THE BACKBONE OF THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

Advanced Manufacturing Production Technician

Program Description

The Aerospace Structures Technician Career Program prepares you for an entry-level position building airplanes and other aerospace products.

This program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure that aerospace structures technicians have a deep knowledge and mastery of the aircraft structures manufacturing processes.

Aerospace structures technicians assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

Career Program Summary

Number of Skills Courses 188
Time to complete 2.5 months*
*Completing three modules per day

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete this program have the opportunity of earning a nationally-recognized certification. Certification exams are delivered through our testing partner SpaceTEC®.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center that promotes and educates candidates for technical employment. Its certification programs offer performance-based examinations that result in industry-driven nationally recognized credentials that reflect the competencies employers demand.

180 Skills / SpaceTEC Certifications are industry-recognized nationwide. These Certifications let employers know that you have attained the highest level of achievement in the subject matter.

The cost of the exams are included in the tuition for the Career Program.

Click the Body of Knowledge logo to view the full Certification Body of Knowledge.

Skills Competencies included in this Career Program













Income opportunity

According to the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond) over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.

Many aerospace manufacturers are reporting that over 50 percent of their current employees are eligible to retire, making this a great time to enter the profession.

The median annual wage for aerospace structures technicians is $50,810.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 51-2011.00

Hiring Industries

  • Air transport
  • Aircraft and parts manufacturing
  • Guided missiles, space vehicles, and parts
  • Satellite communications
  • Search, detection, and navigation guidance
  • Space research and technology