Full-time Certificate of Technical Studies 1095certts

Overview

Note: This program will not be accepting applications until further notice.

Aircraft structures technicians are responsible for the assessment, planning and implementation of aircraft structural fabrication and repairs. Structures technicians are often an integral part of repair teams including maintenance technicians, avionics technicians and professional engineers. They are expected to precisely follow aircraft fabrication, assembly, installation, and repair schemes for:

  • aluminum, titanium and stainless steel structures;
  • windscreens, windows, and lenses; as well as
  • plastics and composites.

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The Program

The program consists of 37 weeks of full-time studies. Approximately 50 per cent of the day is spent on theory discussions in a classroom setting, followed by hands-on practical training in the shops and hangar located at BCIT's state of the art Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond. The program is designed to follow a national/international set of standards and is approved by Transport Canada (TC) and the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA). Successful completion of the program will result in an experience credit of 10 months (of the 36 months) required by TC to obtain an AME S license. Successful graduation from this program may qualify you for national certification from TC and CCAA.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

The following courses are recommended for success:

Good colour vision and an interest in mechanics are recommended.

Please note: As this program is also offered to high school students, applicants who will be attending this program will be required to undergo a criminal record check. Applicants can contact their local police department to obtain the appropriate forms Please be aware that the outcome of the criminal record check may influence your acceptance into programs where high school students are in attendance.

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Note: This program will not be accepting applications until further notice.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

Application processing

Continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applications are wait-listed (first-come, first-served).

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Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Terms 1, 2 & 3: $1,268 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Tool Box Loans
A refundable deposit of $500 will be charged for a set of aviation hand tools provided by BCIT free of charge. However, if the tools are lost or damaged, their cost may be deducted from the deposit upon completion of the course. This $500 tool box loan deposit is in addition to tuition fees and must be paid in Term 1.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0800–1530, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Term 1 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVST 1100 Introduction to Aviation Structures 10.0
  AVST 1101 Metal A/C Construction 1 12.0
  AVST 1102 Metal A/C Construction 2 10.0
 
Term 2 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVST 2100 Special Processes / Practices 10.0
  AVST 2101 Composite Fabrication / Repair 12.0
  AVST 2102 Damage Assessment / Repair 1 10.0
 
Term 3 (5 weeks) Credits
  AVST 3100 Damage Assessment / Repair 2 10.0
  ZATT 0000 Attendance 0.0
 
Total Credits: 74.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

37 weeks, full-time

Grading

Minimum course passing grade is 70%. Each course has a theory component and a practical component and both components must be passed with 70%. The official transcript will show an average of both marks, with a U or F (unsatisfactory or failed) if either component is not passed.

Course Failure and Program Continuation
If you fail a course during a term, you may re-register to repeat the course. However, if your second attempt is unsuccessful, you will be prohibited from continuing the term and must seek approval from the Associate Dean in order to be re-admitted into the program.

Program location

Aerospace Technology Campus
3800 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC

Aviation attendance policy

The attendance policies for all Aviation programs differ from other BCIT programs and are regulated by Transport Canada and/or Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council.

Canadian Aviation Regulation 566 states:
"Students missing more than five per cent of the course curriculum through absence will not qualify for any credit under Transport Canada course approval, unless the lost time is made up through documented supplementary studies, which shall include theory, workshop and laboratory time, equivalent to that missed from the original program. The five per cent absence policy is intended for illness, bereavement or other circumstances beyond the individual's control."

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Aircraft structures technicians are predominately employed by major airlines and large repair, overhaul organizations, as well as specialty repair and avionics installation shops, which are generally located around major airports.

"BC Future Works for Trade and Technical Occupations" reports that faster than average employment growth is expected in this sector over the next ten years. In addition, a higher than average number of current workers in this occupation is expected to retire and will need to be replaced.

The Armed Forces are also competing to recruit skilled workers in this area. Air transportation is projected to grow and the demand for aircraft mechanics and inspectors to carry out repair and maintenance work is expected to remain high.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

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