David Nilson is an aircraft maintenance engineer with Transport Canada M1 and S rated licenses.
David’s experience includes maintaining, designing and manufacturing aircraft components. This includes modernizing several aircraft to increase efficiency, durability and payload through extensive modification. The subject aircraft have ranged from small single-engine aircraft, such as Cessna and Pipers, to larger commercial aircraft made by companies like Boeing, Gulfstream and General Dynamics.
He has held the position of president of a manufacturing and aircraft maintenance organization (AMO) and worked for other AMOs and aircraft operators, both small and large. This includes all aspects of structural repair and design.
David has developed an expertise in creating and operating quality management (QM) systems, creating Transport Canada approved organizations and ISO 9000.
“Continuous improvement is a theme here in our Aircraft Structures environment,” says David. “Our move to the main Dogwood campus in Campbell River has resulted in an enriched learning environment with expanded safety nets, a professional grade paint booth, excellent ventilation, lighting, dust extraction and space for everyone to work in a safe and efficient manner.”
The new technology and equipment at the Dogwood campus allows Aircraft Structures Technician program students to perform tasks demanded by the aerospace industry while working with composites and protective coatings with ease and safety, he explains.
“This facility allows us to approach the modern aerospace industry with confidence and energy,” says David. “We can provide the industry with students that have had the best possible instructional environment in the latest processes as well as the oldest, as required by Transport Canada.”