Aircraft Structural Technician

"Aircraft Structural Technician" means a person who selects, measures, shears, cuts, bends, forms, heat treats, seals, fabricates, fits, inspects, paints and refinishes parts and components to drawing specifications. Drills, countersinks, dimples, reams and taps holes for bolting, screws, riveting and installation of special fasteners. Assembles parts and components and sub-assemblies, using special jigs and fixtures. Uses special tools and tooling for installation of bolts, rivets, screws and special fasteners. Installs completed components in aircraft and inspects and verifies the installation and operation of the components affected using test and measuring equipment as required. Reworks and/or replaces components to rectify damaged or malfunctioning components.

Program Updates:

NOTE: Effective March 31, 2012, ITA suspended a Certificate of Qualification for the Aircraft Structural Technician program. This credential is suspended during the review and re-structuring of the program. A Certificate of Apprenticeship will continue to be granted to qualified individuals who have successfully completed an Aircraft Structural Technician apprenticeship. Individuals that meet Transport Canada requirements have the option of pursuing AME-S licensing. For more information about Transport Canada licensing, please refer to the Transport Canada web site.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 139.97 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.33 MB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.