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Certificate Programs for Composites

Clover Park Technical College

Aerospace Composite Technician - Lakewood, WA
Certificate / 29 Credits
Daniel Hughes - 253-589-6095 - daniel.hughes@cptc.edu
Ending: 03/21/14, 06/18/14, 08/29/14 (Capacity = 19)

Program Description

The knowledge and skills gained through this program are those required for entry-level positions as composite technicians. The certificate also provides an opportunity for existing aircraft mechanics and service technicians to expand their education in the field of composite assembly and repair. You’ll learn how to work with the cutting-edge technology of assembling and repairing the composite panels used by Boeing and other aerospace companies. 

Program Skill Sets

  1. Consistently display precision in process such as measuring, drilling, and fabricating components.
  2. Read and correctly interpret aircraft blueprints.
  3. Operate tools and equipment safely. This includes personal and aircraft safety standards related to shop layout, equipment use, and the handling and storage of materials.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate use of cutting tools.
  5. Implement appropriate techniques to various types of damage.
  6. Select composite materials and processes for specific applications. Design and build tooling for fabrication.
  7. Attach fasteners, metal components, brackets, and fittings to composite materials with precision and proper care of materials.
  8. Apply the appropriate repair techniques to various types of damage. 

Everett Community College

Aerospace Composite Technician Certificate - Everett, WA
Short Term Certificate / 31 Credits
Annette Floyd - 425-388-9562
Ending: 06/13/14 (Capacity = 20)

Program Description

The two-quarter Aerospace Composites Technician Certificate program is designed to prepare students to fabricate, assemble, and repair composite materials on aircraft. The program is a hands-on, in-depth overview of the processes involved in the development and production of composites. The certificate satisfies the eligibility requirement for the IAM/Boeing Apprenticeship program for a Blue Streak Mechanic. Learn more at http://www.iam-boeing-apprenticeship.com/apply.html.

Program Skill Sets

Skills include tooling, fabrication, machining, assembly, quality assurance, repair, lay-up, vacuum bagging, and cure processing of wet lay-up, the mathematical computations and scientific principles that apply to the operation of aircraft and related equipment.

Program Outcomes:
1. Solve technical mathematical problems (such as fiber resin ratio).
2. Learn basic hand skills for the layup of composites materials using fiberglass, carbon fiber, epoxy and polyester resin.
3. Design molds and forms for the layup of fiberglass and carbon fiber materials.
4. Build and vacuum bag composite materials for room temperature cure and oven cure materials.
5. Create projects in composite materials showing how surface energy is increased and decreased.
6. Design for producibility and manufacturing ease.
7. Document technical activities in written and verbal reports. 8. Be prepared for successful employment.

Olympic College

Composites Manufacturing Technology - Bremerton, WA
Certificate of Completion / 30 Credits
Guy Houser - 360-475-7361 - ghouser@olympic.edu
Ending: 06/11/14 (Capacity = 20)

Program Description

Designed to provide students with entry level manufacturing skills in composites and a foundation to pursue other certificates and degrees within the manufacturing industry.

Program Skill Sets

1. Demonstrate an understanding of composite terminology with the ability to define, utilize and explain composite terminology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of safety rules for equipment in composites laboratory.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of composite builds by evaluating composite builds completed in class, recognizing basic materials used for vacuum bagging by identification, identify machining pugs and molds by evaluating lab built tools.
4. Demonstrate an understanding/ability to schedule a project over 5 weeks.
5. Understand and perform common assembly techniques and bonded assembly manufacturing techniques.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of machining plugs and molds by evaluating a tool built in lab.
7. Understand matrix materials, resins and fiber reinforcements; basic design considerations for composite structures and the unique properties of composite reinforcement fibers.
8. Understand and identify cure profiles and demonstrate the ability to build a composite project.
9.Participate in and contribute to the effectiveness of teams.
10. Use basic communication skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening and computing) to meet the needs of the workplace. 11. Gather, interpret, and use data consistently and accurately to make decisions and take actions.

