Utilize Composite Materials for Aircraft Construction and Repair
Next start date
October 10, 2017
In this certificate program, you’ll explore a wide spectrum of theoretical and practical developments in the field of aircraft composite materials and manufacturing. We’ll study manufacturing and quality design techniques, examine constituent materials used in polymer matrix composites and investigate tooling and/or repair technology. Gain the skills and knowledge for working with composites in aircraft manufacturing.
This program is for Boeing employees only. You should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in engineering, physics or chemistry. Those who want a refresher course or an introduction to the subject should consider taking Composite Materials Overview for Engineers.
Participants must be Boeing employees with a B.S. in engineering. Backgrounds in mechanics of materials and elements of materials science and engineering are preferred. Proficiency in linear algebra and familiarity with the basics of trigonometry and calculus are strongly recommended for success.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into a graduate program in the UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering or the UW Department of 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. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply. If you don’t plan to pursue a graduate degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.
To earn this certificate, you must complete the first two courses and either the third or fourth course. Completing both courses in Quarter 3 is optional.
You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Aircraft Composite Materials
Aircraft Composite Manufacturing
Aircraft Composite Tooling
Aircraft Composite Repair
Certificate in Aircraft Composite Materials & Manufacturing
Approved by the UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering, the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Boeing Company Learning, Training and Development, Engineering & Operations Group.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
K. B. Das, Professor, UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Alex K-Y. Jen, Professor and Chair, UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Larry Ilcewicz, Chief Scientific & Technical Advisor for Advanced Composite Materials, Federal Aviation Administration
Jack McGuire, Director, Engineering Technology Development, The Boeing Company
Barry McPherson, Learning, Training & Development PLM Integration Leader, The Boeing Company
Michael Richey, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company
Mark Tuttle, Professor, UW Department of Mechanical Engineering
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Research Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Affiliate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Boeing-Pennell Professor of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
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Explore state-of-the-art methods in aircraft composite design. Learn about the mechanics, materials, analysis methods and design aspects of the field.
Explore aircraft design and analysis. Study the theoretical and practical aspects of finite element methods, design philosophy and criteria, and fatigue and fracture.
Expand your professional expertise in aerospace engineering. Choose to specialize in controls, fluids, structures or composites as part of this program.
Gain solid knowledge of the physical properties and applications of composite materials, and develop a foundational understanding of how advanced composite structures are designed, manufactured and maintained.