Structural Airframe Assembler Program - Youth Information

Did You Know Ontario Needs Structural Assemblers?


The Canadian and Ontario aerospace industry is growing.  We're adding full time paying jobs month over month, and exports continue to increase for Made in Canada aerospace products.    

BUT - there is a shortage of capable Structural Airframe Assemblers in many Ontario aerospace companies. And that's where we come in.  We are the OMLC - and we've brought together aerospace manufacturing companies to solve this challenge.  We've launched the Structural Airframe Assembler [Level 1] Learning Program - a program that helps Youth aged 18-29 learn in-demand skills, get paid on-the-job training, which leads to great stable jobs at Ontario aerospace manufacturing companies.

Is This The Opportunity You've Been Looking For?

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  • Do you like creating, making, and building things?
  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Are you good with details and precision?
  • Do you like working with hand and power tools?
  • Do you enjoy working mostly independently?
  • Do you want to have responsibility and be accountable for the things you produce at work?
  • Would you like to have a job where you can be busy all the time?
  • Would you prefer to be on your feet - moving around, rather than sitting at a desk all day?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, read on to learn more about a learning & career opportunity as a Structural Airframe Assembler - one that might be perfect for you!

What Exactly Is ‘Structural Airframe Assembly’?

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What Is Structural Airframe Assembly? – the large commercial jets that fly us around the world are built of aluminum structural assemblies – wings, fuselage sections, tail sections, flaps and control surfaces – that are made by riveting together many smaller metal components.  They are designed to be light and strong and must be carefully assembled to ensure the highest quality and safety standards.

What Does A Structural Airframe Assembler Do? – Drilling, riveting, bonding, sealing, inserting bushings and fasteners, using hand and power tools – these are the major tasks a structural airframe assembler does every day, working as a member of a team or crew to produce these large structural airframe assemblies – which may take several weeks to complete.  

A Structural Airframe Assembler is specially trained to operate job-related power and hand tools and produce completed product as per the work order or approved drawings, meeting all required quality standards and scrap standards – consistent and repetitive output is the goal.  He or she uses knowledge of specific technical work practices, such as blueprint reading, applied math concepts, tools and measurement concepts as they relate to the specified job, as well as knowledge of general manufacturing technical practices and procedures, that are applicable to all sectors of manufacturing.  

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Structural Airframe Assembler [Level 1] Learning Program

The Structural Airframe Assembler [Level 1] Learning Program is a great opportunity to learn in-demand skills, get a great stable job and start a rewarding career.  The program works like this:

1. Read The Structural Airframe Assembler Program Overview

1. Read The Structural Airframe Assembler Program Overview

We have a comprehensive document for trainees that will provide you with all the detail you need. It's a good idea to download this PDF and read it carefully to make sure you understand the program and understand what the job entails day to day:

If you think you have the personality andambition required - and if you're interested in finding out if this career is a good fit for you, move on to Step 2.

2. Apply To The Structural Airframe Assembler Learning Program

2. Apply To The Structural Airframe Assembler Learning Program

We are working with ManpowerGroup to help us interview and screen candidates.

To apply to the program, please visit ManpowerGroup’s website at In the keyword search field, type OMLC.

All OMLC Program positions posted by locations will appear. Please apply once, to the posting in your most preferred work location. Manpower’s recruiters will speak to you about your availability to travel outside your preferred location for opportunities.

To be eligible for this opportunity, you must be between the ages of 18-29 and a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. We are currently accepting applications for positions starting in September 2016 and November 2016.

3. Go Through The Screening Process

3. Go Through The Screening Process

Manpower Group will contact you if you have been selected to proceed to the screening process.  This happens in two parts:

The first screening is with Manpower and they will take you through a screening process developed by the OMLC to understand your aptitude, attitude, and current skills. Applicants who pass this screening can be very confident that their natural abilities and talents fit this job/career perfectly. Hopefully that's you!

The second screening is an interview with the hiring company at their facilities. They will have the results of your OMLC screeing with Manpower Group.

4. Get Hired By A Canadian Manufacturing Company

4. Get Hired By A Canadian Manufacturing Company

If you are selected for the program - you will now become an employee of the hiring company.  That means you will start to receive a paycheque starting on your first day in the OMLC learning program.

5. Attend Structural Airframe Assembler Learning Program Orientation And Training Shop / Classroom Training

5. Attend Structural Airframe Assembler Learning Program Orientation And Training Shop / Classroom Training

These are the areas of Structural Airframe Assembly that you will be trained on:

  • Orientation to Aerospace
  • Workplace Safety
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Applied Math
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Measurement
  • Manufacturing Terminology
  • Drilling, Fastening and Sealing practices and techniques

6. Get Structural Airframe Assembler On-The Job Training

6. Get Structural Airframe Assembler On-The Job Training

This part of the program is about 12 weeks (480 hours). There are very clear industry developed Technical Learning Outcomes defined for the entire training period.

During the training, you will not be on your own to learn the job. There will be a Trainer helping you - providing instruction, assistance and direction. Your Trainer will review the technical learning outcomes with you and be responsible for making sure you are progressing towards mastering them by the end of the job learning period.

Further details on this important phase are in the Structural Airframe Assembler Program Overview pdf (from Step 1)

OMLC will support your and your Trainer by providing:

  1. Our OMLC Monitor / Coach who will visit your facilities regularly to meet with you and your Trainer to help you make good progress towards mastery of all Technical Learning Outcomes.
  2. A ‘Learning Contract’ system – online – that will enable your Trainer and you to set learning objectives regularly and track your progress in achieving mastery of the Technical Learning Outcomes.

7. Get Certified

7. Get Certified

At the end of the program, you have the opportunity to be certified as a Structural Assembler. Certification is a public statement that you have passed and are highly qualified to perform specified duties – in this case, those of a Structural Assembler. The certification process consists of the following components:

  • Your successful passing of tests administered during the orientation and training shop / classroom training
  • Demonstrating to our Assessor that you can use the required tools and operate the required equipment and produce parts/assemblies as per work orders
  • Demonstrating your knowledge of general manufacturing technical practices and procedures and knowledge of Structural Airframe Assembly specific technical work practices by completing an on-line examination.

Trainees who successfully pass all OMLC requirements will be awarded their OMLC Certificate as a Structural Airframe Assembler [Level 1]. Those Trainees who excel in meeting these requirements will be recognized ‘with Distinction’.

The Certificate will be issued by the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium and over time will be accepted by Ontario aerospace employers as evidence of your capability and expertise.

And at this time, both you and your company will have the opportunity to decide if you want to continue your employment.