What Does a Composite Structures Technician Do?

A Composite Structures Technician (267G) inspects, evaluates damage, repairs and replaces damaged aircraft components according to approved engineering data and process requirements using hand and power tools, as well as specialized equipment and materials.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • interpreting and using technical data and planning the sequence of work to be performed
  • reading blueprints for composite structures as well as structural repair manual data and non-destructive inspection reports
  • completing written documentation to ensure trace-ability and storage of materials; following error reporting procedures
  • removing paint and surface coating or special fasteners using hand or power tools safely
  • using ratio calculation and mathematical measurements to mix resin systems
  • recognizing and responding to contamination and its forms
  • using decontamination and drying techniques
  • learning and applying sheet metal repair methods
  • communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors
  • working independently or as a member of a team 

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become a Composite Structures Technician, you should preferably have a secondary school diploma ideally with senior credits in Mathematics, Science and English. As a minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of apx. 7,600 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. General skills can sometimes be transferable to other trades as well.

What’s Your Future as A Composite Structures Technician?

Employment in this field is tied to aircraft repair and the air industry as a whole. While recent trends have impacted on travel and therefore on demand for new air transport, demand in this occupation is predicted to remain stable because it is related to the repair and overhaul of existing airplanes, will help to reduce costs, and the industry competes effectively in both the domestic and the larger global markets. Employment opportunities are usually full-time, could involve shirt-work, and will primarily be found in:

  • Aircraft component manufacturing companies
  • Aircraft repair specialty companies
  • Aerospace industry
  • Canadian Forces - Air force division

People with an interest in this occupation may seek further training as an Avionics Technician or  in Aircraft Mechanical Engineering.

Wage Rate

  • As an Apprentice you earn less than a Journeyperson
  • this rate increases gradually as you acquire skills and gain competency
  • Fully qualified Composite Structures Technicians can earn in a range of $20.00/hour or more, plus benefits. 

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Composite Structures Technician for You?

Self-Rating

 

Do you have good hand-eye coordination?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy learning about, mastering and applying different repair processes and techniques?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with tools, equipment and machinery?

Yes      No

Do you like to get the job done just right and pay attention to detail?

Yes      No

Can you bend, lift, stretch, stand?

Yes      No

Can you look at a diagram and figure out how things come together?

Yes      No

Do you like to follow a job through from start to finish?

Yes      No

 

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Composite Structures Technician may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Aircraft Assembler
  • Aircraft Structures Technician
  • Aircraft Interior Technician
  • Aircraft Engine Tester
  • Aircraft/Aviation Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Boilermaker
  • Tool & Die Maker

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