An aviation welder is a highly skilled welder, specifically trained to work with aircraft structures and special materials using tungsten inert gas (TIG) and metal inert gas (MIG) techniques, as well as laser and plasma welding, among others. Aviation Welding Technicians also work with alloys of nickel, aluminum, titanium, cobalt, stainless steel and carbon steel. They perform electric arc processes, resistance welding, and Oxy-Fuel/Oxyacetylene set-up, cutting, welding and brazing procedures.
Theoretical knowledge of metallurgy and aircraft structures is a necessity, as is an ability to read and interpret complex blueprints and technical drawings.
New technologies involving laser equipment and new materials are increasingly being used in aircraft repair. Therefore, future welding technicians will also be required to have skills in joining exotic materials, and knowledge of new welding techniques, such as friction stir welding and laser welding. New technologies such as pulse TIG/MIG machines require very specific skills.
Aviation Welding Technician
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 Welding Technician.
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Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organizations (MROs)
The Canadian Forces
Completion of Secondary School (required)
Completion of a Structured Welding or Aviation/Aerospace Welding program at a college or approved training organization (an asset)
Provincial or inter-provincial welding certification (an asset)
Experience and current qualifications in TIG welding of steel and aluminum (required)
CCAA certification (an asset)
A high level of dexterity and hand-eye coordination