An Aircraft Structures Technician is one of the key members of the air maintenance team that handles, services and maintains aircraft and associated equipment. This job is critical to aviation safety and quality maintenance as aircrews depend on your skills to keep them safe.
The Aircraft Structures Technician's job is to keep the aircraft in perfect flying condition by constructing and repairing metal and composite parts of an aircraft's fuselage, wings and control surfaces, which include machining, painting, welding and refinishing. You will also be expected to follow aircraft fabrication and repair schemes with surgical precision for aluminum, titanium and stainless steel structures, as well as plastics and composites. If you enjoy working with tools, machines and state-of-the-art equipment, and you have stamina and are able to master new procedures quickly, this profession might be for you.
As a successful Aircraft Structures Technician, you will need a high school diploma and additional training at a certified college or training facility. See the College and University section for more information.
You can become certified by the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC)* as an Aircraft Structures Technicians and find rewarding careers with airlines, maintenance and overhaul companies, aircraft manufacturers and aerospace organizations. This trade is a pre-requisite to becoming an Aviation Maintenance Engineer (AME)(S), which is a Transport Canada licensed trade.