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Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S)

10-month certificate

Where: Campbell River
Starts: September
  • Develop technical skills to work in the field of aircraft structures.
  • In 10 months, receive recognition from Transport Canada for 11 months of credit toward the 36 months of training required for your AME-S license.
  • Receive recognition from Transport Canada for formal training and two technical tests required for the AME-S licence. 

Be in demand. According to BC Outcomes, 100% of NIC Aircraft Structures Technician graduates surveyed from 2014-2016 were employed after graduation. Local employers, such as Sealand Aviation and Sealand Aerospace say that 70 per cent of their workforce are NIC grads and they are always looking for new, enthusiastic people. Click here to watch a news story on this booming industry.


  • 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.
  • Exposure to industry. You will have the opportunity to interact with employers and industry to learn the requirements to work in the sector.
  • Great instructors. Experienced, licensed instructors work closely with the aerospace industry to ensure that NIC’s curriculum is relevant, current and comprehensive.
  • Want to go further? As a graduate, you'll receive recognition by Transport Canada for formal training and the technical tests required for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer-Structure (AME-S) licence, plus 11 months of credit toward the 36 months of training required to complete your AME-S certification.


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) licence. 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.

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit. This deposit is not included in the cost of 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-103 Tools & Equipment
  • ASM-104 Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • ASM-105 Standard & Special Fastener Identification & Installation
  • ASM-106 Sheet Metal Repairs & Damage Assessment
  • ASM-107 Surface Preparation & Corrosion Control
  • ASM-108 Fluid Lines & Conduits
  • ASM-109 Aircraft Systems, Structures & Designs
  • ASM-110 Composite Repairs & Fabrication
  • ASM-111 Tubular Repairs (Welding Excluded)
  • ASM-112 Wood Structure & Repair
  • ASM-113 Fabric Repairs
  • ASM-114 Thermoplastics
  • ASM-115 Human Factors

Completion Requirements

As it is the intention that graduates of this program will work in the aerospace industry, this program will incorporate expectations governing evaluation and attendance as developed by this industry.

  1. All theoretical and practical post examination reviews will be conducted and corrected to 100% with the intent of demonstrated competency in each subject area.
  2. Post examinations will be applied to that portion of a topic where a student has achieved less than 70%. Regular and consistent attendance is mandatory.

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 $2,910
NISU Fees $135
Lab Fees $235
Books $615
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,325

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $13,625
NISU Fees $135
Lab Fees $235
Books $615
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $15,040
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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