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Certificate in Aircraft Composite Materials & Manufacturing

Utilize Composite Materials for Aircraft Construction and Repair


Program Details

  • Location: TBD
  • Duration: TBD
  • Cost: TBD

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About this Program

There are no future offerings of this program scheduled at this time.

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

Choose From Noncredit and Credit Options

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into  the Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering or the Master of Science in  Mechanical Engineering. To use these credits, you must enroll in the credit version of the certificate program and obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course. If you don’t plan to pursue a graduate degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.


Want more info about this offering? Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more. Or if you need help finding the right certificate program or course for you, reach out to explore your options.  

Program Overview

To earn this certificate, you must complete the first two courses and either the third or fourth course.


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

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