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Certificate Programs for Composites

Clover Park Technical College

Advanced Composite Manufacturing Technician - Lakewood, WA
Certificate / 119 Credits
Claire Korschinowski - 253-589-5516 - claire.korschinowski@cptc.edu
Ending: 03/23/16, 06/21/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 19)

Program Description

Program Description 

 
The Composites Program at Clover Park Technical College prepares students for careers in composites manufacturing. In this program, students learn to fabricate, assemble, repair, test and troubleshoot composite materials.

Program Skill Sets

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. 

Edmonds Community College

Materials Science Technology - Edmonds, WA
Certificate of Completion / 15 Credits
Su Nelson - 425-640-1980 - etec@edcc.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 12)

Program Description

This work-ready certificate program prepares students with knowledge and skills to enter materials and composites industries such as aerospace, military/commercial aircraft, biotech, maritime and transportation, prosthetics, sporting goods, etc. The program covers the properties and manufacturing processes of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, and fiber reinforced composites.

Program Skill Sets

Upon completion of the Program Requirements for this certificate, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of concepts related to Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, and Composites.
 

Everett Community College

Aerospace Composite Technician Certificate - Everett, WA
Short Term Certificate / 31 Credits
Michael Patching - 425-388-9092 - mpatching@everettcc.edu
Ending: 06/09/16, 08/20/16, 3/20/17 (Anticipated Graduates = 36)

Program Description

The 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.

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

Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technology - Bremerton, WA
Certificate / 67 Credits
Guy Houser - 360-473-2828 - ghouser@olympic.edu
Ending: 03/18/16, 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 20)

Program Description

This certificate builds upon the Certificate of Completion and is designed to provide students with advanced level manufacturing, inspection, and repair skills in composites and a foundation to pursue other certificates and two-year degrees in manufacturing in this specialty.  

Program Skill Sets

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  1. Practice in and contribute to the effectiveness of teams.
  2. Use basic communication skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening and computing) to meet the needs of the workplace.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical computation skills necessary to plan and execute a composite materials fabrication project using fabrics, wet resins, and pre-pregs.
  4. Apply advanced composite materials terminology in the analysis of real world manufacturing, inspection, and repair scenarios.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the proper conduct and procedures necessary to effectively and safely work in a composites shop.
  6. Employ the proper techniques and procedures to use hand tools and precision measuring devises commonly found in a composites fabrication, inspection, and repair shop.
  7. Demonstrate the correct method in the assembly of a vacuum bag capable of autoclave part fabrication.
  8. Demonstrate the correct method in the assembly of a vacuum bag used in the repair of composite materials.
  9. Apply learned skills in a “hands on” setting while completing real life fabrication scenarios.
  10. Practice common fastener and bonded assembly techniques commonly used in the repair and manufacturing of advanced composite material parts and assemblies.
  11. Apply learned skills in a “hands on” setting while completing real life fabrication, inspection, and repair scenarios.
  12. Describe matrix materials, resins and fiber reinforcements and their design considerations for advanced composite material structures with an emphasis on mechanical, physical, and manufacturing properties.
  13. Evaluate a real world design/ manufacturing problems and compute materials usage, physical properties and mechanical properties.
  14. Interpret an advanced composite engineering drawings, layup schedules, ply drop offs, and tolerancing used for fabrication and quality control.
  15. Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of different core materials used in industry for laminated sandwich panels, and demonstrate the fabrication techniques specific to foam and Honeycomb cores.

 

Olympic College

Composites Manufacturing Technology - Bremerton, WA
Certificate of Completion / 33 Credits
Guy Houser - 360-475-7361 - ghouser@olympic.edu
Ending: 03/18/16, 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 10)

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 CP - Bremerton, WA
Certificate of Proficiency / 55 Credits
Ron Raty - 360-475-7389 - rraty@olympic.edu
Ending: 03/18/16, 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 15)

Program Description

This certificate focuses on the design, coordination and documentation of mechanical devices. It is designed for students wishing to expand their careers by improving their graphic communication skills, or for those seeking entry level employment as a mechanical technician.