Olympic College

Mechanical Technology - Bremerton, WA
Short Term Certificate / 56 Credits
Ron Raty - 360-475-7389 - rraty@olympic.edu
Ending: 06/11/14

Program Description

None listed.

Program Skill Sets

1. Demonstrate an understanding of composite terminology with the ability to define, utilize, and explain composite terminology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of safety rules for equipment in the composites laboratory.
3. Demonstrate an understanding laboratory experiments by composing detailed reports.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of composite builds by evaluating composites builds that you and or classmates have created.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of basic materials used for vacuum bagging by identification.
6. Demonstrate the ability to construct composite parts in group projects.
7. Demonstrate the ability to construct composite parts as individual projects.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of matrix materials: resins and fiber reinforcements.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of basic design considerations for composite structures.
10. Demonstrate an understanding storage and handling requirements of prepreg.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of unique properties of composite reinforcement fibers.
12. Demonstrate an understanding of cure profiles.
13. Demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of defined or built composite parts.
14. Demonstrate an understanding to select an individual project.
15. Demonstrate an understanding/ ability to schedule a project over a five week period-approximately 2hrs/day (total of 50 hours).
16. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to build project-NDI of part to determine quality.

Peninsula College

Composite Structures Certificate - Port Angeles, WA
Certificate / 44 Credits
Darren Greeno - 360-417-6337 - dgreeno@pencol.edu
Ending: 6/14/14 (Capacity = 6)

Program Description

Certificate comprises a series of courses intended to provide the student with a working knowledge of reinforced composite design, fabrication, structural repair, and finishing. Introduces design considerations and methods of fabrication used in open-mold construction. Employability is a major goal, therefore issues such as safety and work habits are emphasized throughout.

Program Skill Sets

1. Demonstrate an understanding of composite terminology with the ability to define, utilize, and explain composite terminology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of safety rules for equipment in the composites laboratory.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic materials used for vacuum bagging.
4. Successfully build a composite structure using wet lay-up techniques.
5. Successfully build a vacuum-bagged composite part.
6. Demonstrate understanding of vacuum infusion process.
7. Demonstrate ability to assess damage and repair composite structures.
8. Demonstrate ability to apply various types of catalyzed coatings and paints to composites structures.

Peninsula College

Composites Technology/ Advanced Materials - Port Angeles, WA
Certificate / 53 Credits
Darren Greeno - 360-417-6337
Ending: 6/14/14 (Capacity = 12)

Program Description

Certificate comprises a series of courses that combine classroom and laboratory experience which focus on the study of advanced composite materials. Introduction will include a brief history of composites. Emphasis is placed on composite terminology, adherence to laboratory safety rules, quality assurance, and strict conformance to directions. Courses within this series include Composites Technology I,II,and II; Physics I and II; and English Composition I.

Program Skill Sets

1. Demonstrate an understanding of composite terminology with the ability to define, utilize, and explain composite terminology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of safety rules for equipment in the composites laboratory.
3. Demonstrate an understanding laboratory experiments by composing detailed reports.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of composite builds by evaluating composites builds that you and or classmates have created.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of basic materials used for vacuum bagging by identification.
6. Demonstrate the ability to construct composite parts in group projects.
7. Demonstrate the ability to construct composite parts as individual projects.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of matrix materials: resins and fiber reinforcements.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of basic design considerations for composite structures.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of storage and handling requirements of prerequisites.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of unique properties of composite reinforcement fibers.
12. Demonstrate an understanding of cure profiles.
13. Demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of defined or built composite parts.
14. Demonstrate an understanding to select an individual project.
15. Demonstrate an understanding/ ability to schedule a project over a five week period-approximately 2hrs/day (total of 50 hours).
16. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to build project-NDI of part to determine quality.
17. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to complete project as planned.

