Aviation Special Processes Technician

Job Description

The Aviation Special Processes Technician requires in-depth knowledge of chemistry, and a keen sense of observation and judgement. They must adhere to the critically important safety principles that apply to their work. They perform complex functions such as heat-treating, anodizing, plasma coating, special coatings and working with composite materials.

Being an Aviation Special Processes Technician requires discipline and precision while treating all types and shapes of aircraft parts. They manufacture and perform maintenance on reinforced plastic products using resins, monomer and polymer, reinforcements, fillers and additives. They operate and service blasting equipment and perform cleaning of aircraft engine parts and equipment.

Aviation Special Processes Technicians usually works in a shop at a workbench, or in a lab, They clean and strip parts made from unusual materials using chemical, electrical, and mechanical means. Once the parts are clean, they employ surface treatments such as conversion coatings, deposition, plating, thermal spray, diffusion coatings, or etching. After that, they toughen the parts using shot, glass, and flap-peening processes. The next steps are heat-treating, stress relief, and furnace brazing. All of these procedures strengthen the parts, ensuring that they will be reliable and able to endure the toughest stresses, ensuring that the aircraft can fly safely for several years. For example, landing gear materials must withstand repeated high-energy pounding and are so internally stressed that they need to be specially coated with high tech, complex paint compounds to guard against hydrogen embrittlement during high altitude flying conditions.

Other job titles
  • Aviation Plating Specialist

  • Heat Treating Operator

  • Plastics Technologist

  • Process/Production Design

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The Canadian Council of Aerospace & Aviation manages the certification process for this and other regulated careers in our industry.

Our industry has identified this career as in-demand, and is looking for certified skilled labourers to fill positions in this role. Use our self-assessment screening tool, and we’ll help you determine what steps you need to take to expedite your certification for Aviation Special Processes Technician.

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Work, Education &

Places you
could work

Aerospace Manufacturers

Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organizations (MROs)

Research and Testing Facilities

The Canadian Forces


Completion of Secondary School (required)

Experience as an Aviation Machinist or Aviation Maintenance Technician (an asset)

Non-aerospace specific education or training for some industrial products and processes (may be required)

CCAA Certification (an asset)


Thorough knowledge of the principles of chemistry

Keen sense of observation and judgment

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