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An Aircraft Structural Technician fabricates aircraft parts and components to drawing specifications. They then install completed components in aircraft and inspect and verify the operation of those components using test and measuring equipment as required. They may rework and/or replace components that are damaged or malfunctioning.
Specifically, an Aircraft Structural Technician selects, measures, shears, cuts, bends, forms, heat treats, seals, fits, inspects, paints and refinishes during fabrication. They may drill, countersink, dimple, ream and tap holes for bolting, or install screws, rivets and special fasteners. In addition, the Technician assembles parts and components and sub-assemblies, using special jigs and fixtures.
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The following education is recommended: Grade 12 or equivalent, including Math 12; English 12; Science 12.
The Apprenticeship Program is comprised of Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 4 weeks (120 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,720 hours of work-based training.
NOTE: Effective March 31, 2012, the Industry Training Authority suspended a Certificate of Qualification for this program. This credential is suspended during review and re-structuring.