Program Skill Sets

Program Skill Sets should read: Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  1.  Create a set of manufacturing documents based on engineering sketches and calculations, including drawings and specifications.
  2. Identify and use sources of common industry standards, including ANSI, ASME, SAE, and ISO.
  3. Visualize the interaction of 3-dimensional objects, based on 2-dimensional drawings.
  4. Work as a team member involving multiple disciplines and responsibilities.
  5. Use CAD software to computer model mechanical components, and produce a physical prototype of that model.
  6. Analyze, test, and correct computer models and prototypes as required for function, precision, and tolerance.
  7. Assist an engineer in the complete design process, and therefore know that process.

Peninsula College

Adv. Manufacturing - Composites Technology - Entry Level Manufacturing - Port Angeles, WA
Short Term Certificate / 19 Credits
Maitland Peet - 360-417-6336 - mpeet@pencol.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 15)

Program Description

This certificate serves as an introduction to 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. 

Program Skill Sets

At completion of certificate, student will successfully:
 
1. Understand composites terminology and composite material properties
2. Handle composite materials safely
3. Operate tools and equipment safely
4. Fabricate various types of composite structures
5. Repair various types of composite structures
6. Demonstrate an understanding of composite materials; their purpose, storage, lay-up, and curing cycle.
7. Solve technical mathematical problems.
8. Document technical abilities in written and verbal reports.
 

Peninsula College

Adv. Manufacturing-Composites Technology/ Advanced Materials - Port Angeles, WA
Certificate / 56 Credits
Maitland Peet - 360-417-6336 - mpeet@pencol.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 12)

Program Description

Certificate comprises a series of courses that combine classroom and laboratory experience which focus on the study of composite and advanced composite materials and structures. 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 39 credits of Common Courses offered in colleges throughout Washington, and cover topics that include Precision Measurement, Blueprint Reading, Composite Molding and Tooling, Non-Destructive Testing and Repair, Bonding and Fastening, Safety, and Career Readiness.  Students also complete coursework in English Composition, Industrial First Aid, and Human Relations.

Program Skill Sets

At completion of certificate, student will successfully:
 
1. Operate tools and equipment safely
2. Handle, store, and use composite materials safely
3. Understand physical properties of various composite materials
4. Produce various types of composite structures
5. Demonstrate ability to critically assess damage and successfully repair composite structures
6. Apply various types of catalyzed coatings and paints
7. Demonstrate an understanding of composite terminology with the ability to define, utilize, and explain composite terms.
8. Compose detailed reports of laboratory experiments.
9. Evaluate composites builds completed by self and class members.
10. Successfully vacuum bag multiple composite projects.
11. Successfully construct composite projects both individually and as a member of a group.
12. Demonstrate an understanding of matrix materials: resins and fiber reinforcements.
13. Demonstrate an understanding of unique properties of composite reinforcement fibers.
14. Demonstrate an understanding of basic design considerations for composite structures.
15. Complete an individual- and a group- capstone project that requires planning, design, budgeting, fabrication and finish, quality assurance, and reporting.  
 

Peninsula College

Composites Technology CNC Machining & Programming - Port Angeles, WA
Short Term Certificate / 17 Credits
Maitland Peet - 360-417-6336 - mpeet@pencol.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 12)

Program Description

Peninsula College’s CNC Machining and Programming Short Term Certificate Program prepares students for a variety of jobs related to computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Occupational fields includes CNC machine tool operators and CNC machine tool programmers. Industries that utilize these occupations include, but are not limited to, aerospace, marine, automotive, sports-equipment fabrication, and many others. Students that successfully complete the
program will be equipped with skills to safely load, unload, operate, and maintain CNC equipment. Further, students will receive training in appropriate tooling, fixturing, and programming. Finally, students will complete a course that explores current challenges in CNC machining as they relate to composite materials manufacturing.
 

