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Engine parts (and smarts) at YVR

Did you know that there are more than 30,000 parts in an aircraft engine? It takes a lot of time – and a lot of very, very smart people – to maintain the engines that put (and keep safe) aircraft passengers in the sky.

And the largest independent provider of commercial engine maintenance services in the world is doing just that here on YVR’s Sea Island home. Cool, huh?

MTU Maintenance’s Canadian affiliate employs more than 300 people at YVR to overhaul the 60 aircraft engines that visit its shops every year. The job is a critical component to aviation, and having MTU Maintenance Canada located right here at YVR is a significant boost to local job creation.

It’s why we’re so excited to spread the news that MTU has expanded and opened a new Accessory Repair Centre in a warehouse space on Sea Island that was home to the Sea Island Remote Terminal (SIRT) during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The 35,000-square-foot facility has been substantially modified from when it facilitated thousands of Olympic passengers in 2010, and now provides a one-stop maintenance service home for accessory repairs. The repair centre supports MTU’s own engine shop, located on Russ Baker Way, and features a state-of-the-art fuel control test stand. Also located at YVR is MTU’s test-cell facility, where engines are run up and tested in a fully-calibrated room as a last line of quality assurance. 


  • People employed at YVR by MTU: 300
  • Engines overhauled every year: 60
  • Hours to prep engine for test-cell: 10
  • Days to overhaul an aircraft engine: 60
  • Parts in an aircraft engine: 30,000
  • Cost of average engine overhaul: $1.5-$2 million

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