Composites Technology

High demand for skilled technicians

Composites Technology

High demand for skilled technicians

Composites Technology

High demand for skilled technicians

Composite manufacturing has evolved into a diverse industry and can be found in the marine, aerospace, automotive, construction, and many other industries, creating an expanding wealth of opportunity for talented practitioners.

Program Options

The Composites program at Skagit Valley College is designed to provide a comprehensive education for the next generation of composite technicians. The growing demand for stronger, lighter and more efficient building materials is driving the demand for skilled technicians who can work with these new materials and processes.

Certificate Options
Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technician Certificate
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Composites Repair Technician Micro-Certificate
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Composites Wind Blade Repair Micro-Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
CMPST 121 - Composites Construction and Repair

CMPST 121 - Composites Construction and Repair

(3)
Introduction to fiberglass reinforced plastics with emphasis on chemical safety applicable to poly and vinyl ester resins, solvents, and epoxies. Hands-on training in use of molds, gel coats, release agents, resins, cosmetic color matching and reinforcing materials in hand layup and structural repair. None

CMPST 123 - Composite Vacuum Infusion/Light RTM Process

CMPST 123 - Composite Vacuum Infusion/Light RTM Process

(5)
Introduction to vacuum infused plastics. Training in infusion reinforcements, core identification, infusion equipment usage, manifold systems both flow and feed, flow media, bag building, peel ply installation, resin building and infusion techniques employing reusable B side molds. Training in silicone bag building and their usage along with development of rigid B side molds and their usage in Light Resin Transfer Method. Prerequisite: CMPST 121 or instructor approval.

CMPST 127 - Advanced Composites Construction and Repair

CMPST 127 - Advanced Composites Construction and Repair

(5)
Introduction to advanced composite manufacturing with emphasis on thermoset prepreg technology. Hands-on training in manufacturing with polyesters, vinylester and prepreg’s using common types of advanced fiber reinforcements. Includes preparation for the American Composites Manufacturer’s Association (ACMA) Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) certification exam. None

CMPST 128 - Composites Windblade Construction and Repair

CMPST 128 - Composites Windblade Construction and Repair

(5)
Introduction to composite manufacturing and repair of windblades with emphasis on thermoset prepreg technology. Hands on training in manufacturing and repair using VIP/Vacuum Bagging with proper bleeder schedules, hot-bond repairs/heat blankets, and damage inspection repair techniques. Includes preparation for American Composites Manufacturer’s Association (ACMA) wind blade construction and repair certification exam. None

CMPST 129 - Introduction to Nondestructive Testing

CMPST 129 - Introduction to Nondestructive Testing

(3)
Introduction to nondestructive testing (NDT), nondestructive inspection (NDI), and inspection in fiber reinforced plastics using ultrasonic testing techniques. Includes basic principles of acoustics, equipment, test techniques, calibration, straight and angle beam procedures. Prepares students for NDT/NDI testing for qualification and certification. None

CMPST 130 - Recycling Composites

CMPST 130 - Recycling Composites

(4)
Overview of methods, ideas and concepts for reclamation. Focuses on the recycling of composite material and highlights of waste stream reduction and recycling. Includes the challenges of composites recycling, methods of recycling composites and an opportunity to recycle composite parts or use recycled composite materials to build new composite parts. None

CMPST 220 - Composite Tooling

CMPST 220 - Composite Tooling

(5)
Theory and application of tooling for the composite industry using various forms of medium. In-depth study and hands-on work building both A and rigid B molds using both manual and computer aided development for plug construction. Prerequisite: CMPST 121 and 123 or instructor permission.

Courses List

 

Outcomes

Graduates of the Composites Technology program will be able to:

  • Possess the skills and knowledge required for successful entry-level employment in composite-related industries.
  • Understand the safety hazards and workplace precautions that need to be taken when working with hazardous chemicals typi­cally found in a shop environment.
  • Identify resins, initiators, promoters, solvents and all chemicals by sight, smell and touch, and handle according to established safety standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to correctly apply various types of catalyzed coatings and paints.
  • Demonstrate ability to use the correct technique for repairing a variety of composite structures.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop a full size plug from a scaled draw­ing, and correctly finish the surface using various mediums current to industry standards.
  • Correctly perform contact molding, vacuum bagging tech­niques, out of oven autoclave, oven curing and autoclave mold­ing techniques.
  • Demonstrate silicone bag part building and rigid B side part build­ing techniques using current industry standards.
  • Distinguish and operate support equipment in Closed Cavity and Light Resin Transfer Method.
  • Demonstrate ability to use advanced composite nomenclature related to equipment, tools, accessories, and materials commonly used in the composites workplace.
  • Understand environmental issues related to manufacture and use of composite structures.
  • Understand and follow laws and regulations as they relate to composites certifications.
Program Costs

Program cost information available for Certificate Options only

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