The aviation industry is projecting high-demands for pilots in coming years. As an indication of the high-caliber of education at the University of Waterloo, several partnerships have been established with operators that allow for an expedited pathway from graduation to an airline pilot position. We will continue to build and strengthen our relationship with the industry to innovate and redefine aviation excellence in Canada and beyond.
Sunwing Cadet Program
In 2016 the University of Waterloo partnered with Sunwing Airlines to launch an innovative pilot cadet program. After graduating from the university and completing flight training at Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) (250 hours of total flying time), cadets are directly hired by Sunwing and begin intense training on the Boeing 737 aircraft. Approximately 6 months after graduation, cadets are fully-qualified first officers within the airline actively flying the line (transporting passengers in normal operations).
Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (APP)
In 2017 we were proud to become a part of the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program. This program offers two prestigious financial scholarships (PDF) to senior aviation students, as well as the opportunity for top-performing graduates to transition to first officer positions within Jazz. The top-graduates selected for the Jazz APP have the opportunity to be hired directly with a minimum of 250 hours total flying time and successful completion of the Intermediate Airline Transport Rating (IATRA) written exams. All UWaterloo graduates benefit from this program because, as a partner institution, other graduates (not directly accepted into the Jazz APP) are permitted into the hiring process with 1000 hours total flying time, 250 hours multi-engine time, and the IATRA or Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) exam(s) completed.
Through UWaterloo’s partnership with WWFC, graduates have access to the Destination Porter program. This program pairs young pilots with an experienced pilot mentor to guide their career development. Once the candidate has accumulated between 1,000 and 1,500 hours (with IATRA/ATPL exams completed) they will be placed in the interview pool for a First Officer position. Requirements include no fails on a Transport Canada flight test, no failed university courses, recommendation from school, high professionalism demonstrated at flight school, strong work ethic and self-discipline, and eligible to work in Canada.