Composites Manufacturing Technology

Certificate of Completion

This certificate is designed to provide students with entry-level manufacturing skills in composites and a foundation to pursue other certificates and two-year degrees in manufacturing in this specialty.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Participate 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 prepregs.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of composite terminology with the ability to define, utilize and explain composite terminology.
  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 shop.
  7. Demonstrate the correct method in the assembly of a vacuum bag capable of autoclave part fabrication.
  8. Apply learned skills in a "hands on" setting while completing real life fabrication scenarios.
  9. 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.
  10. Evaluate real world design/manufacturing problems and compute materials usage, physical properties and mechanical properties.
  11. Interpret an advanced composite layup schedule and how typical engineering drawings will use shorthand to describe a laminate construction.
  12. 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.

Advisor Office Phone
Business & Technology Technical 103 360.475.7360
Houser, Guy Shop 202 360.473.2828

Required Courses Credits
MANU 101 Orientation to Manufacturing 2
MANU 130 Machine Tools/Precision Measurement 6
MANU 180 Composites I*4
MANU 181 Composites I Lab* 4
MANU 185 Composites II*3
MANU 186 Composites II Lab* 5
TEC-D 107 Technical Drawing*4

Choose one of the following two courses:
MATH 141 Precalculus I: Algebra* 5 
TEC-D145Applied Problem Solving*55
Total Credits Required 33

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog