College of Naka-nippon Aviation [CNA]

The College of Naka-nippon Aviation (CNA) is fully accredited by the Japanese Government (Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) as an officially recognized training institution for aviation professionals.

Aviation Maintenance Engineering Department
(3-year program)
Aircraft Production Engineering Department
(3-year program)
Airport Service Department
(2-year program)

Potential Qualifications at a Glance

Qualify to Take National Examination for:


The College of Naka-nippon Aviation (CNA) is one of the largest colleges in the aviation field of Japan, where high school graduates are trained before they start a career in the aviation industry. CNA is located in the center of Japan, home to many major Japanese aviation and automobile industries. The school was established in 1970 and now it has three programs of study; the Aviation Maintenance Engineering Program, the Aircraft Engineering Production Program, and the Airport Service Program. CNA has more than 10,000 alumni working in the Japanese aerospace industry.
CNA offers the best value in aviation training programs for those who are serious about an aviation career. The staff members at CNA are committed to students achieving their personal and employment-related goals by providing high-quality vocational training, a solid academic education and a wide variety of support services. Students can select one of three programs in the Aviation Departments as shown below.

Objectives and Features

"We take pride in building great people, not just great technicians" is the CNA's college motto for educating our students. We work tirelessly at instilling an ethical attitude in our educational program to ensure that our graduates are equipped with the proper knowledge, technical ability and integrity of character to find and maintain a fulfilling and rewarding career within the aviation industry.
In accordance with this motto, faculty members of CNA provide students with a special curriculum including human relations. This educational policy is highly regarded by the Japanese aerospace industry when they employ our graduates.
Students can study by using practical training systems and facilities, such as the Beechcraft airplanes and Bell helicopters, flight simulators, CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) systems, NDI (Non-Destructive Inspection) facilities, an autoclave facility, 3-axis/5-axis NC (Numerical Control) machines and various types of airport ground service vehicles. Faculty members, who are experts in the aerospace industry, teach students cutting edge techniques using state-of-the-art training systems and facilities.

Course Description

Aviation Maintenance Engineering Department

This program is based on practical, "hands-on" teaching, using actual aircrafts, many training aids and computers by experienced teachers. After 6 months of fundamental training courses, students enter one of four specialized classes, depending on their career goals and the results of their studies.

  1. Aircraft Line Maintenance Mechanic Class "1" (specifically for Boeing 767's)
  2. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Class "2" (specifically for turbine airplanes)
  3. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Class "2" (specifically for piston airplanes)
  4. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Class "2" (specifically for helicopters)
  5. Aircraft Line Maintenance Mechanic Class "2" (specifically for airplanes)
  6. Avionic Course

The Aviation Maintenance Engineering Department at CNA is an educational institute accredited by the Japanese Government (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) which grants the following national licenses: 1) Aircraft Line Maintenance Mechanic Class "1" License (specifically for Boeing 767's), 2) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Class License "2" (specifically for airplanes and helicopters) and 3) Aircraft Line Maintenance Mechanic Class "2" License (specifically for airplanes) upon graduation.
With regards to the Aircraft Line Maintenance Mechanic Class "1" in their 3rd year of study, each student joins an internship program with a major Japanese carrier of their choice, such as Japan Airlines (JAL) or All Nippon Airways (ANA) in order to acquire knowledge and skills on large aircraft (Boeing 767). Since CNA has already established close relationships with these and other carriers, this can be a great benefit for the students at CNA to have the opportunity to obtain a national license as an aircraft maintenance technician prior to working in the aviation industry.
With regards to the Avionic Course, using the autopilot, avionics and microcomputers as core teaching aids, this course instructs students in the fundamentals of electrical engineering, electronics and mechanical electronics, such as robotics. Senior students can choose a subject for their graduation research with the assistance of faculty members. In order to enhance the teaching facilities, a flight simulator has recently been added to the training equipment.

Aircraft Production Engineering Department

The curriculums reflect the needs of aircraft manufacturing companies. Upon graduating, CNA students are regarded by industry members to be well educated / highly trained employees.
In this department, students learn the state of art knowledge and techniques of mechanical engineering, aircraft design, aircraft production, production process control and quality control, using CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing), Autoclave facility for manufacturing composite parts , NDI (Non-Destructive Inspection) facility. Students also learn how to build airplanes using the US imported experimental type aircraft kit (RV-4).

Airport Service Department

The Program consists of two courses to study the Ground Handling Course and the Airline Business Course.
In each course, students learn to become a specialist for all kinds of airport support services; ticketing service agents, international air cargo operators and licensed custom clearance agents in the airfreight business. Students can obtain a license for international cargo handling agent (IATA-authorized diploma) upon graduation. The Program has a practical, "hands-on" training format using many training aids with the assistance of experienced and skilled instructors. The Airport Service Program's curriculum consists of materials covering both the airport internship as well as the business knowledge base.

Overseas Training By Affiliated Schools

In addition to the three departments mentioned above, CNA has an overseas aviation course where CNA graduates can continue studying at the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology (SCAT) and South Seattle Community College (SSCC) in the United States. Students can select either an FAA-licensed Pilot course or an FAA-licensed Aviation Maintenance Technician course at these U.S. schools.
CNA launched a short-term overseas education program for the undergraduate students as well. The purpose of the program is to provide CNA students with a chance of learning English and aviation maintenance practices in the US aviation college. Students visit Boeing factory and other aviation related facilities in the Seattle area.
These programs enable them to broaden their views to the outside world and improve their English skills in the global world as well.

Employment Data

(Air Service and Maintenance Companies)

JAL Engineering, ANA Line Maintenance Technics, ANA Base Maintenance Technics, ANA Component Technics, Fuji Dream Airlines, MRO Japan, Peach Aviation, IBEX Airlines, Star Flyer, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Nakanihon Air Service, Aero Asahi, TOHO AIR SERVICE, ALL NIPPON HELICOPTER, Shin Nihon Helicopter, and others.

(Aviation Design, Manufacture and Repair Companies)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kawaju Akashi Engineering, IHI,, IHI AEROSPACE, IHI Transport Machinery, Yamaha Motor, ShinMaywa Industries, JAMCO, Nippi,ANA Systems, MITSUBISHI PRECISION, NEC Network and Sensor Systems, Hitachi Construction Machinery Japan, Takeda Design and Manufacturing, Nagoya Quality Assurance Technology, and others.

(Airport Support)