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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Structures

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Structures

Develop skills to inspect, disassemble and reassemble aircraft structures and to repair and replace components of aircraft frames.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$9,000 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Aviation Institute • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


This program offers hands-on instruction, and in conjunction with the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Mechanical program, uses actual aircraft to develop skills for the repair and maintenance of airframes and associated systems for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.

You acquire skills in the area of aircraft metal and composite assembly and repair. These skills are essential to the maintenance, repair, overhaul, inspection and testing of aircraft structural systems. You're trained in the use and maintenance of hand tools, as well as sophisticated and specialized tools and equipment.

When you graduate, you'll be able to assess damage and corrosion of aircraft structures and repair, replace and modify sheet metal, fabric surfaces and composite and wood structures.

This program is located at NSCC's Aviation Institute (Dartmouth Gate) and is part of Ivany Campus.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 11 Math.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • The increased use of composite materials in the construction of aircraft has created high value and demand for workers who are trained particularly in the area of aircraft structures.
  • Various airlines, aircraft manufacturers and repair/overhaul facilities in Nova Scotia and throughout North America.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

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Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • The Aviation Institute attendance policy conforms to Transport Canada policy for Approved Training Organizations. To preserve a high standard of maintenance and flight safety, students who miss more than five per cent of the program through absences will not qualify for the experience credit.
  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (including fuels, hydraulic fluids and other chemical compound products) are commonly used by Structures Technicians.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AMEG 1600   Workplace Safety
AMEG 1601   Human Factors
AMEG 1602   Canadian Aviation Regulations
AMEG 1603   Publications
AMES 1101   Mathematics
AMES 1106   Aircraft Systems
AMES 1112   Aerodynamics, Aircraft Components and Functions
AMES 1113   Tools and Materials
AMES 1201   Fastener Installation
AMES 1202   Assembly
AMES 1205   Structural Damage Assessment
AMES 1206   Sheet Metal Repairs
AMES 1207   Sheet Metal Fabrication
AMES 1208   Corrosion
AMES 1209   Aircraft Drawing Interpretation
AMES 1300   Composite Repairs
AMES 1301   Composite Fabrication
AMES 1304   Fluid Lines and Conduits
AMES 1305   Windows and Lenses
AMES 1306   Tubular Structure
AMES 1312   Wood and Fabric Structures
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

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