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Certificate in Modern Aircraft Structures

Analyze and Design Cutting-Edge Aircraft


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $9,250

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About this Program

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll undertake an in-depth study of aircraft design and analysis. You’ll strengthen your core structures competencies and explore the technology of advanced materials, rapidly evolving manufacturing technologies, modern design and analysis trends.

We’ll study the field's most important aspects and the latest developments in areas like evolution of design philosophy, design drivers, trade studies, external and internal loads. You’ll also learn about material selection, design values, static strength of tension, compression and shear structures, joints, fatigue, fracture and repairs. By the end of the program, you’ll have a solid understanding of the ins and outs of the structure of modern aircraft. 


This program is open to Boeing employees only. It is geared to those involved in a range of disciplines, including structures, flight science, loads, manufacturing, liaison and fleet support. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in mechanics of materials.

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what you'll learn

  • Design philosophy, criteria and its evolution
  • Fundamentals of thin-wall structural analysis and design
  • Classical, empirical and computational methods
  • How to create aircraft structures and joints
  • Best practices for durability, fail safety and damage tolerance


You’ll expand your practical skills in modern aircraft structural design through individual and team design projects.

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.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

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