Aerospace Manufacturing Technology

Do you want to work at an aerospace manufacturing company like HondaJet, Collins Aerospace, Boeing, or Lockheed Martin? Get there from GTCC with an associate’s degree in Aerospace Manufacturing Technology!

Spend the first half of the degree learning how to build and repair aircraft structures using sheet metal and composite materials. Pick one of the following career tracks for the second half of the degree program.

  • Manufacturing Engineer Option
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator Option
  • Operations Management and Supply Chain Option

Entry-level employment opportunities include:

  • Aircraft assembler
  • Composite manufacturing technician
  • Aircraft structures repair technician (sheet metal and composites)
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Process engineer
  • CNC operator
  • Machining technician
  • Production control specialist
  • Material planner
  • Material handler
  • Buyer

Continue your education online at East Carolina University. ECU will give credit towards half of the Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology upon completion of the associate’s degree in Aerospace Manufacturing Technology.

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Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

An aircraft structure assembler works on different parts of an aircraft, such as the wings, rigging or fuselage. Tasks could include fitting together parts, reading blueprints and attaching fasteners and brackets. Inspecting and testing parts once assembled are other elements of the job.

Program Gallery

  • Removal of sharp edges from a laminate assembly

    Carbon fiber trimming

  • Scarfing project using downdraft tables

    Composite repair hot bonder

  • Setting up the vacuum port

    Cutting prepreg

  • Preparing unidirectional carbon laminate

    Mold layup

  • Preparing layup materials

    Mold layup

  • Securing solid release film

    Sheet metal repair

  • Producing composite layups

    Tensile test

  • Preparing layup materials

    Vacuum bagging

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC. During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need. Once you have been accepted and have submitted your transcripts from High School or College, you will need to satisfy entry level prerequisites (DRE098, MAT10-50), if not already covered by your transcripts. 

Daniel Reed, MAS, LSSGB, CFI (Program Director and Instructor)

David Lynch, AAS, A&P (Instructor)

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 Option 3.

None. All tools and equipment required for the course are available for you to use while attending the program.

HAECO, Honda Jet, Aerotek, and YOH all hire GTCC graduates from this program locally. Regional and national opportunities exist with all major aerospace manufacturing, modification, completion, and repair companies. 

Use Indeed.com or JSFirm.com to search local and regional jobs for “Structures,” “Aircraft Structures Mechanic,” “Aircraft Sheet Metal Mechanic,” or “Aircraft Composites Mechanic” in Greensboro and the state of North Carolina. 

JSFirm.com is the best site for finding aircraft technician jobs.

Greensboro, NC Jobs

North Carolina Jobs

Mickey Truck Bodies, Tradesmen International, and other technical industries also employ and seek our graduates because they have the skills they are looking for in a broad array of subject matter areas.

The starting salary varies with the employer and region. Local average is roughly $14.00-$18.00 an hour.  Your starting salary will increase rapidly with acquired skills and experience.

Major repair centers, completions centers, modification centers, and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) hire structure mechanics with 3+ years of experience from $25-28/hour with a progressive scale that increases with experience.

Not at the moment. We are currently working with local companies to establish internships and apprenticeships for students who are enrolled in the program. 

The diploma can be completed in either two or three semesters. The core course can be completed in two semesters. Each certificate can be completed in just one semester.

Not at the moment. We currently offer only day classes. Evening classes will be added in the future.

The approximate total cost is $2,800.00, not including books.