Peninsula College

Composites Training - Module I - Port Angeles, WA
Short Term Certificate / 3 Credits
Darren Greeno - 360-417-6337
Ending: 10/27/14 (Capacity = 25)

Program Description

This five-week course serves as an introduction to composite manufacturing. Instruction focuses on aerospace applications and advance composites materials. Students will become familiar with relevant terminology and industry manufacturing practices. These practices include pre-preg composite construction, vacuum bag processing, oven-curing, and industrial safety.

Program Skill Sets

1. Demonstrate knowledge of composite terminology and advanced composite materials.
2. Understand resin matrices and fiber reinforcement.
3. Demonstrate understanding of lab safety.
4. Demonstrate proper materials handling, specifically the handling of pre-pregs; their purpose, storage, lay-up and curing cycle.
5. Demonstrate safe and successful operation of a composite curing oven.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of vacuum-bagging process.
7. Identify requirements and detailed instructions necessary for record keeping for composite part building.
8. Demonstrate ability to calculate standard tolerances.
9. Document technical abilities in written and verbal reports.

Peninsula College

Composites Training - Module II - Port Angeles, WA
Short Term Certificate / 3 Credits
Darren Greeno - 360-417-6337 - dgreeno@pencol.edu
Ending: 6/14/14 (Capacity = 25)

Program Description

This five-week course serves as an introduction to composite manufacturing. Instruction focuses on aerospace, marine, and recreation equipment applications. Students will become familiar with relevant terminology and industry manufacturing practices. These practices include wet lay-up composite construction, vacuum bag processing, vacuum infusion processing, room temperature curing, and industrial safety.

Program Skill Sets

At completion of course, student will successfully:

1. Identify common composite products.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of composites terminology.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of wet lay-up techniques, processes, and safety.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of composite materials; their purpose, storage, lay-up, and curing cycle.
5. Demonstrate understanding of vacuum bag processing.
6. Demonstrate understanding of vacuum infusion processing.
7. Solve technical mathematical problems.
8. Document technical abilities in written and verbal reports.

Peninsula College

Composites Training - Module III - Port Angeles, WA
Short Term Certificate / 4 Credits
Darren Greeno - 360-417-6337 - dgreeno@pencol.edu
Ending: 3/21/14, 3/20/15, 3/21/16 (Capacity = 25)

Program Description

This six-week course serves as an introduction to machining in composite manufacturing. Instruction focuses on CNC operation and CNC machining of composite materials. Students will become familiar with relevant terminology and industry manufacturing practices. These practices include CNC equipment operation, CNC software application, CNC tooling, and machine safety

Program Skill Sets

At completion of course, student will successfully:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of composites, machining, and software terminology.
2. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of CAD/CAM Software: -Geometry creation -Geometry manipulation -Tool path creation -Tool path application
3. Program verification methods.
4. Post processing operations.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of WinCNC.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of CNC machine safety
7. Demonstrate ability to set up and operate CNC router.
8. Demonstrate ability to change tools manually and with automatic tool changer.
9. Demonstrate ability to select tooling for appropriate materials.
10. Identify the requirements and detailed instructions necessary for record keeping for composite part machining.
11. Solve applicable mathematical problems.
12. Document technical abilities in written and verbal reports.

Skagit Valley College

Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technician - Mount Vernon, WA
Certificate / 31 Credits
Ann Avary - 360-766-6282 - Ann.Avary@skagit.edu
Ending: 06/20/14

Program Description

Composite manufacturing has evolved into a diverse industry and can be found in the marine, aerospace, automotive, sports equipment, construction, alternative energy, medical devices, and many other industries, creating an expanding wealth of opportunity for talented practitioners. The Composites Technician Certificate program provides students with skills and knowledge in plant safety, manufacturing processes, composite materials, gelcoat/controlled spraying/fluid handling applications, vacuum infusion process, part and tooling design techniques. Students learn chemical safety, design, modern vacuum-infusion techniques, and construction of molds to construct a variety of parts. 

