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Course Catalog > Composites Manufacturing


Leading-Edge Composite Design, Manufacturing and Repair

* Coming soon, our program name will be changing *
Advanced Composites - Design Manufacture and Engineering (DME)

Due to the major increase in content, we felt it was best to change the name to something more fitting.

Damian Cianci instructs this robust training course to educate students in the advanced principles used throughout the composite industry. Located in the heart of Northwest aerospace, Damian has been proud to work with all the local technicians and engineers for many years.

The Composite Technician Certificate was developed many years ago and we use this as our starting point to provide a great introduction into the field. The certificate covers all the important basics regarding composites manufacturing and repair. We quickly move beyond this into advanced materials and methods used throughout much of the industry. For training material we closely follow the FAA guidelines but have many other valuable sources as well. The majority of our students in the various Applied Science and Manufacturing courses are aerospace employed technicians and engineers they bring to us current and specific knowledge of processes and materials used throughout the area. Beyond that, we continually look into other fields besides aerospace to see what their challenges are. Marine and automotive are big players but with the continued technology expansion and new companies in the game, knowledge and creative uses of composite materials are spreading fast.

Damian continually develops this course as new technology emerges. He's has been teaching technology and manufacturing courses with the college for over fourteen years and his delivery of this program has received many accolades from the aerospace community and has helped many students find employment in the aerospace composite field.

For several years this course has met all the prerequisites (Green lights) for the Boeing composite repair job and is listed as acceptable training for the Boeing composite apprenticeship program.

Important points for those looking to enroll:

Entry level course - No prerequisites
Several Labs - Almost daily - Lecture and labs integrated
Class meets twice a week - 3 hour sessions - day and night classes

The Objectives:


Introduction to Composites Materials

      Unit 1: Why Composites?
      Unit 2: Fibers
      Unit 3: Resins
      Unit 4: Core
      Unit 5: The Interface and Surface Preparation
      Unit 6: Safe Handling of Materials
      Unit 7: MSDS


      Unit 1: Wet Hand Lay-up, Vacuum Bagging, Ply Cutting, Autoclaves and Ovens
      Unit 2: Liquid Composite or Infusion Molding
      Unit 3: Filament Winding and Automated Tape Lay-Up
      Unit 4: Compression Molding and Pultrusion
      Unit 5: Safety


      Unit 1: Classification of Damage
      Unit 2: Inspection and Documentation of Damage
      Unit 3: Repair Techniques
      Unit 4: Advanced Repair Techniques


This course goes beyond the skills and methods learned in the introductory certification section to include any new technologies, methods and advanced skills

Objectives and Labs:

Product Lifecycle Management
    How this pervades all levels of manufacturing

Basic math skills
    Algebra, trigonometry, fractions, ratios
         Math applied to real shop needs

Further mold making techniques
           With and without vacuum bag
     Molding plaster
     Polyurethane (foam and solid)
     Aluminum (CNC milled)

Introduction to CATIA and 3D Modeling
     Used to design tooling for composite mold making

CNC tooling (mold making)
     Millable wax

Mold post preparation (primarily for use with cheaper tooling)
     MDF – sanding and epoxy finish
     Foam – fiberglass coating and polishing

Laminate Labs
     Comparison of various laminate structures
         Core vs no core
     Material comparison – carbon, aramid, glass
     Ply orientation comparison
     Stress analysis of all these structures
         Longitudinal deflection, compression, torsion, shear, peal, and tension
     Bring to failure and save broken parts for later lab

Infusion labs
     Vacuum infuse a 3 ply carbon fiber panel
     Save part for later lab

Filament winding / roll wrapping lab
     Use a small 3D printed tool to make a filament wound part

Honeycomb with carbon fiber prepreg lab
     Manufacture a small floor panel
     Hot bonder programming and operation
     Save part for later lab

Repair labs
     Laminate ply sanding practice
         Use pieces of the infusion lab panel
     Damage repair
         Repair all broken coupons from the laminate lab
     Honeycomb floor panel repair
         Use part from lab
         More use of hot bonders


No prior experience in composites is needed in order to enroll in this course. Since some of the material is online, students are expected to have a computer with Internet access and current software updates.

To Register: Make payment online and complete a credit registration form. E-mail form to or fax 425-267-5749. (form found left side of page)


Item: M106 Credits: 5.00 DAMIAN CIANCI
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Location: Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center  0110
Sessions: 20 M W 3008 100th ST SW Everett, WA 98204
6/2/2014 - 8/13/2014 Fee: $2,490.00
No class on 6/23 and 6/25


4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Location: Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center  0110
Sessions: 16 M W 3008 100th ST SW Everett, WA 98204
3/31/2014 - 5/21/2014