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Aircraft Structures Technician


Quick facts

Credential:
Certificate

Duration:
42 weeks

format:
Full time, Mon - Fri

How to apply

Start date:
September, January

Location:
Abbotsford, Aerospace Centre

Cost:
$7488.88 (Details)

FEATURES:

  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Airport location allows students to go from classroom to shop floor easily, gain real-life experience, and make industry connections
  • Small class sizes: instructor/student ratio is 16:1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The UFV Aircraft Structures Technician program is offered at UFV Aerospace Centre at the Abbotsford International Airport. It is Transport Canada-approved and provides you with a thorough introduction to the aircraft repair and aircraft maintenance trade, including:

  • Manufacturing, modifying, and repairing  sheet metal parts, structures, and panels to exacting tolerances
  • Repair and overhaul of fixed-wing aircraft
  • Rotary wing (helicopter) repair and overhaul
  • Aircraft parts manufacturing
  • Composite component fabrication and repair
  • Aircraft structures assembly and modification
  • Using and interpreting manufacturers' structural repair manuals

When you graduate, you are ready to become to enter an apprenticeship as an aircraft mechanic or aircraft structures technician. After 25 months, you can apply for your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer S license (AME S license) from Transport Canada.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

Graduates are well prepared to enter the industry as aircraft structures apprentices who have experience with hands-on aircraft repair shop projects and real-life damage scenarios. The program is worth 11-months credit and allows graduates to go on to earn the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer S license (AME S license).

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • High school graduation or equivalent  (or a letter from your school stating you will graduate)
  • Successful completion of math and reading entrance exam

UPGRADING OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE IN THE WORKFORCE

If you’re currently or recently employed as a aircraft mechanic or aircraft structures technician, our upgrading program allows you to complete your certificate requirements or to become proficient in a specific process or technique.

As an upgrading aircraft structures student, you are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience, approved by the program instructor. Acceptance by Transport Canada for completion of a single module is assessed on an individual basis.

Upgrading aircraft structures technicians cannot be enrolled for more than 13 weeks or cannot displace anyone registered in an upcoming intake.This might suit you if you have attended training at UFV before, or you wish to enhance your skills by attending a course that deals specifically with sheet metal or composite repair.

QUESTIONS?

Phone: 604.847.5448
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, local 5448
Fax: 604-824-7931
Email: trades@ufv.ca
Or ask online

"We all have different learning styles and I constantly remind myself of this. What works for one student, may not be as effective for another. The solution is to involve the students in their own learning and make classroom time as fun as possible."

  • – Wally Gallinger
  •    UFV Instructor
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