Analyze and Design Cutting-Edge Aircraft
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In this three-course certificate program, we’ll undertake an in-depth study of aircraft design and analysis. You’ll explore the technology of advanced materials and modern design trends. We’ll study the field’s most important aspects and latest developments, including finite element methods (FEM), modeling, design philosophy and criteria, and fatigue and fracture. Learn the ins and outs of the structure of modern aircraft.
This program is designed 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:
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.
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.
Design & Analysis of Aircraft Structures I
Design & Analysis of Aircraft Structures II
Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics
Certificate in Modern Aircraft Structures
Approved by the 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
James C. Hermanson, Professor and Chair, University of Washington Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Larry Ilcewicz, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Advanced Composite Materials, Federal Aviation Administration
Kuen Y. Lin, Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Kenneth B. McPherson, Learning, Training & Development Engineering & Operations, Educational Programs Leader, Boeing
Michael Mohaghegh, Technical Fellow in Advanced Structures and Materials, Boeing
Michael Richey, Learning, Training &Development Engineering & Operations, Strategic Relationships, Boeing
Jose Ramos, Chief Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
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, Structural Damage Technology, Boeing
Professor, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington
Co-Director, Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures
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Expand your professional expertise in aerospace engineering. Choose to specialize in controls, fluids, structures or composites as part of this program.
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