition or textbook fees for all apprentices.

An Aircraft Maintenance Technician means a person who performs inspections and troubleshooting of an aircraft, including airframe structures, engines and aircraft systems, disassembles and removes defective parts, assembles and installs replacement parts, interprets technical manuals, drawings and blueprints, tests aircraft systems, records problems and actions taken to rectify them, and maintains an accurate statement of the maintenance history of the aircraft.

IMP Academy apprentices will complete this Transport Canada accepted basic training program over a 4-year span, with the classroom and practical training completed in segments, followed by paid on the job training (OJT) work experience that will work towards completing the logbook hours required for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licensing throughout the 4 Levels of trades training.

Once the trades training has been completed, IMP Academy will continue working with the apprentice towards obtaining their AME-M license issued by Transport Canada where possible.

The Aircraft Maintenance Technician course curriculum used by IMP Aerospace & Defence meets the intent of the Standard 566 Appendix C of the Airworthiness Manual (AWM) of Transport Canada for AMEs. Applicants graduating from this program must successfully complete the applicable technical examinations as part of obtaining a Canadian AME-M license.

Application Process

Students are requested to have the following requirements before applying to IMP Academy:

  • English:
  • English Studies 12 (50%) or
  • English First Peoples 12 (50%) or
  • Acceptable equivalent high school course or
  • 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities, or social sciences (50%) from a recognized institution
  • Math: One of the following
  • Pre-Calculus 11 (60%) or
  • Foundations of Math 11 (60%) or
  • Workplace Math 11 (60%) or
  • Algebra 11 (60%) or
  • Trade Mathematics 11 (60%)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain required security clearances from the Canadian government.

The following are also recommended for success in this program:

  • General Mechanics 11, Automotive Mechanics 11, Science and Technology 11, Technical Education 11, or Physics 11
  • Strong interpersonal skills and work well in a team
  • An interest in mechanics
  • Courses in Aircraft Maintenance offered by the Air Cadets are helpful in preparing students for the program.

To ask any questions regarding IMP Academy, email .

Ready for your aerospace career to take off? Send a copy of your resume, transcript, and a brief description to help us learn more about you and why you’re interested in this program to: