Be in demand. According to BC Outcomes, 100% of NIC Aircraft Structures Technician graduates surveyed from 2014-2016 were employed after graduation. Local employers, such as Sealand Aviation and Sealand Aerospace say that 70 per cent of their workforce are NIC grads and they are always looking for new, enthusiastic people. Click here to watch a news story on this booming industry.
The Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) program consists of approximately 1,150 hours of shop and classroom instruction. You will learn about the basic theory of flight, aircraft systems, construction, and Transport Canada regulatory requirements while learning to build and repair aircraft structures. You will work with sheet metal, tubular, composite, wood and fabric structures to develop a strong skills and knowledge in all aspects of aircraft sheet metal work.
Upon successful completion of the program to required standards you will receive recognition by Transport Canada for training and technical tests required for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer–Structures (AME-S) licence. You will also receive an 11-month time credit toward the three-year requirement to complete your AME-S certification.
NIC instructors and staff stay current with industry regulations and demands. As a corporate member of PAMEA, the Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association, the program works with aircraft structures engineers and professionals to represent the industry at a national level.
Qualify for high-demand jobs locally and around the world. Employment opportunities may include aircraft repair and servicing, aircraft manufacturing, composite component repair, aircraft parts manufacturing and aircraft parts technician, or gain advanced standing as an aircraft structures technician with the Canadian Forces.
An Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) develops an understanding of, and is knowledgeable in, the fabrication and repair of metal skins and structures along with the repair and installation of components made from wood, plastics and composite construction.
The program is Transport Canada approved and meets the criteria for training and examinations to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Category ‘S’ (Structures). Graduates who complete the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license are then eligible to assess, plan and undertake structural repairs of aircraft.
NIC graduates are in high demand. They are working locally, throughout BC and Canada, and as far away as Australia. Where do your dreams take you?
You may have an opportunity to complete an optional one-month work experience session (non-credit) in the field of aircraft structural repairs.
NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit. This deposit is not included in the cost of tuition and will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.
You are also responsible for obtaining the following basic supplies:
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As it is the intention that graduates of this program will work in the aerospace industry, this program will incorporate expectations governing evaluation and attendance as developed by this industry.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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