Meticulous detail, integrity of the materials and the dedication of the technician make for the safety required by law for any aircraft before it leaves the ground. Damage assessment, repairs, overhaul and modifications, along with inspection of all components of the aircraft structure – inside and out – ensures they are safe to fly.
A structural repair technician’s day-to-day tasks usually involve working with tools and equipment such as drills, riveters and hydraulic presses. They may also be required to carry out repair work on composite and metal structures, as well as inspect avionics systems and components.
There is a great opportunity in this field, with just one year of investment. The emphasis in the Aircraft Structural Repair Technician program is on the structure of multiple aircraft, and how to assess, repair or replace various components. This involves using specialized equipment and techniques and gaining familiarity with a variety of materials used in the construction of aircraft (wood, fabric, sheet metal and composite materials).
You will learn to identify the stresses acting on aircraft structures to determine the urgency of repair when damaged. You will become familiar with sheet metal forming processes, materials, fasteners, and equipment. You will perform special metal treatment processes and repair forgings and extrusions as per manufacturer's specifications. Your skills will extend to applying advanced composite fabrication techniques, identifying advanced composite structural damage, completing a full damage assessment, and performing effective structural repairs as per Canadian Aviation Regulatory or aircraft manufacturer’s standards.
This program is recognized by Transport Canada and awards you credit toward the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s licence in Structural Repair. In one year, you’ll be en route to your new career! Or stay with us for another and set a course toward an occupation as Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician.
Either way, this is your entry point into the exciting aircraft repair industry. Get ready to board!
Did You Know?
- Build on this program and set a course toward an occupation as Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician
- Accredited by Transport Canada as meeting the basic training requirements for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s license category “S”
- Transport Canada grants qualified graduates a 10-month experience credit towards the 36 months required and credit for having completed the required knowledge exams
- After successful completion of this program and the required work experience, apprentices qualify to write an exam in Aircraft Maintenance Regulations to acquire an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s
- On average, the salary range in this career is about $53,000 per year, but can reach some $95,000, according to Indeed.com.
- According to international independent subject matter experts, global civil aircraft production revenues are forecasted to return to their 2019 pre-pandemic levels by 2024, one year earlier than initially forecasted.
- In 2021, the Canadian aerospace industry contributed over $24B in GDP and close to 200,000 jobs to the Canadian economy.
 Aircraft Structural Repair Technician Jobs (with Salaries) 2023 | Indeed.com Canada
Upon successful completion of this program graduates will be able to:
- Develop techniques, standards and practices of structural repair that conforms to Transport Canada guidelines for the occupation.
- Provide a broad overview of aircraft maintenance and repair functions with specific emphasis on safety practices in the industry.
- Apply safe work practices and personal protection.
- Meet the requirements to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer category "S" - Structural Repair.
- Exhibit strong and logical troubleshooting skills
- Apply related knowledge and skills to complement and support technical training
- Exhibit professional attitudes and behavior required within the aviation industry
This program is accredited by Transport Canada as meeting the basic training requirements for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s license category "S. Transport Canada also grants qualified graduates a 10-month experience credit towards the 36 months required and credit for having completed the required knowledge exams. After successful completion of this program and the required work experience, apprentices qualify to write an exam in Aircraft Maintenance Regulations to acquire an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s license.
Eligibility for admission requires the applicant to meet one of the following academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation
2. Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile). It is strongly recommended that courses include the following:
i. Mathematics 1102A, 1102B, 1102C and 2102A, 2102B, 2102C or 3102A, 3102B and 3102C
ii. Science 3101, 3102, 3103
3. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Trades
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Trades) Certificate
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, must be at least 19 years of age at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission.
International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
Note: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.
Graduates may find employment in the following areas:
• Aircraft repair stations
• Aircraft manufacturing facilities
• Composite fabricators
• Composite repair stations
• Helicopter service centers
• Helicopter overhaul facilities
• Regional and national airlines