Aircraft Structures Technician

Apprenticeship training

A trade apprenticeship could be your ticket to better wages and career prospects.

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Endorsement is commonly referred to in the trades as your "ticket," because of the opportunities it opens. Earning you Red Seal enables you to work anywhere in Canada and shows to prospective employers that you are a skilled worker.

UFV offers apprenticeship training for the following trades:

Automotive service technician
Heavy mechanical
Plumbing and piping
Professional cook

As an apprentice, you learn while you earn and train under the supervision of an employer. The apprenticeship program combines on-the-job experience with formal technical training.

An apprenticeship may take up to four years to complete. At the end of the program, you write a final completion exam to earn your Certificate of Apprenticeship and Red Seal Endorsement. Upon earning a grade of at least 70%, you become a fully qualified journeyperson.

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KF Aerospace continues aggressive expansion plans in Kelowna and Hamilton, welcoming nearly 150 new employees over the last 7 months as the company hires to grow the Kelowna operation to about 675 permanent full time staff capable of maintaining 11 narrow body aircraft in heavy maintenance or modifications simultaneously.

KF has hired many UFV graduates, and is looking for more Structures Diploma graduates over the next 12-18 months.

Our primary hiring challenge is Structures Technicians and Apprentices. KF is forecasting to be short nearly 40 Structures staff between YHM and YLW until mid-2018 when the next Aircraft Structures classes graduate.

It is without hesitation that KF recommends graduation from UFV's Aircraft Structures program, as the supply of Structures apprentices is far below the demand in Canada for the foreseeable future.

  • – Grant Stevens
  •    Director, Human Resources, KF Aerospace

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