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Aircraft Structures Technician

Waitlisted for Fall 2021

Open for Spring 2022

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

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There are no events scheduled for this program. Please visit the link below to see all upcoming and on-demand information sessions.

Upcoming Information Sessions

This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

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.

This 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

Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Certificate as an Aircraft Structures Technician.

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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: $8,347

Year 1 (International): $24,834

*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.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for spring 2022 open June 14, 2021 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Start date End date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022

How to apply

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 and are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14, 2021 and are accepted 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, and
  • 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 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

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $7,014 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $8,347

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $23,926 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $24,834

*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: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

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: $252
  • 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.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

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.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept.2. Watch your inbox for the time and location.
Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

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. Safety glasses and the respirator can be purchased at the Art Smith Aero Centre using credit or debit. Coveralls will be purchased through an independent vendor.  

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, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

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

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next Steps for Accepted Students

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Art Smith Aero Centre
403.284.7018
aerocentre@sait.ca

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