Aeronautical Telecomm Engineers

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.


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