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Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technology: Certificate of Specialization

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

Advisor / Program Contacts

Composites Full Time Faculty
(360) 475-2828

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. 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 prepregs.
  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.

Required & Prerequisite Courses