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Certificate in Aircraft Composite Materials & Manufacturing

Utilize Composite Materials for Aircraft Construction and Repair


Program Details

  • Location: Boeing Everett
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $9,000 (noncredit)
    $10,800 (credit)

Next start date:

September 2020

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About this Program

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.

Designed For

This program is for Boeing employees only. You should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in engineering, physics or chemistry. 

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what you'll learn

  • Differences between composite and metal materials and the mechanical and physical properties of constituents
  • How to identify major classifications of polymers, fibers and composites
  • The quality control approach to composite constituent materials
  • Common composite manufacturing tools, processes and terminology
  • Repair methods for aircraft composite structures using industry examples

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Complete composites lab work at the UW
  • Take a field trip to a Boeing composites manufacturing facility (optional)

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 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.

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.

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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