North Island College instructor Ruedi Pletscher demonstrates the finer points of aircraft wing construction.

Aircraft program joins up with Canadian Forces

The Canadian Forces (CF) has accredited NIC’s Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) program which is located in Campbell River

The Canadian Forces (CF) has accredited NIC’s Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) program which is located in Campbell River.

This is excellent news for NIC students and graduates considering a career with the CF.

Graduates of the program receive advanced standing as Aircraft Structures Technicians with the Canadian Forces, and current students may apply to the CF’s Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan (NCM-SEP) to have their education and training costs paid.

In addition to covering the costs of your education, the NCM-SEP also provides a salary while you go to school and an annual vacation, and it guarantees you a job upon graduation.

“Aircraft Structures is the third NIC program that has received accreditation, joining Industrial Automation Technician and Professional Cook, which speaks volumes about the quality of the education being delivered by NIC,” said Don Gillingham, North Island College (NIC)’s dean of trades and technology.  “Achieving accreditation is a rigorous process, and we are extremely excited to have received the stamp of approval once again.”

The Aircraft Structures Technician program is offered at NIC’s Vigar Vocational Centre in Campbell River and consists of about 1,150 hours of shop and classroom instruction, beginning with the basic theory of flight. Students learn about aircraft systems, construction and Transport Canada regulatory requirements. They build and repair sheet metal, tubular, composite, wooden, and fabric aircraft structures.

Graduates develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge in all aspects of aircraft sheet metal work. The next intake begins this September, and a few spots are still available.

To be eligible for the Canadian Forces – Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan, you must be accepted into a CF-approved college program, be a Canadian citizen and be at least 18 years old.

“Eligibility to study under NCM-SEP is a tremendous opportunity and a great way to pay for your post-secondary education,” said Gillingham. “If you are interested in aircra

For more information about the program, contact an NIC student advisor at 1-800-715-0914 and visit www.forces.ca