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:
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.
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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.
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