I am a Canadian teacher who retired last June. I am presently living in Malaysia. Retirement is not sitting well with me. Thus, I am
thinking about returning to Canada, and attempting to re-enter the aviation industry as a structures technician.
I completed the so-called structures program at North Island College in Campbell River, BC. in 2001. At the time, the program was unable
to obtain Transport Canada certification. I was unable to obtain work, and thus, returned to my original profession: teaching. I ended up
working overseas from 2004-2018. Now that I am ready to "come home", I am thinking about retraining as structures technician.
Now, here's the catch: I am now 66 years of age Regardless, I have lots of energy and enthusiasm. I love being around aircraft.
I simply have too much energy to retire. I know that older workers (60+) are much more common now than 30 years ago. When I was working
as a carpenter, my boss was 80! Just read of a guy who became an engineer at 67. That said, I know that age discrimination is illegal in
Canada, but it's impossible to know what is in an employer's head when he sees an older worker's application.
Incidentally, I also hold a private pilot license.
Thoughts anyone? Feel free to comment on this site, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can relate to you ...
- Experience is important - but the attitude is even more so ..
There are varieties of sheetmetal / structure job variants that you should consider ..
- To maintain a happy & conscientious attitude - naturally picking the most agreeable will go a long way ..
things to consider .. 1/ Do you like climbing & crawling into confined areas .. 2/ Would you feel comfortable working off a lift-stand or situated on the roof of an airliner 3/ prefer a shop job at a bench 4/ Do you get bored quickly & require something new 5/ How do you deal with paint fumes or composite fibers 6/ Does cleaning dirty & oil impregnated areas bother you ? 7/ Does repetitive assembly -line production interest you ?
Presently we are fortunate across the country to have all facets of work type available. From assembly of new parts in a production environment to crawling into the nacelle of some oil-soaked antiquity! Being a bit on the 'seasoned' side .. I suspect working in a shop would best complement you .. rather than swatting mosquitoes attempting to drain you of all your fluids ..
Airlines are good - if your goals are stability and a retirement plan; but have little seniority - working at a bench may be a distant fantasy.
Bush leagues will give you lots of experience & ample infusions of grime, over spray, & pulled muscles - but also interesting days.
Assembly Fabrication will be a clean (usually) bench job .. but quite repetitive .. some people love that ..
I just like to repeat that 'attitude' is what keeps your job; provide you the desire to maintain good work; & feel good about coming to work next day. If you align yourself with dingy workplace, bad associates & tasks you abhor to perform .. the result is clear.
Today .. the jobs are out there .. just find the one that suits you !