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.
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.
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 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 non-matriculated status before you register for the first course. Because policies vary, check with UW Department and 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.
Students who register for the Credit option must achieve a grade of 3.0 in each course to earn credits that will count towards a UW graduate degree in either of the above Departments. A grade of 2.7 suffices for Boeing to pay tuition for the Credit option of the program whereas Successful Completion, rather than a grade point, suffices for tuition payment for the Noncredit option of the program.