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Aircraft Sheet Metal Manufacturing Technician

five-month certificate

Where: Campbell River
Starts: September
  • Learn precision sheet metal skills to build structural components, frames and skins for the repair and manufacturing of general aviation aircraft.
  • Develop a strong foundation of employable skills for work in the exciting field of aircraft manufacturing.
  • Qualify for new employment in under five months

Career possibilities: Upon graduation, you will be immediately employable as an entry-level aircraft assembler or sheet metal technician. NIC graduates work locally, throughout BC and Canada and as far away as Australia. Where do your dreams take you.


  • Practical experience. You will attend classes in a shop that is organized and run to industry standards. The emphasis is on the development of practical skills, and you will be well-prepared for entry into the workplace.
  • Great instructors. Experienced, licensed instructors work closely with the aerospace industry to ensure that NIC’s curriculum is relevant, current and comprehensive.


The five month Aircraft Sheet Metal Manufacturing Technician program will prepare you for entry-level careers in the aircraft manufacturing industry. No previous experience is necessary. You will become familiar with a wide range of topics, from aircraft systems and sheet metal fabrication to Transport Canada regulatory requirements and safe workplace practice. Shop and classroom instruction are used in combination throughout the program. Coursework includes WHIMIS and First Aid training.

Upon graduation, you will be highly employable as a sheet metal technician, or they can choose to keep learning and enter NIC's Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) program for time credit and Transport Canada certification.

Career Opportunities

The Aircraft Sheet Metal Manufacturing Technician Program is a solid option for anyone wanting a quick entry into the aerospace industry and a rewarding career building and repairing aircraft. This five  month program prepares you to manufacture the structural components, frames and skins of general aviation aircraft. You will be expected to work to exact tolerances, bending, forming, riveting, fitting and installing metal aircraft components.

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit. The deposit is not included in your tuition and will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.

You are also responsible for obtaining the following basic supplies:

• coveralls
• CSA approved safety footwear
• WCB approved safety glasses
• WCB approved Hearing protection
• painting respirator
• three- 2", three-ring binders
• pencils, pens, eraser
• fine line felt markers
• non-scientific calculator
• measuring tape – imperial

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of Provincial English 11, Communications 12, NIC ENG-052 or equivalent; or in ESL-052, ESL-055 and ESL-058, or certified CLB 8; or successful NIC English assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 10, Applications of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, NIC MAT-034, or equivalent; or successful NIC Math assessment.
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.


Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program, and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition, secondary school equivalent courses in science, physics and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality tradesperson. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning, along with good math and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.

Program Requirements

  • ASM-100 Program Orientation & Workshop Safety
  • ASM-101 Regulation, Documentation & Technical Information
  • ASM-102 Structural Materials & Heat Treatment
  • ASM-104 Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • ASM-106 Sheet Metal Repairs & Damage Assessment
  • ASM-107 Surface Preparation & Corrosion Control
  • ASM-115 Human Factors
  • ASM-123 Tools & Equipment
  • ASM-125 Standard & Special Fastener Identification & Installation
  • ASM-129 Aircraft Systems, Structures & Designs

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $1,615
NISU Fees $75
Lab Fees $120
Books $615
Learner Resource $90
Total $2,515

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $7,570
NISU Fees $65
Lab Fees $120
Books $615
Learner Resource $90
Total $8,460
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).

David Nilson

David Nilson
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9793

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