Program Skill Sets

At completion of certificate, 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. Demonstrate knowledge of WinCNC, and the safe operation of a CNC machine 
4. Demonstrate ability to set up and operate CNC router, and change tools manually and with automatic tool changer. 
5. Demonstrate ability to select tooling for appropriate materials. 
6. Solve applicable mathematical problems. 
7. Demonstrate a working knowledge of G-Code programming language.
8. Program repeatable operations using sub-programs.
9. Configure and use canned cycles, and troubleshoot and correct program’s appropriate feed rates and spindle speeds.
10. Demonstrate knowledge of fixturing and cutting small parts, and fixture parts for multi-axis machines using vacuum, magnetic vises and interchangeable/multi-function fixturing.
11. Identify and program for difficult part geometries.
12. Demonstrate ability to calculate correct speeds and feeds for cutting tools.
13. Reconfigure existing processes to reduce cycle time.
14. Demonstrate ability to follow CNC set-up sheets.
15. Program parametric macro functions.
 

Peninsula College

Composites Technology Composite Structures - Port Angeles, WA
Short Term Certificate / 39 Credits
Maitland Peet - 360-417-6336 - mpeet@pencol.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 15)

Program Description

Certificate comprises a series of courses that combine classroom and laboratory experience which focus on the study of composite and advanced composite materials and structures. 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 39 credits of Common Courses offered in colleges throughout Washington, and cover topics that include Precision Measurement, Blueprint Reading, Composite Molding and Tooling, Non-Destructive Testing and Repair, Bonding and Fastening, Safety, and Career Readiness.

Program Skill Sets

At completion of certificate, student will successfully:
 
1. Operate tools and equipment safely
2. Handle, store, and use composite materials safely
3. Understand physical properties of various composite materials
4. Produce various types of composite structures
5. Demonstrate ability to critically assess damage and successfully repair composite structures
6. Apply various types of catalyzed coatings and paints
7. Demonstrate an understanding of composite terminology with the ability to define, utilize, and explain composite terms.
8. Compose detailed reports of laboratory experiments.
9. Evaluate composites builds completed by self and class members.
10. Successfully vacuum bag multiple composite projects.
11. Successfully construct composite projects both individually and as a member of a group.
12. Demonstrate an understanding of matrix materials: resins and fiber reinforcements.
13. Demonstrate an understanding of unique properties of composite reinforcement fibers.
14. Demonstrate an understanding of basic design considerations for composite structures.
 

Peninsula College

Composites Technology Recycling - Port Angeles, WA
Short Term Certificate / 3 Credits
Maitland Peet - 360-417-6336 - mpeet@pencol.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 15)

Program Description

Peninsula College’s Composites Technology Recycling Short Term Certificate prepares students for jobs related to the recycling of composites materials and manufacturing. Students will learn the basics of composite materials, including thermoplastics and thermoset chemistries. Industries that utilize these occupations include composites manufacturing. Students that successfully complete the program will be equipped with skills to recycle composites waste and repurpose. 

Program Skill Sets

At completion of certificate, student will successfully:
 
1. Identify common composite products.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of composites terminology.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of composite materials; their purpose, storage, lay-up, and curing cycle .
4. Solve technical mathematical problems.
5. Document technical abilities in written and verbal reports.
6. Describe the current state of recycling, with an emphasis on advanced composites recycling.
7. Identify thermoplastic and thermoset chemistries, and the methods and challenges faced in recycling each .
8. Utilize the sources of scrap in composites recycling, from raw materials to product end-of-life.
9. Differentiate the concepts of down cycling, design for recycling, scrap minimization, and life cycle analysis.
10. Analyze and utilize the processes of sorting, quantifying and using composite scrap materials to create new goods.
 

Skagit Valley College

Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technician - Mount Vernon, WA
Certificate / 31 Credits
Ann Avary - 360-766-6282 - Ann.Avary@skagit.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 5)

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: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 10)

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 College

Aerospace Composite Technician - Seattle, WA
Certificate / 18 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660 - kim.alexander@seattlecolleges.edu
Ending: 06/17/16, 12/15/16, 6/14/17, and 12/14/17 (Anticipated Graduates = 15)

Program Description

The 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.

Program Skill Sets

Skills learned in this program 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.
 
