WHAT IS ADVANCED COMPOSITES?
The Advanced Composite program at Enterprise State Community College prepares students to work in industries such as aerospace, automotive, bridge building, marine, sporting goods, and parts assembly. This program introduces basic composite materials, techniques, and procedures and progresses through advanced composite skills. Students will demonstrate industry standards concerning safety, composite terminology, hand lay-ups, and composite inspection and repair. Students who complete this program will be prepared for entry-level employment as composite technicians.
ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Using your lower back and stomach
Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Keeping your arm or hand steady
Noticing when problems happen
Seeing details up close
WHAT JOBS CAN I GET?
Marine, aerospace, transportation, construction, energy, and sports equipment represent some of the industries where composites are used. The growing demand for stronger, lighter and more efficient building materials is driving the demand for skilled composite technicians who can work with these new materials and processes.
Successful graduates of this program may find employment opportunities in the following areas:
Composite lab technicians
Composite lab testing specialists
Composite manufacturing technicians
Aircraft manufacturing and repair
Watercraft manufacturing and repair
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
If you are looking for a new, growing, and exciting field of study, a career in the field of Composites Manufacturing may be just what you are looking for! This curriculum provides training in various composite (reinforcing fiber in a polymer matrix) processing and testing methods. It will prepare individuals for employment by teaching them to utilize the latest technologies in composite processing and testing.
Coursework in the composites program includes the processing and design of composite structures and composite materials testing. Processes include compression molding, vacuum-assisted transfer molding, and resin transfer molding. Testing includes impact, shear, compression, flexure, and tension tests based on anisotropic (dependent on the direction of the material) theory and stress analysis. Emphasis is placed on demonstration and identification of the layup process, vacuum bag schedules, and equipment operations involved in the manufacturing of various composite material combinations.
Upon completion, students will be able to fabricate, repair, and fasten composite structures to meet blueprint specifications as well as perform testing of the structures using specialized equipment. Composites are increasingly being used in aircraft, the automotive industry, watercraft, manufacturing, and other areas such as various sporting goods.
Students work toward taking American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) certification exams – the standard for composites credentialing.
For more information, please contact:
Stan Smith– AAC Campus Director
Phone: 334-347-2623 x3683
Complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.