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Aircraft Structures Technician

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 1 Year
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Study for a career as an aircraft repair or structures technician, leading up to your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license, through this program that teaches the modification and repair of aircraft, helicopters and their structural components.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $6,761
Year 1 (International): $21,864

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: a career investigation report and an interview (if requested). 

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2018 are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 until March 31, 2018.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Over 85 years of aviation

We started with our first class, Aeronautics, in 1930. And over 85 years later, we are now a leader in aviation training. In 2004 we opened the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology, Canada's most comprehensive aerospace training facility, located at the Calgary International Airport.

Program Details

Program Description 

The Aircraft Structures Technician program offers the student the knowledge and skills required to enter a career to become an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) "S". As an "S" licensed aircraft maintenance engineer, you will be responsible for the manufacture and repair of aircraft and aircraft components. The Aircraft Structures Technician program covers all the aspects of aircraft structure repair to general aviation, corporate, charter, transport category aircraft, and helicopters. Training includes traditional aluminum sheet metal structure as well as advanced composite material manufacturing and repair.

The program is two semesters in length. All classes are scheduled at the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology, located at the Calgary International Airport.

Some of the courses in this program are web-based and will require the students to access information from the Internet. These courses are delivered in one of the two computer labs available at the Art Smith Aero Centre. Students are not required to purchase a laptop for this program.

Your Career

Graduates find work as aircraft structures technicians leading to an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) ‘S' License.

  • Graduates of the Aircraft Structures Technician program have a 77% employment rate

Student Success

Most successful students spend approximately one hour each day doing homework and review, with additional study required to prepare for exams.

The material is presented at a fairly rapid rate so for the greatest level of success students must be present and take responsibility for their learning experience.

Students must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs.


Students achieving 50% or higher in each course as well as maintaining a 2.0 GPA will receive a SAIT certificate.


The program's accreditation is ongoing and subject to periodic audits from Transport Canada. To receive Transport Canada credit towards the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers "S" license, graduates who are in compliance with the required attendance (95%) and minimum marks of 70% receive 10 months credit towards the "S" Category AME license.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2018 start: applications are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 until March 31, 2018.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Six Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines.

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted by March 31 to be included in selection. 
  • You must complete the selection requirements to be considered for admission.

Selection criteria

  • Qualified applicants will receive a selection package and be required to complete a Career Investigation Report.
  • Packages will be scored based on completeness, following direction, and your Career Investigation Report.
  • If required, an interview may be requested.

Step 4: Apply to Aircraft Structures Technician and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Complete and submit the Career Investigation Report.

  • Log in to mySAIT to check your admission status. If your status indicates you're "In Selection", you will receive the career investigation package via the email you provided in your application.
  • You must submit your Career Investigation Report within two weeks of receiving it.
  • Save it in the format of LastName_FirstName_IDNumber and submit it to aviation.selection@sait.ca.
  • You must complete the Career Investigation Report to be considered for admission.

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We receive a significant number of applications for this program so the selection process can take some time. Every effort will be made to maintain the timeline above. We appreciate your patience. 

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applicants, we cannot provide any assistance or follow-up as to why the candidate was not competitive.


Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AERO-203 Aircraft Wood and Fabric Repair 1.5
AERO-204 Aircraft Windows and Lenses 1.5
AERO-207 Aerodynamics for Aircraft Structures 1.5
AERO-300 Interpretation of Aircraft Drawings 1.5
AREG-250 Introduction to Canadian Aviation Regulatory Requirements 1.5
EMTL-224 Intro to Aircraft Metallurgy 1.5
EMTL-335 Introduction to Aircraft Metal Structures 6.0
ENGN-230 Aircraft Propulsion 1.5
INSP-203 NDI Introduction for Aircraft 1.5
STDP-230 Standard Practices Lab 1.5
STDP-235 Standard Practices Theory 1.5
Semester 1 Total 21.0


Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ASYS-306 Airframe Systems Theory 1.5
EMTL-330 Aircraft Composite Structures 6.0
EMTL-336 Advanced Aircraft Metal Structures 6.0
HFAC-245 Human Factors 1.5
INSP-226 Aircraft Corrosion 1.5
PNTG-234 Aircraft Sealing 1.5
Semester 2 Total 18.0
Program Total 39.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $5,798 $440 $523 $6,761

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $20,901 $440 $523 $21,864


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books are approximately $400 for the year.
  • The required tools, personal safety equipment, and coveralls will cost approximately $850; however, prices vary depending on the quality and brand of tools chosen.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

Art Smith Aero Centre

Inspiring Stories

Micah praised the instructors in this program for being friendly, helpful and available to students when needed, while also pointing out how comprehensive the classes are.

A connection to SAIT runs in the family for Cole, whose grandfather taught here, but it was the small classes and instructors who always made themselves available that is SAIT's legacy to Cole as he moves into a career.

Micah Wagner
Aircraft Structures Technician | 2016

“They covered everything,” he says. “Instructors come from the industry and they know how it works; it was a lot of real-world experience.”

Cole Fraser
Aircraft Structures Technician | 2017

"We had everything we needed."