Applied and Technical Studiesufv.ca/aerospace
Note: This program is unavailable until further notice.
Looking for a trade that's challenging, in-demand, linked to the Abbotsford economy, and portable throughout Canada and worldwide? Then consider the Aircraft Structures Technician program, offered by UFV in facilities at the Abbotsford Airport.
This certificate program is Transport Canada approved and will give students a thorough introduction to the aircraft repair and maintenance trade. Working and learning at a busy airport location will give students a taste of "real life" experience and also help them make connections with potential employers.
Structures technicians manufacture, repair, overhaul, and maintain aircraft. Tasks include manufacturing, modifying, and repairing sheet metal parts, structures, skins, and panels to exacting tolerances, and using and interpreting manufacturers' structural repair manuals.
After completing the certificate program, students will be qualified to start their career as a structures apprentice and eventually become an AME-"S"-licensed aircraft maintenance engineer.
UFV allows secondary school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their Grade 12 year. For more information, students should contact their district/school career counsellor. Students may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aerospace-related industry has been identified by the City of Abbotsford as one of the key growth engines for the local economy. It is anticipated that the growth of aerospace-related enterprises will create spinoff demand in Abbotsford as companies locate near a skilled labour force.
The Industry Training Authority predicts that the aerospace industry will require up to 4,000 new trades and technical workers within five years, including structural technicians.
Secondary school graduation is strongly recommended for career success. In addition to UFV’s general university admission requirements, which include the English language proficiency requirement, students must meet the following entrance requirements for admission.
Note: Students who have not been in any schooling for more than three years are strongly advised to take the recommended mathematics assessment test to determine level of preparedness. The assessment test may identify areas that require strengthening to optimize the opportunities for program success. In most cases, upgrading can be taken simultaneously with the program.
Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.
Note: A current criminal record search document may be required.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Aircraft Structures Technician students should also budget approximately $2,000 for basic hand tools, $260 for required textbooks, and $300 for appropriate working apparel.
A medical statement from a qualified physician may be required at any time before or during the program. Students will be notified by a UFV official if/when the statement is required.
The Aircraft Structures program starts in September and January and runs for 42 weeks consecutively. The 42 weeks are broken into three 14-week modules.
The Aircraft Structures program requires continuous attendance through all three 14-week modules to complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend classes five days per week.
Transport Canada stipulates that no more than 5% of a basic training course can be missed due to absenteeism. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides may be subject to an academic performance review and will not qualify for experience credit under the course approval.
The Aircraft Structures Technician program is located at the UFV Aerospace Centre — 30645 Firecat Ave., at the Abbotsford Airport. It is open 8am–3:30pm, Monday to Friday. Classes are in session 8am–2pm, Monday to Friday.
The program is comprised of 42 weeks of in-class instruction. Students must show that they understand the theory introduced in the program by successfully completing a written test for each unit and then applying it to an acceptable level of practical skills as assigned in that unit.
Students will be working with the help of learning packages that will give step-by-step instructions. The learning materials may include printed worksheets, videotapes, display boards, lab manuals, blueprints, instructions, demonstrations, and/or lectures.
Practical hands-on training is a large part of the classroom environment. As much as possible, study lab and shop instruction is patterned after on-the-job situations.
|102||Aircraft Terminology and Components|
|103||Reference Material and Documentation|
|104||Blueprints and Technical Drawings|
|105||Tools and Equipment|
|109||Sheet Metal Fabrication|
|110||Advanced Structures and Assembly|
|113||Heat Treatment of Aluminum Alloys|
|114||Prime/Paint Parts and Assemblies|
|115||Structural Damage Assessment|
|116||Sheet Metal Repairs|
|122||Fluid Lines and Conduits|
|123||Windows and Lenses|
Students must complete all requirements with a grade of 70% or better to receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.
All students are expected to complete each 14-week module consecutively.
Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
Applied and Technical Studies students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Safe Student Learning Community policy (204).
If a student wishes not to continue, they will need to initiate a withdrawal at the Office of the Registrar.
Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program. Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with attendance, conduct, or program policies, or UFV policies including: Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Safe Student Learning Community policy (204).
The definition of an upgrader is a student who joins a class for 13 weeks or less to repeat or complete a specific course. This is a student who has attended training at UFV before, or who wishes to enhance their skills by attending one or more specific sections of the course (i.e. sheet metal or composite repair, wood and fabric repair, etc.).
The Aircraft Structures Technician modules are organized so upgraders have easy access to training at various times during the year.
Note: Upgraders wishing to attend a specific section of the course must provide testimony from their employer or from an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer identifying that they hold the prerequisite knowledge of Transport Canada regulations, safety, tooling and basic aircraft operation.
Students who begin a trades program, but withdraw before completing the program, may contact the department to request re-entry to the program provided their absence is less than two years. Re-entry is conditional based on space availability and instructor permission, and if the curriculum has not changed.
Students who are absent more than one year will be required to apply for readmission. An application for admission form and application fee will be required.
Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at ufv.ca/registrar/forms. This should be done at the beginning of the final module.