On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
 
1. Assemble what is learned and apply in novel circumstances to solve problems, developing and using critical thinking.
2. Demonstrate professional behavior: work with a team; follow standard operating procedures (SOPs); Execute and understand documentation of: work/project orders, material use, equipment and tooling documentation.
3. Develop and prepare to execute a career plan.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and adherence to safety requirements relating to personal, consumer, environmental, regulating agencies and employer concerns.
5. Seek clarification from colleagues, supervisors and customers in an appropriate manner.
6. Use applied math and physics to solve industrial/manufacturing problems.
7. Read and interpret drawings and prints typical in manufacturing, fabrication, assembly and repair environments. 
8. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the uses, strengths, limitations, and other characteristics of metals, alloys, non-metals and composite materials.
9. Properly identify and safely operate tools and equipment to industry standards. 
10. Attach fasteners, metal components, brackets and fittings to composite   materials and/or metal materials with precision and proper care.
11. Appropriately select materials and processes for specific applications.
12. Demonstrate knowledge and mastery of techniques of industrial composites fabrication, assembly and repair, including uses of tooling.
13. Implement appropriate techniques to inspect structures.
14. Select and implement appropriate repair techniques. 
15. Follow protocols created in support of LEAN practices. 
 

South Seattle College

Composite Aviation - Seattle, WA
Short Term Certificate / 17 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660 - kim.alexander@seattlecolleges.edu
Ending: 06/17/16, 12/15/16, 6/14/17, and 12/14/17 (Anticipated Graduates = 15)

Program Description

The 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.

Program Skill Sets

Skills learned in this program 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.
 
On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
1. Assemble what is learned and apply in novel circumstances to solve problems, developing and using critical thinking.
2. Demonstrate professional behavior: work with a team; follow standard operating procedures (SOPs); Execute and understand documentation of: work/project orders, material use, equipment and tooling documentation.
3. Develop and prepare to execute a career plan.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and adherence to safety requirements relating to personal, consumer, environmental, regulating agencies and employer concerns.
5. Seek clarification from colleagues, supervisors and customers in an appropriate manner.
6. Use applied math and physics to solve industrial/manufacturing problems.
7. Read and interpret drawings and prints typical in manufacturing, fabrication, assembly and repair environments. 
8. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the uses, strengths, limitations, and other characteristics of metals, alloys, non-metals and composite materials.
9. Properly identify and safely operate tools and equipment to industry standards. 
10. Attach fasteners, metal components, brackets and fittings to composite   materials and/or metal materials with precision and proper care.
11. Appropriately select materials and processes for specific applications.
12. Demonstrate knowledge and mastery of techniques of industrial composites fabrication, assembly and repair, including uses of tooling.
13. Implement appropriate techniques to inspect structures.
14. Select and implement appropriate repair techniques. 
15. Follow protocols created in support of LEAN practices. 

Degree Programs for Composites

Edmonds Community College

Manufacturing & Materials Technology - Edmonds, WA
ATA / 90 Credits
Su Nelson - 425-640-1980 - etec@edcc.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 8)

Program Description

This ATA degree gives students a basic knowledge and understanding of manufacturing procedures and processes used in general or aerospace manufacturing. Students with this degree are competitive for entry level jobs in a manufacturing or aerospace industry environment.

Program Skill Sets

  1. Safely and appropriately use standard laboratory or field equipment to make precise and reliable measurements.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of Composite, Plastic, Ceramic, and Metal materials, their properties, and manufacturing processes.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Composite, Plastic, Ceramic, and Metal materials, their properties, and manufacturing processes.
  4. Safely and appropriately use standard laboratory or field equipment to make precise and reliable measurements.

Edmonds Community College

Materials Science Technology AAS-T - Edmonds, WA
AAS-T / 90 Credits
Su Nelson - 425-640-1980 - etec@edcc.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 10)

Program Description

The AAS-T in Materials Science Technology is a professional technical degree with a core of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer. Students in this program train for engineering technician jobs, specializing in aerospace composites, manufacturing, or prepare to pursue a bachelor's degree in programs that have been developed in response to demand from local employers.

Classes introduce students to materials science, composite materials, and engineering design. State of the art labs provide students with hands-on experience.
 

Program Skill Sets

  • Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of Materials Science concepts and insights.
  • Safely and appropriately use standard laboratory or field equipment to make precise and reliable measurements.
  • Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of science concepts and insights.
  • Focus on composite materials, engineering design, manufacturing of structures.
  • Hands-on experience with manufacturing and testing equipment used in the industry.

