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Aircraft Structures Technician

Open for Fall 2021

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more

Overview

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.

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 online. These courses are delivered in one of the two computer labs available at the Art Smith Aero Centre.

Is this the right fit for me?

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.

Accreditation

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.

Credential

Students who complete all courses by achieving 50% or higher as well as maintaining a 2.0 GPA will receive a SAIT Aircraft Structures Technician certificate.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • aircraft structures technician 
  • aircraft maintenance engineer (AME)* 

* Upon completion of their AME “S” license. 

Related careers include: 

  • aerospace engineer 
  • avionics technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,599

Year 1 (International): $24,581

Year 1: TBA 

Year 1 (International): $24,814

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: four-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: Apply and submit your  transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.   

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

Step 4: Log in to  mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your  application status

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

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. 

Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
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 code Course name Credit
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

Progression

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. 

Costs

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 6,377 $682 $288 $252 $7,599

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $23,268 $682 $288 $344 $24,581

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $23,501 $682 $288 $344 $24,814

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books are approximately $400 for the year.
  • The required tools and personal safety equipment 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.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

A tool list and timeline for purchasing the items will be provided at orientation.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

Students will require coveralls, safety glasses and a respirator. 

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during orientation, where you can purchase these items using debit or credit. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.7018
Email: aerocentre@sait.ca

Academic chair

Stephanie Hogewoning, Academic Chair
Email:  stephanie.hogewoning@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Art Smith Aero Centre
403.284.7018
aerocentre@sait.ca

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