Aeronautical Telecommunication Engineering School

Flying Sch. Air Traffic Service & Comm. Sch. Aeronautical Telecomm Eng. Sch.

Aircraft Maintenance Eng. Sch.

Management Sch.

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The School trains Aeronautical Telecommunication Maintenance Engineers/Technologists in the installation and maintenance of Communications, Nav-Aids and Surveillance systems used in the aviation industry.

Organisational Structure
ATE School is structured into 4 Departments, namely:

General Electronics and Computer Studies Department (GEC)


This department conducts standard Diplomas and Certificate Courses in Aeronautical Telecommunication Engineering and short duration courses in Computer related subjects. The department is also responsible for the maintenance of computer systems in the College. 

  Nav-Aids Equipment Maintenance Department (NAV)

The department conducts maintenance courses on VHF Omni-directional Radio Range (VOR) equipment, Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and Instrument Landing System (ILS) equipment used at the airports. The department now has the capability to run courses on the new Alcatel Navigation Equipment.

  ATC Radar Equipment Maintenance Department (RAD)

This department conducts maintenance courses on various aspects of the ATC Radar equipment such as Radar Head equipment, Radar Display and Processor, Air Navigation Systems Management and Data Handling.

  The Communications Equipment Maintenance Department (CEM)

This department conducts maintenance courses on various communication systems such as HF, VHF and UHF equipment. In line with the training needs of the industry, the department has introduced Satellite Communications and Antenna Systems Maintenance Courses. The department is also responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the telephone and fax systems in the College.

  Evolution of Courses

Course delivery in the Aeronautical Telecommunication Engineering School (ATES) formerly Radio Maintenance School, started in 1967 with the 81weeks Aeronautical Radio Technician Diploma course referred to then as RE–1.


This was followed in 1968 by the Tele-printer (TTY) course TTY-1, a short course of three (3) months duration introduced to address the need to locally maintain tele-printers in the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the Federal Ministry of Transport at that time. 


The need to provide formal technical training for craftsmen already in service in CAD led to the introduction of the Basic Certificate course then called Radio Maintenance (RM) course, in 1970.


The RE course metamorphosed into Aeronautical Electronics and Telecommunication (AET) course in 1973 when the name of the School changed to Aeronautical Electronics and Telecommunication School to reflect specialized areas of training programmes in Aeronautical Telecommunication.


In the same vein, the Basic Certificate Course (RM) became Basic-AET (BAET). The Aeronautical Electronics and Telecommunication course further evolved to become Aeronautical Telecommunication Engineering (ATE) in 1994 when its scope and depth were expanded.


Similarly, in 1973, communication equipment courses that were introduced included the ISB and SSB.  As activities in the aviation industry in the Country expanded in the 70’s, complex Navigation and Surveillance facilities/systems were installed.   This change gave rise to the introduction of additional training programmes/courses in Navigation Aids Equipment Maintenance to facilitate effective performance and maintenance of these new systems. These courses include:

  Very high frequency Omni directional range                VOR
  Distance Measuring Equipment                                    DME
  Instrument Landing Systems                                          ILS
  Non Directional Beacon                                                 NDB
  Digital Techniques                                                          DGT
  Solid State Application                                                  SSA
  These courses followed the new trends in technological development in the industry.


  The Radar Systems Maintenance Courses were introduced in 1978 with the installation of the Radar Equipment. These courses include:
Digital Techniques                                                         DGT
Radar – Head Maintenance                                         RADH
Radar Processor and Display                                     RAD-P
Computer Principles                                                     COMPT – P
Radar Head Printed Circuit Board Maintenance       RAD – PCB
Radar Display Printed Circuit Maintenance               RADD – PCB
  With the turn of the century and the computerization of systems, more courses were introduced to reflect the new technological trends in the industry. These courses include: 
  Aeronautical Telecommunication Orientation and Facilities
  Computer Appreciation and Application
  Satellite Communication
  Radar – Head Refresher
  Radar – Processor and Display/Processor
  Air Navigation Systems Management 

The Air Navigation Systems Management (ANSM) Course was developed and introduced in year 2001 to address systems management needs arising from the operation and maintenance of the systems/facilities by field officers.


Presently, a new set of courses have been developed and also introduced to effectively lay the foundation for the implementation of the new Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) concept of future Air Navigation Systems.


The adoption of this CNS/ATM concept resulted in the introduction of modular short course delivery, which will lead to the licensing and certification of personnel charged with the responsibility of operating and maintaining Air Navigation Systems in Nigerian Airports.

  Courses conducted in ATE School
  The school offers ICAO standardized courses in:
Computer systems appreciation and application Computer maintenance and repairs
Aeronautical Telecommunications Engineering Diploma Communication systems maintenance
Navigation – Aids systems maintenance Surveillance systems maintenance
  Number of Students Graduated

The total number of students that have graduated from the School since inception is 1,309. The level of knowledge and skill attained on successful completion of the standard and specialized courses is in conformity with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. Majority of these graduates have distinguished themselves in their careers. Courses available, duration and fees are advertised in the yearly training schedule. Products of the School also secure lucrative jobs in other electronics and telecommunications establishments in Nigeria and beyond. 


The syllabi and course curricula are based on materials contained in the relevant ICAO training manuals, annexes and training needs of the industry which are currently being updated using the Systematized Course Planning method.  New Courses such as Computer Maintenance, Satellite Communication, Antenna Systems and Communication Systems Maintenance have been added, while the traditional courses have been broken down into modules to suit the new CNS/ATM concept.

  Training Facilities/ Equipment

The School has progressively moved to a new and enviable level, with modern training facilities/ equipment. 

  The ATE School now has a well equipped:
  Computer based Electronic Laboratory.
  Computer based Telecommunication Laboratory
  Alcatel Nav-Aids Test Instrument laboratory.
  Radar Test Instrument Laboratory.
  Future Strategic Repositioning  Plans.
  A.  Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel Licensing Program.

Designing a License Preparatory Course for the Air Traffic Safety Electronics personnel in the aviation industry.

  Adaptation of the new CNS/ATM concept
  Aggressive marketing of training programmes of the school through advertisement

B.  Establishment of Instructor Exchange Programme (IEP) with other aviation   parastatals and international aviation institutions.