Cessna Citation II cockpit including Collins ProLine 21 big-screen EFIS and Avionics Systems, ACASS and TAWS.

Mid Canada Mod Center


Media Announcement


Date:                March 25, 2014

Subject:          MC2 gives back with Centennial College in shaping future avionics techs

For Immediate Publication


Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) are pleased to announce that they are working co-operatively with Centennial College Toronto Ontario (Canada) in providing first hand experience to avionics students through a job-shadowing programme.

Centennial’s Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance programme is offered under the college’s School of Transportation and is a full Ontario College Diploma Post-secondary program lasting 2 years/ 4 semesters. This programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to start their career as an aircraft maintenance engineer. The program is Transport Canada (TC) accredited for experience and exam credit towards the issuance of an AME license; and is accredited by the Canadian Council of Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) as meeting the national occupational standard for avionics maintenance training. 

A creative and forward thinking part of the course of study involves students going into the “field” and gaining experience by shadowing avionics technicians who currently work for service providers in the industry. As case in point, two of Centennial’s students are currently “shadowing” at MC2 once a week from February through to April. During this work experience, the students are given the opportunity to become part of a professional avionics maintenance operation and get a real taste for the job. While every such opportunity has its own agenda, MC2 ensures that their assigned students do more than simply observe.

According to Bill Arsenault – VP of MC2, “We believe the best experience is by actually doing something – not just observing. And I feel strongly about working with the education community to help our future possible employees. When the Centennial Avionics students come to us each day, we make sure they participate with us in different aspects of the job and gain hands-on, fully supervised experience. Our team is more than happy to share their knowledge and offer the chance to take the theories garnered from the classroom and see how to apply them in the real-time aviation environment. I feel this approach will bring us the opportunity to hire good people down the road who know us and vise versa. It’s also good to be giving back – even with a small gesture like this. We really enjoy having the students with us. ”

"We are grateful to each of our participating industry partners for their continued support of the program in making these opportunities possible.” States Lan Wong – the Centennial College faculty member responsible for the job-shadowing program for all avionics students. “It is an extremely important first step for our students into the industry, allowing them to gain valuable real world experience as part of their training. Mid-Canada Mod Centre has been incredibly supportive in offering job-shadowing placements to selected senior avionics students year after year, and their genuine interest in expanding the scope of training for our students is invaluable. These are busy people in this industry who continuously invest their time and resources in building a strong aviation community by reaching out to students, and they make a very real difference."

About the college:

Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming a

nd extensive partnership building.

About MC2 . . .

MC2 has been in business since 1996 (AMO #59-97). Their primary focus is in providing industry leading avionics expertise to the corporate and 2nd tier commercial aviation markets. MC2 specialties include ADS-B, FANS, WAAS FMS with LPV, cabin entertainment and communication systems including the latest in Satcom, Wi-Fi applications and cockpit redesign/modernization. They are also experts in TCAS, EGPWS, TAWS, RVSM and EFB applications.

Located in the North End Business Aviation area of Lester B Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) - CYYZ, the MC2 facilities are easily accessed by air or road, fully secure and central to many other related aviation support providers. They also provide 24/7 AOG service.

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Please feel welcome to contact Bill Arsenault at Mid-Canada Mod Center. By telephone at (905) 673-9918 or email at bill@midcanada.com.

For a high resolution copy of the photos please contact Rob Seaman – rseaman@bizav.ca