Program Skill Sets

Graduates of the Composites Technology program will:

  1. Be prepared with the skills and knowledge required for successful entry-level employment in composite-related industries.
  2. Understand the safety hazards and workplace precautions that need to be taken when working with hazardous chemicals typically found in a shop environment.
  3. Identify resins, initiators, promoters, solvents and all chemicals by sight, smell and touch, and handle according to established safety standards.
  4. Demonstrate ability to correctly apply various types of catalyzed coatings and paints.
  5. Demonstrate ability to use the correct technique for repairing a variety of composite structures.
  6. Demonstrate ability to develop a full size plug from a scaled drawing, and correctly finish the surface using various mediums current to industry standards.
  7. Correctly perform contact molding, vacuum bagging techniques, out of oven autoclave, oven curing and autoclave molding techniques.
  8. Demonstrate silicone bag part building and rigid B side part building techniques using current industry standards.
  9. Distinguish and operate support equipment in Closed Cavity and Light Resin Transfer Method.
  10. Demonstrate ability to use advanced composite nomenclature related to equipment, tools, accessories, and materials commonly used in the composites workplace.
  11. Understand environmental issues related to manufacture and use of composite structures.
  12. Understand and follow laws and regulations as they relate to composites certifications. 

Skagit Valley College

Composite Repair Technician - Mount Vernon, WA
Short Term Certificate / 13 Credits
Ann Avary - 360-766-6282 - Ann.Avary@skagit.edu
Ending: 03/21/14, 06/19/14 (Capacity = 22)

Program Description

The Composite Fundamentals Micro-certificate program provides students with an overview of composites and their application across a spectrum of industries. Topics covered include:

  • Materials commonly used in composite manufacturing processes, such as hand lay-up, filament winding, compression molding, resin-transfer molding, and pultrusion.
  • Introduction to fiberglass reinforced plastics with emphasis on chemical safety applicable to poly and vinyl-ester resins, solvents, and epoxies.
  • Hands-on training in use of molds, gel coats, release agents, resins, cosmetic color matching, and reinforcing materials in hand layup and structural repair.
  • Industry-appropriate shop safety standards and correct use of Personal Protection Equipment.

Program Skill Sets

Graduates of the Composites Technology program will:

  1. Be prepared with the skills and knowledge required for successful entry-level employment in composite-related industries.
  2. Understand the safety hazards and workplace precautions that need to be taken when working with hazardous chemicals typically found in a shop environment.
  3. Identify resins, initiators, promoters, solvents and all chemicals by sight, smell and touch, and handle according to established safety standards.
  4. Demonstrate ability to correctly apply various types of catalyzed coatings and paints.
  5. Demonstrate ability to use the correct technique for repairing a variety of composite structures.
  6. Demonstrate ability to develop a full size plug from a scaled drawing, and correctly finish the surface using various mediums current to industry standards.
  7. Correctly perform contact molding, vacuum bagging techniques, out of oven autoclave, oven curing and autoclave molding techniques.
  8. Demonstrate silicone bag part building and rigid B side part building techniques using current industry standards.
  9. Distinguish and operate support equipment in Closed Cavity and Light Resin Transfer Method.
  10. Demonstrate ability to use advanced composite nomenclature related to equipment, tools, accessories, and materials commonly used in the composites workplace.
  11. Understand environmental issues related to manufacture and use of composite structures.
  12. Understand and follow laws and regulations as they relate to composites certifications.
     

South Seattle Community College

Aerospace Composite Technician - Seattle, WA
Certificate / 45 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660
Ending: 12/11/13, 6/20/14 (Capacity = 20)

Program Description

Comprised of two short-term training certificates (General Aviation & Composite Aviation) and General Education requirements.