Everett Community College

Composites Advanced Manufacturing Technology - Everett, WA
ATA / 90 Credits
Michael Patching - 425-388-9092 - mpatching@everettcc.edu
Ending: 06/09/17 (Anticipated Graduates = 18)

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.

Olympic College

Engineering Technology AAS - Bremerton, WA
AAS / 90 Credits
Ron Raty and Guy Houser - RR: rraty@olympic.edu, GH: ghouser@olympic.edu
Ending: 03/18/16, 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 20)

Program Description

Successful completion of this program will help prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and ability, to function effectively, either singly or as a member of a team developing a technical project which might involve design, construction, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, research, data, or maintenance. 

Program Skill Sets

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined technological activities;
  2. Apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements, collect data, and conduct, analyze, and interpret data and/or experiments;
  4. Function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
  6. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments;
  7. Identify and use appropriate technical literature such as blueprints and specifications.
  8. Engage in, and understand the need for, self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. Address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  10. Research, plan, and complete a project, including consideration for processes, budgets, material, and time.

Peninsula College

Adv. Manufacturing - Composites Technology AAS - Port Angeles, WA
AAS / 93 Credits
Maitland Peet - 360-417-6336 - mpeet@pencol.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 10)

Program Description

The Advanced Manufacturing - Composites Technology Degrees prepare students for the wide ranging field of composite structure fabrication and repair. Composites training is coupled with an Advanced Manufacturing core curriculum that includes instruction in non-destructive testing, metrology, computer aided design, and machining. 
Occupational fields include, aerospace part manufacturing and repair, yacht and boat construction and repair, sport-related equipment fabrication, the construction of specialized automobile parts, the fabrication of construction materials, and many others. Students are prepared for these fields by learning the physical properties of advanced materials and becoming proficient in composite processing skills that include vacuum bagging, resin infusion, composite oven curing, material use data entry, material resource procurement, and clean room techniques.
 

 

Program Skill Sets

In this program, students will successfully acquire all knowledge and skills outlined in the certificates above.  These include but are not limited to:
 
1. Operate tools and equipment safely
2. Handle, store, and use advanced composite materials safely
3. Understand physical properties of various composite materials
4. Produce various types of composite structures
5. Demonstrate ability to critically assess damage and successfully repair composite structures
6. Machine composite parts and core materials
7. Non-destructively test composite parts
8. Precisely measure and document quality and fabrication process of finished composite parts
9. Program and operate CNC machinery in a composite workplace environment
 

Peninsula College

Adv. Manufacturing - Composites Technology AAS-T - Port Angeles, WA
AAS-T / 90 Credits
Maitland Peet - 360-417-6336 - mpeet@pencol.edu
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 10)

Program Description

The Advanced Manufacturing - Composites Technology Degrees prepare students for the wide ranging field of composite structure fabrication and repair. Composites training is coupled with an Advanced Manufacturing core curriculum that includes instruction in non-destructive testing, metrology, computer aided design, and machining. 
 
Occupational fields include, aerospace part manufacturing and repair, yacht and boat construction and repair, sport-related equipment fabrication, the construction of specialized automobile parts, the fabrication of construction materials, and many others. Students are prepared for these fields by learning the physical properties of advanced materials and becoming proficient in composite processing skills that include vacuum bagging, resin infusion, composite oven curing, material use data entry, material resource procurement, and clean room techniques.
 
The AAS-T degree differs from the AAS degree only in requiring a more rigorous level of math to complete the program.
 

Program Skill Sets

In this program, students will successfully complete all knowledge and skills requirements outlined in the certificates above.  These include but are not limited to:
 
1. Operate tools and equipment safely
2. Handle, store, and use advanced composite materials safely
3. Understand physical properties of various composite materials
4. Produce various types of composite structures
5. Demonstrate ability to critically assess damage and successfully repair composite structures
6. Machine composite parts and core materials
7. Non-destructively test composite parts
8. Precisely measure and document quality and fabrication process of finished composite parts
9. Program and operate CNC machinery in a composite workplace environment
 

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