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Congratulations to NIC for a great 40 years!

Thank you to all the faculty and staff who created and supported the Aircraft Structures Program, and the many graduates who work with us at Sealand Aviation! | 1-800-331-4244 | Campbell River Airport and Campbell River Floatplane Base


100 students have gained the skills, knowledge and certification required to enter the workplace.

Aircraft Structures graduates take flight

On graduation, students can continue into a three-year Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) certification, with the time and tests taken at NIC credited towards their Transport Canada licence.

Demand for NIC’s Aircraft Structures Technician students is sky high, locally and around the world.

“Since the program started 12 years

Many former NIC students now work across Canada and around the world manufacturing, repairing and servicing planes and helicopters.

ago, I’ve seen many students develop local and international careers.” Ruedi Pletscher,

“The aviation industry is one of Vancouver Island’s bestkept secrets,” said program instructor Ruedi Pletscher. “Many people have no idea how significant it is. Companies are always looking to recruit new people. Our students are always in demand. One year, Viking Air in Victoria hired the whole class!”

Instructor, NIC Aircraft Structures program

The program has built a strong reputation locally. Campbell River based Sealand Aviation recruits NIC students annually to overhaul and repair light aircraft and manufacturing components. Company president Bill Alder said he was “incredibly satisfied” with the quality and motivation of students emerging from the NIC program.

The list of personal success stories is a source of pride for Pletscher. Among them is Mike Alix, based in the Northwest Territories with Canadian Helicopters, whose work takes him from the Arctic to the Amazon. He began his training at NIC’s Campbell River campus and now repairs and maintains helicopters around the world.

Aircraft structures instructor Ruedi Pletscher sees students such as Ali Hunt graduate into local and international careers.

Dylan Wheaton was living in Yellowknife but signed up for the NIC program that was a 2,500 kilometers drive from home because of its great reputation with people in the industry. His skills have recently been called on for projects in Indonesia as well as in BC.

includes electronics, heavy duty mechanics, automotive repair, forestry, professional cook programs, marine services and welding.

The program is one of several trades training opportunities at NIC’s Campbell River campus, which

The specialist 10-month Aircraft Structures Technician program is one of only two Transport Canada licensed programs in BC. Since it began in 2004, more than

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One of those students, Ali Hunt (photo left), a First Nations student originally from Fort Rupert, was the program’s top student. She was so keen to get in she raffled off a traditional cedar hat and other donated items to help pay for tuition. “It’s amazing to see students’ spark for the aeronautics industry,” said Pletscher, “Since the program started 12 years ago, I’ve seen many students develop local and international careers.” Find out more, visit

Jack Shadbolt officially opens NIC’s 7,200 square foot Fine Arts studio in his name.

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NIC Aircraft Structures Technician Develop precision skills working with everything from sheet metal and wood to fabric and thermoplastics. Qualify for high-demand jobs locally and around the world. Receive recognition from Transport Canada toward your AME-S licence. Tuition: $2,850 approx | Starts: Sept 2016


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NIC 40th Anniversary Publication