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Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Structures

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

A student wearing safety goggles and a white t-shirt works on an aircraft component.
Start Date:
January
Typical Length:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate

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Overview

This program offers hands-on instruction and 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 instruments and equipment.

When you graduate, you're 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 and is part of Ivany Campus.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC's Aviation Institute provides you with the opportunity to build your skills using the latest technology and to apply your learning to real aircraft.
  • You learn from faculty who bring a passion for their work, valued experience and strong industry connections.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

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.
  • 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.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

January 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Classes at Aviation Institute Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist

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.

Tuition

2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tuition (Domestic):
$9,000
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.

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 amounts on these pages 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 demand for those trained in the area of aircraft structures.
  • Graduates work for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and repair/overhaul facilities in Nova Scotia and throughout North America.
  • Learn more about labour market information. Visit Career Options

Future study options

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