Applied Science and Manufacturing in Aerospace
Advanced Aerospace Composites Manufacturing
|ADVANCED COMPOSITES - DESIGN, MANUFACTURE, AND ENGINEERING
Leading-Edge Composite Design, Manufacturing and Repair
* The course name was recently changed *
Due to the major increase in content, we felt it was best to change the name to something more fitting. This course still includes the same Edmonds Community College Composites Technician Certificate course that Damian has taught for many years but now with a much broader and current scope.
NOTE - This is NOT the snowboard class.
A few bullet points to help potential students:
- This is an entry level class but continues well past the basics
- Our students are typically Boeing technicians and engineers but individuals from all fields are welcome.
- This course was primarily developed for people looking for career in aerospace composites or to further their existing career.
- This is not an online or "hybrid" class where you work at home. Classes are in person and very hands-on.
- Damian has been teaching composites and manufacturing technology for many years; always closely involved with those in aerospace.
Damian Cianci and his team instruct 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.
Important points for those looking to enroll:
Entry level course - No prerequisites
Several Labs - Almost daily - Lecture and labs integrated
Class usually meets twice a week - 3 hour sessions - day and night classes often available.
COMPOSITES TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE
(The basic college certificate program)
Introduction to Composites Materials
Wet Hand Lay-up, Vacuum Bagging, Ply Cutting, Autoclaves and Ovens
Liquid Composite or Infusion Molding
Filament Winding and Automated Tape Lay-Up
Compression Molding and Pultrusion
Classification of Damage
Inspection and Documentation of Damage
ADVANCED COMPOSITE FABRICATION AND REPAIR
Continuing beyond the skills and methods learned in the introductory certification section, students learn about integrating technologies, cutting edge materials, new processes, advanced skills and principles.
Objectives and Labs:
Product Lifecycle Management
How this pervades all levels of manufacturing
Basic math skills
Math applied to real shop needs (Addition, subtraction, fractions, ratios)
Further mold making techniques
With and without vacuum bag
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)
Mold post preparation (primarily for use with cheaper tooling)
MDF – sanding and epoxy finish
Foam – fiberglass coating and polishing
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
Vacuum infuse a 3 ply carbon fiber panel
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
Laminate ply sanding practice
Honeycomb floor panel repair
More use of hot bonders
No prior experience in composites is needed in order to enroll in this course. Since some of the reference material is online, students should have a computer with Internet access.
To Register: Make payment online and complete a credit registration form. E-mail form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 425-267-5749. (form found left side of page)