Certificate in Aircraft Composite Materials & Manufacturing

Utilize Composite Materials for Aircraft Construction and Repair


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $9,000

Next start date:

September 2023

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About this Program

Advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) are being increasingly used on many aircraft structures globally, including on Boeing airplanes, to improve performance and save weight.  Unlike metals, composite materials which are also known as engineered materials, are extremely process sensitive.

As such, even the best design will be of no use if the designed product cannot be manufactured. In this certificate program comprising of specifically tailored courses for aircraft applications, you will acquire an in-depth knowledge of constituent materials (fibers and matrices), state-of-the-art composite manufacturing processes including design for manufacturing, and key elements of quality control, specific tooling requirements, and many faceted repair and maintenance approaches for composite structures.

You will enhance your core competencies through this program which deals with the vital theoretical and practical approaches of materials and process engineering of composite technology to aide in producing reliable, producible, and cost effective aircraft structural hardware.

Designed For

This program is for Boeing employees only. It is designed to meet the needs of a variety of engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance personnel involved with the design and fabrication of aircraft hardware. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in engineering, physics or chemistry, mechanics of materials, algebra and some calculus.  

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what you'll learn

  • Differences between composite and metallic materials and the mechanical and physical properties of constituents (fibers and matrices)
  • Material selection approaches, toughening of polymers, resin cure kinetics
  • Micro-mechanics of composite materials and load transfer analysis
  • Manufacturing fundamentals, design for manufacturing, closed and open mold composite manufacturing processes, and quality control
  • Mold and fabrication and assembly tooling, repair, environmental effects

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Participate in and complete composites lab work at the UW
  • Take a field trip to a Boeing composites manufacturing facility (optional)
  • Participate in and complete repair lab exercise at Boeing DC facility


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Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

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