Program Overview

The Aircraft Structural Repair Technician program introduces students to the exciting world of aviation repair. Students will learn to repair, overhaul, and modify commercial aircrafts. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in maintenance, repair, and overhaul organizations.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate
32 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London - Airport
2023 September
London - Airport
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London - Airport
2023 September
London - Airport

Your Learning Experience

This one-year Ontario College Certificate prepares students to repair, overhaul, and modify commercial aircraft in accordance with high standards of aviation safety. The hands-on, project-based curriculum in this program provides students with technical training for material and component assembly, fabrication, manufacturing, and repair.

This is a Transport Canada-approved program (TC-2019-09-4268) that will allow eligible graduates to receive 10 months towards a Transport Canada-issued Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) License, Category S. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers with Canadian and international aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul organizations.

Career Information ​​​​​​

Fanshawe’s Aircraft Structural Repair Technician program is a Transport Canada-approved program (TC-2019-09-4268) allowing eligible graduates to receive 10 months credit towards earning a Transport Canada-issued aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) “S” license. Graduates are prepared for careers with organizations involved in Canadian and international aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Aircraft Structural Repair Technician program:

Robotics and Automation Technician
Monitor and identify system faults or issues and take corrective action to maximize production of robotic systems used on site.

Airframe and Engine Apprentice or Avionics Apprentice
Help maintain a varied fleet of 13 aircraft, including light aircraft, helicopters, jet trainers, jet fighters and a heavy seaplane.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Looking for individuals who are dedicated, energetic and passionate about their role in keeping crews and passengers safe by conducting regular maintenance before takeoff.


Learning Outcomes
  1. Complete minor and major maintenance, assembly, fabrication, and structural repair work on large or small, fixed or rotary wing aircraft using the appropriate tools and equipment;
  2. Diagnose malfunctions and defects or other problems in metallic and composite structures, instruments, and related components using technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, engineering orders, and standards of performance and safety;
  3. Complete airworthiness directives, manufacturers' service bulletin, and engineering modification tasks on aircraft systems and metallic and composite structures;
  4. Dismantle and reassemble airframes for repair and overhaul;
  5. Evaluate the structural integrity of airframes prior to and during disassembly to prevent further damage to the airframe;
  6. Design and generate damage reports, shop sketches and rectification statements and use design criteria to generate damage repair schemes;
  7. Identify and employ modern manufacturing techniques with advanced composite and sheet metal structures;
  8. Perform weight and balance calculations to ensure accurate aircraft information is available for flight and loading;
  9. Interpret written instructions, schematics, manufacturers' specifications, technical drawings, manuals, and computer-based information while performing routine and unscheduled tasks;
  10. Maintain detailed inspection, repair, maintenance, and certification records and reports to meet industry regulations and logbook requirements;
  11. Perform all work in accordance with health and safety regulations, manufacturers' specifications, Canadian Aviation Regulations and Transport Canada guidelines, and company practices, policies, and procedures.



Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature applicant with the following courses:

- Any Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Any Grade 12 Math (C or U)

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year preparatory program, Pre-Technology, that provides all the admission requirements for this program.

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


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Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Transportation Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Aircraft Structural Repair Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Aircraft Structural Repair Technician  program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Aircraft Structural Repair Technician program.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MTNC-1035Repairs 26.5
Students will practice and develop their riveting skills, install and remove fasteners, and perform layout procedures and bend calculations. They will also complete repair processes such as countersinking, dimpling, and micro-shaving.
MTNC-1034Repairs 14
In this course, students will use industry repair manuals to identify the appropriate procedures to use to perform repairs on the sheet metal structural components used in aircraft construction.
AVIA-1072Shop Management & Safety2
This course is an introduction to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) category S license. It outlines the regulations, requirements and processes as well as the roles and responsibilities of the AME in the shop/hangar environment. The course also provides study of general tools and tools specific to aviation and how they are safely used on the materials of the aircraft industry.
AVIA-1095Technical Drawings/Information3
In this course, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to read and interpret aircraft schematics and technical drawings. They will use schematics, technical drawings, and assess damaged aircraft structures, and prepare damage reports. Students will also generate shop sketches.
AVIA-1074Mechanics of Flight3
This course involves the study of the fundamental aerodynamic principles governing flight of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Emphasis is on the devices and components used for aircraft control and flight performance.
AVIA-1096Aircraft Structures3
This course involves the study of aircraft structures and materials maintenance, including the types of hardware used in the construction of modern aircraft as well as structural repair techniques and modifications.
MATH-1215Mathematics for Aircraft Maintenance2
This course involves the study of technical mathematics as it applies to aircraft structural repair work. Students will take measurements and perform calculations to solve applied problems, including bends, weight and balance, centre of gravity, ratios, and trigonometry.
AVIA-1076General Hand Tools2
In this course, students will implement or practice shop safety practices using the hand tools used for aircraft structural repairs, including precision measuring instruments.
MATS-1031Composites 12
This course introduces the student to the modern composite materials and processes used to manufacture and repair aircraft structural components. Shop safety and materials handling guidelines are emphasized.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.
EDUC-1105Strategies for AME Communication3
This course is designed to support non-native speakers of English with the necessary language requirements to be successful in their Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programs (AAM4, AVI1, AVM4, and ASR1). Emphasis will be placed on sector-specific vocabulary acquisition, AME terminology and abbreviations, listening and reading comprehension, and effective communication skills, both oral and written.
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Tuition Summary

London - Airport

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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.