Aviation Manufacturing Quick Careers Program (AMQCP): Structures Assembly

The Aviation Manufacturing Quick Careers Program (AMQCP) provides the rapid training desired by aviation employers. Start working in as little as two to five months. Current graduates are employed at HondaJet, HAECO, Boeing, Lockheed, Gulfstream, and SpaceX. Boom Supersonic and others will soon begin hiring as well.

AMQCP quick training programs will prepare you for entry-level aviation employment and provide the basis for a two-year degree and beyond. In the Structures Assembly series of courses, you'll learn to manufacture, assemble, install, and modify structural parts that make up the assembly of an aircraft.


Which courses should I take?

Click your experience level to find out.

If you are just beginning your journey in aviation, here's how you get started.

Take classes in this order:

  1. Introduction to Structures
  2. Structures Assembly
  3. Structural Repair
  4. Composite Technology

If you're a working aviation professional or someone who has spent time in the industry, any of these courses are for you.

If you're not sure, don't worry. Reach out to us, and we'll help you figure out your pathway.

Course Offerings

Introduction to Structures (IS): This initial course is a prerequisite to Structures Assembly (SA) and provides an overview of the basics of sheet metal manufacturing techniques, learning to assemble, dismantle, and fabricate aluminum component parts. The course features a brief outline of the common materials used in aviation and manufacturing to include an understanding of safety, corrosion, the use of common hand and power tools, interpreting engineering drawings, installation and removal of structural fasteners, understanding precision instruments, and other common manufacturing techniques.

Aviation StructuresStructures Assembly (SA): This course provides students with online and practical elements specializing in assembling and dismantling structural component parts commonly used in the aviation and manufacturing industries. The course will enhance previous knowledge and introduce many practical structural metallic fabrication techniques produced with local technical data. Supported with the knowledge gained from previous courses, a successful graduate is more readily prepared to face the many challenges presented in the structures environment.

Course Description Cost
Introduction to Structures $213.00
Structures Assembly $188.00

Self-paying students may register immediately. 

Available Courses
Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
AVI-3009-B09 Intro to Structures 8/19/24-9/13/24 M-F 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aviation II Bldg 124 Register Now
AVI-3009-B11 Intro to Structures 11/18/24- 12/18/24 M-F 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aviation II Bldg 204 Register Now


Program Gallery

  • Student using a caliper

    Using a caliper

  • Students inspecting wing structure

    Inspecting wing structure

  • Measuring a countersink depth

    Measuring a countersink depth

  • Student using a Truloc gauge

    Using a Truloc gauge

  • Safety wiring

    Safety wiring

  • Student installing blind rivets

    Installing blind rivets

  • Students team riveting

    Team riveting

  • Students measuring material thickness

    Measuring material thickness

  • Students cutting aluminum

    Cutting aluminum

  • Student checking toolbox inventory

    Toolbox inventory check

  • Students mixing sealant

    Mixing sealant

  • Student producing a joggle

    Producing a joggle

  • Student bending aluminum

    Bending aluminum

  • Student curving aluminum

    Curving aluminum

  • Student using bench shear

    Using bench shear

  • Sanding down aluminum

    Sanding down aluminum

Student Testimonials

About the Aviation Programs

A Day in the Life of an AMQCP Student

Frequently Asked Questions

Although the course is not a guarantee of employment, to date, the majority of our graduates are currently successfully employed as Aircraft Assembly Technicians contributing to the manufacture and assembly of new aircraft.

The skills obtained are also transferable to many other types of employment within the Manufacturing and Aviation arena, and we continue to seek many opportunities of employment for our graduates.

$12 - $23 per hour plus benefits for entry level employees.

Local business and industry partners to include Honda Aircraft Co., HAECO, Cabin Solutions, and externally Boeing. Typically, several potential employers visit the class prior to graduation and are ready to hire upon completion of the class.

We have all the tools necessary, and you are not permitted to use any personal tools in class. If you choose aircraft maintenance in lieu of manufacturing as your career path, you may want to consider investing in quality tools. We will provide you with a list of recommended tools.

There are many opportunities for sponsorships and scholarships to cover the cost of the courses

We suggest your start with our Workforce Training Scholarships application for support. Once you complete the application, you will be contacted about funding and options.

For example, this program qualifies for the Metallica Scholarship program, and you will be considered for the scholarship once you've completed this application.

Our address is 819 Radar Road, Greensboro, NC 27410. We are located at the Greensboro Airport across from Honda Aircraft Co. and HAECO.

The traditional face-to-face class is from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm or 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The online work requires set goals to be completed at set intervals and permitted to be conducted at any location.

The three-week Introduction to Structures class gives you basic familiarization of aircraft systems and materials. The Core Skills online section continues for four-weeks and is completed mostly at your convenience in your home.  The eight-week Structures Assembly class is held in our lab by completing various sheet metal and composites projects.  Class hours are 8:00 am-3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Credits awarded from completion of the AMQCP Structures Program may be transferred to the Aerostructure Manufacturing and Repair Technology program. Shifts at most companies around the airport complement GTCC’s Aviation Programs. Several companies offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit in support of further education.

You may be eligible for scholarships when taking this training program. Each scholarship has time sensitive application deadline. Click on the link below to learn if you might meet the requirements for one of these scholarships. 

  • SECU (State Employees' Credit Union) Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Golden Leaf Scholarship Application
  • Corporate and Continuing Education Scholarship

These scholarships, if awarded to you, will cover tuition first and then may cover other course related expenses.  Once your application is received, you will be notified by email if it is granted and the amount provided.