An Aircraft Structures Assembler works with aircraft structural materials and is involved in the repair, installation, modification and inspection of these materials. Aircraft Structures Assemblers assemble, fit and install aircraft skins, frames and structural parts. They assemble structures including sheet metal extrusion and composite structures and possess knowledge of assembly jigs and tools. Future Aircraft Structural Assemblers will work with completed assemblies and will be systems integrators. Automatic assembly lines will be used with robotics for repetitive and difficult assembly tasks. Assemblers will need to have knowledge of automatic processes.

This Occupational Standard lists all of the tasks which a Structures Assembler should be able to perform anywhere in Canada. However, different employers in various parts of the country may work in a more specialized area of the occupation.

The Structures Assembler is thoroughly familiar with safe work practices and the rules and regulations affecting his/her work and work place. The Structures Assembler is involved in the set-up and operation of tools and equipment, as well as some semi-automatic processes. The Structures Assembler should possess a high level of manual dexterity and a strong interest in aircraft structural materials. The individual must be able to work with others cooperatively and follow directives precisely.

Certification Requirements

To qualify for certification with CCAA, the applicant must possess the necessary knowledge and skills and have successfully completed all thirty-four (34) specified mandatory tasks and five (5) or 20% of the sub-tasks within the logbook.

In addition, the applicant must have a minimum of twenty-four (24) months on the job experience in the occupation based on full-time employment.

The tasks in the logbook were made as generic as possible to accommodate the largest amount of work environments and equipment / tools but do not necessarily cover all tasks performed by individuals.

Tasks Common to Most Structures Assemblers
(note that sub-tasks for each task are not shown below)

Block A Safety
Task 1 – Demonstrates Safe Working Practices

Block B Technical Drawings and Information Interpretation
Task 2 – Reads and Interprets Technical Drawings and Information

Block C Fabrication
Task 3 – Performs Standard Metal Working Tasks
Task 4 – Performs Standard Composite Fabrication Tasks

Block D Assembly of Components
Task 5 – Assembles Components

Block E Modifications or Non-Conformance Repairs
Task 6 – Repairs and Performs Modifications or Non-Conformance Repairs

Block F Quality Control
Task 7 – Performs In-Process Verification