Aircraft Structures Assembly and Repair

The Aircraft Structures Assembly and Repair program provides you with the knowledge and skills to qualify for entry level employment as an aircraft structures technician or aircraft assembler.  GTCC Aviation has relationships with local, regional, and national employers who have constant demand for aircraft structures technicians and aircraft assemblers.  You can apply for full-time employment after program completion.  The national average salary for an aircraft structures technician is approximately $50,000.

Knowledge and skills you will acquire are listed below:


  • Shop safety
  • Read and interpret blueprints and work instructions
  • Read and interpret Structural Repair Manuals (SRM)
  • Assemble, manufacture, and repair aircraft structural components
  • Paint aircraft and aircraft parts using an HVLP spray gun, paint roller, or brush
  • Identify waste in a process by using lean manufacturing tools
  • Increase flow in an industrial environment by using the Kaizen philosophy
  • Understand quality control and quality assurance

Sheet Metal Structures

  • Drill precise holes
  • Use a rivet gun
  • Countersink holes
  • Install nutplates
  • Torque bolts with a torque wrench
  • Install safety wire
  • Install various types of aircraft fasteners
  • Cut sheet metal using a shear
  • Bend sheet metal using a brake
  • Curve sheet metal using a roller
  • Form sheet metal with various fabrication tools
  • Make flush and non-flush repairs
  • Make complex repairs over substructures

Composite Structures

  • Layup carbon fiber and fiberglass with dry and prepreg fabrics
  • Impregnate fabrics with wet layup or resin infusion methods
  • Cure composite structures with an oven, vacuum table, heat lamp, or hot bonder
  • Make and use a mold
  • Build a vacuum bag
  • Understand composite material destructive and non-destructive testing methods
  • Manufacture and repair composite and metal bonded sandwich structures
  • Repair composite materials using the scarfing method
  • GTCC student using bagging materials


    Use bagging materials

  • GTCC student filing


    Practice filing

  • GTCC student practicing riveting


    Learn riveting

  • GTCC student learning drilling


    Learn how to drill

  • GTCC student scarfing


    Learn scarfing

  • GTCC student doing mold prep


    Learn mold prep

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Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

An aircraft structure assembler works on different parts of an aircraft, such as the wings, rigging or fuselage. Tasks could include fitting together parts, reading blueprints and attaching fasteners and brackets. Inspecting and testing parts once assembled are other elements of the job.

Student Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC. During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need. Once you have been accepted and have submitted your transcripts from High School or College, you will need to satisfy entry level prerequisites (DRE098, MAT10-50), if not already covered by your transcripts. 

Daniel Reed, MAS, LSSGB, CFI (Program Director and Instructor)

David Lynch, AAS, A&P (Instructor)

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 Option 3.

None. All tools and equipment required for the course are available for you to use while attending the program.

HAECO, Honda Jet, Aerotek, and YOH all hire GTCC graduates from this program locally. Regional and national opportunities exist with all major aerospace manufacturing, modification, completion, and repair companies. 

Use or to search local and regional jobs for “Structures,” “Aircraft Structures Mechanic,” “Aircraft Sheet Metal Mechanic,” or “Aircraft Composites Mechanic” in Greensboro and the state of North Carolina. is the best site for finding aircraft technician jobs.

Greensboro, NC Jobs

North Carolina Jobs

Mickey Truck Bodies, Tradesmen International, and other technical industries also employ and seek our graduates because they have the skills they are looking for in a broad array of subject matter areas.

The starting salary varies with the employer and region. Local average is roughly $14.00-$18.00 an hour.  Your starting salary will increase rapidly with acquired skills and experience.

Major repair centers, completions centers, modification centers, and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) hire structure mechanics with 3+ years of experience from $25-28/hour with a progressive scale that increases with experience.

Not at the moment. We are currently working with local companies to establish internships and apprenticeships for students who are enrolled in the program. 

The diploma can be completed in either two or three semesters. The core course can be completed in two semesters. Each certificate can be completed in just one semester.

Not at the moment. We currently offer only day classes. Evening classes will be added in the future.

The approximate total cost is $2,800.00, not including books.