Learn the Essentials of Composite Aircraft Design
Next start date
October 17, 2017
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.
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.
To apply to the certificate you must:
In some cases, employees of partner companies with current export compliance agreements may participate, but participation must be approved by the Boeing Company before admittance.
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.
You’ll have the opportunity to work in a UW composites lab.
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.
Aircraft Composite Structures: Mechanics & Materials
Aircraft Composite Structures: Analysis & Design
Aircraft Composite Structures: Design Case Studies
Certificate in Aircraft Composite Structural Analysis & Design
Approved by the UW Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics 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
Larry Ilcewicz, Chief Scientific & Technical Advisor for Advanced Composite Materials, Federal Aviation Administration
Kuen Lin, Professor, University of Washington's William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Kenneth B. McPherson, Learning Training and Development Engineering and Operations, PLM & Tech Integration, The Boeing Company
Michael Richey, Learning Training and Development Engineering and Operations, Strategic Relationships, The Boeing Company
Anthony Waas, Chair, University of Washington's William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
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.
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.
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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.
Structural Analyst, Boeing
Structural Design Engineer, Boeing
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Explore a wide spectrum of theoretical and practical developments in the field of aircraft composite materials and manufacturing.
Explore aircraft design and analysis. Study the theoretical and practical aspects of finite element methods, design philosophy and criteria, and fatigue and fracture.
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.