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What will I learn?

The Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) program consists of approximately 1,150 hours of shop and classroom instruction. You will learn about the basic theory of flight, aircraft systems, construction, and Transport Canada regulatory requirements while learning to build and repair aircraft structures. You will work with sheet metal, tubular, composite, wood and fabric structures to develop a strong skills and knowledge in all aspects of aircraft sheet metal work.

Upon successful completion of the program to required standards you will receive recognition by Transport Canada for training and technical tests required for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer–Structures (AME-S) license. You will also receive an 11-month time credit toward the three-year requirement to complete your AME-S certification.

NIC instructors and staff stay current with industry regulations and demands. As a corporate member of PAMEA, the Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association, the program works with aircraft structures engineers and professionals to represent the industry at a national level.

Career Opportunities

Qualify for high-demand jobs locally and around the world. Employment opportunities may include aircraft repair and servicing, aircraft manufacturing, composite component repair, aircraft parts manufacturing and aircraft parts technician, or gain advanced standing as an aircraft structures technician with the Canadian Forces.

An Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) develops an understanding of, and is knowledgeable in, the fabrication and repair of metal skins and structures along with the repair and installation of components made from wood, plastics and composite construction.

The program is Transport Canada approved and meets the criteria for training and examinations to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Category ‘S’ (Structures). Graduates who complete the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license are then eligible to assess, plan and undertake structural repairs of aircraft.

NIC graduates are in high demand. They are working locally, throughout BC and Canada, and as far away as Australia. Where do your dreams take you?

Work Experience:

You may have an opportunity to complete an optional one-month work experience session (non-credit) in the field of aircraft structural repairs.

Which department am I in?

Campbell River Campus

Study options

Full Time (40 weeks)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,185.00 (US$ 11,147) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Campbell River Campus

1685 South Dogwood Street,

CAMPBELL RIVER,

British Columbia (BC),

V9W 8C1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study. Consideration may be given for younger students who have completed high school. To meet the English language requirement for academic programs, students must have completed: BC English 12 or BC English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C; or Entrance through the NIC English Language program – obtaining a C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095 Or one of the following: Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5). Students who do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing will be required to take English 104. TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19; TOEFL 550; CAEL 60 and writing 60 and PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46.

For international students

Students must be 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study. Consideration may be given for younger students who have completed high school and meet all other admission requirements.

High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

To meet the English language requirement for academic programs, students must have completed:

BC English 12 or BC English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C; or

Entrance through the NIC English Language program – obtaining a C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095.

The minimum standards on one of the following English language proficiency results outlined below, achieved within the last two years:

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5). Students who do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing will be required to take English 104.

TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19

TOEFL 550 (Code 8538)

CAEL 60 and writing 60

PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46; or

Equivalency as determined by North Island College Admissions Department.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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