Over the next 20 years, approximately half of the world's air-traffic growth will be connected to or within the Asia Pacific region.
As the preferred gateway to the Asia Pacific and a major hub for Canada’s growing aerospace industry, the Vancouver area is ideally located to take advantage of this increase in air traffic.
This is a promising time to enter the aerospace industry in B.C. and become an aircraft structures technician.
With an Aircraft Structures Technician certificate from UFV, you are equipped to start your career, working for national or regional airlines, air transport companies, or aircraft and part manufacturers.
You learn the latest techniques in aircraft repair and maintenance at the UFV Aerospace Centre, located at the Abbotsford Airport. In this ideal setting, you have ample opportunities to get hands-on, applied experience under the supervision of knowledgeable instructors and to make industry contacts.
Once you complete our Transport Canada-approved training, you are qualified to start your career as an aircraft structures apprentice and go on to earn your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer S license (AME S license).
The aerospace industry in British Columbia is poised to take advantage of two trends that will affect employment prospects for aircraft structures technicians.
First, aircraft fleets are aging worldwide. These older aircrafts require ongoing maintenance, upgrades, and retrofits in order to keep up with safety regulations. Secondly, the BC Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is developing incentives to make it more attractive for foreign carriers to travel through and operate out of B.C., with the goal of generating a 40 per cent increase in passenger traffic and a 70 per cent increase in cargo tonnage through Vancouver by 2020.
Furthermore, the industry will see an influx of older workers entering retirement. These factors are expected to create more opportunities in the field than there has been in the last two decades.
In fact, KF Aerospace, an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) with facilities in Kelowna, B.C., and Hamilton, Ont., is expecting a shortage of 40 Aircraft Structures staff, which they hope to fill in mid-2018 by hiring from UFV's newly graduated Aircraft Structures Technician class.