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Aircraft Structures Technician

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

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

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

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: $7,599

Year 1 (International): $24,698

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

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Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until June 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Spring 2021 May 10, 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.

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. 

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 100% 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.

Credentials and accreditation

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.

Contact

Have questions about this specific program?

Art Smith Aero Centre
403.284.7018
aerocentre@sait.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

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

View additional Aircraft Structures Technician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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

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

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $23,268 $682 $288 $460 $24,698

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: $460
  • 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 date

Friday, Sept. 4

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 Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.7018
Email: aerocentre@sait.ca

Academic chair

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

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