Certificate in Modern Aircraft Structures

Analyze and Design Cutting-Edge Aircraft


Program Details

  • Location: Boeing Renton
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $8,750

Next start date

October 2, 2017

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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 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.

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what you'll learn

  • Fundamentals of structural analysis and design, computational methods, and fatigue and fracture analysis
  • FEM theory and applications
  • Configuration and load paths
  • Aspects of external and internal loads, metallics, composites and material selection
  • Fundamental principles of failure investigation, analysis methods, fracture mechanics and types of fatigue

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.

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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.

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