Certificate in Aircraft Composite Structural Analysis & Design

Learn the Essentials of Composite Aircraft Design


Program Details

  • Location: Boeing Everett
  • Duration: 7 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $9,625

Next start date

October 17, 2017

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About this Program

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore state-of-the-art methods in aircraft composite design. You’ll learn how to apply carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) to aircraft structures to improve performance and reduce weight. We’ll cover all the major areas of the field, including mechanics, materials, analysis methods and design aspects. Develop the ability and knowledge to produce cutting-edge designs and analysis.

designed for

This program is for Boeing employees only. You should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in mechanics of materials. Those who want a refresher course or an introduction to the subject should consider taking Composite Materials Overview for Engineers.

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what you'll learn

  • Composite fundamentals, including tooling and manufacturing processes, composite fabrication practice, structural testing, and inspection and repair
  • Analysis methods for composite laminates
  • Damage-tolerant design and repair design
  • Design methodologies for composite aircraft parts, including design for manufacturing, preliminary design and detail design
  • CAD modeling of composite parts and fuselage structural optimization

Hands-On Experience

You’ll have the opportunity to work in a UW composites lab.

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.

Program Sessions


Learning Formats


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.

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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.

Not available for this program