Program Skill Sets

1. Please see specific short-term training certificates above.
2. Additional coursework for technical writing, applied math and human relations in the workplace prepares the composites technician for all aspects of the aviation manufacturing and composites work environment.

South Seattle Community College

Composite Aviation - Seattle, WA
Short Term Certificate / 15 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660
Ending: 12/11/13, 6/20/14 (Capacity = 20)

Program Description

Prepares technicians to fabricate, assemble and repair composite materials on aircraft at an entry level. Completion of the General Aviation Short-term training certification required.

Program Skill Sets

1. Implement appropriate techniques to inspect composite structure and assess for possible damage.
2. Apply the appropriate repair techniques to various types of damage.
3. Select composite materials and process for specific applications.
4. Operate tools and equipment safely.
5. Demonstrate the appropriate use of cutting tools.

Degree Programs for Composites

Everett Community College

Composites Advanced Manufacturing Technology - Everett, WA
ATA / 90 Credits
Annette Floyd - 425-388-9562
Ending: 6/13/14, 12/13//14, 6/13/15

Program Description

The Composites program is a hands-on, in-depth overview of the processes involved in the development and production of composites. The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Composites ATA degree includes courses in: computer literacy, industrial safety, engineering graphics, technical problem analysis, precision fits, tolerances and GD&T, solid works, pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical circuits, materials & process, and operations management.

Program Skill Sets

Skills include tooling, fabrication, machining, assembly, quality assurance, repair, lay-up, vacuum bagging, and cure processing of wet lay-up, the mathematical computations and scientific principles that apply to the operation of aircraft and related equipment.

Program Outcomes:
1. Solve technical mathematical problems (such as fiber resin ratio),
2. Learn basic hand skills for the layup of composites materials using fiberglass, carbon fiber, epoxy and polyester resin.
3. Design molds and forms for the layup of fiberglass and carbon fiber materials.
4. Build and vacuum bag composite materials for room temperature cure and oven cure materials.
5. Create projects in composite materials showing how surface energy is increased and decreased.
6. Design for producibility and manufacturing ease.
7. Document technical activities in written and verbal reports.
8. Be prepared for successful employment.

Peninsula College

Adv. Manufacturing - Composites Technology AAS - Port Angeles, WA
AAS
Darren Greeno - 360-417-6337 - dgreeno@pencol.edu
Ending: June 2014, June 2015, June 2016 (Capacity = 10)

Program Description

This program prepares students for the wide-ranging field of composite structure fabrication and repair. Through classroom work and hands-on training, PC’s Composites Technology program equips students with skills necessary for employment in the aerospace, marine, and recreational equipment industries, as well as many others that use composite materials.

Students are exposed to these fields by building composite parts through hand lay-up, vacuum infusion, and oven curing processes. Students also learn applicable CNC machining and non-destructive testing skills.
 

Program Skill Sets

In this program, students will learn to:

  • Understand composites terminology and composite material properties
  • Handle composite materials safely
  • Operate tools and equipment safely
  • Fabricate various types of composite structures
  • Repair various types of composite structures

Peninsula College

Adv. Manufacturing - Composites Technology AAS-T - Port Angeles, WA
AAS-T
Darren Greeno - 360-417-6337 - dgreeno@pencol.edu
Ending: June 2014, June 2015, June 2016 (Capacity = 10)

Program Description

This program prepares students for the wide-ranging field of composite structure fabrication and repair. Through classroom work and hands-on training, PC’s Composites Technology program equips students with skills necessary for employment in the aerospace, marine, and recreational equipment industries, as well as many others that use composite materials.

Students are exposed to these fields by building composite parts through hand lay-up, vacuum infusion, and oven curing processes. Students also learn applicable CNC machining and non-destructive testing skills.
 

Program Skill Sets

In this program, students will learn to:

  • Understand composites terminology and composite material properties
  • Handle composite materials safely
  • Operate tools and equipment safely
  • Fabricate various types of composite structures
  • Repair various types of composite structures

 

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