The Office for Workforce, Professional & Community Education in partnership with Wichita State University's College of Engineering and National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) offers a number of non-credit short courses each year to professional engineers. These courses are designed for the engineering professional who has a degree but seeks specific knowledge in a variety of specialized topic areas. A mixture of online and in person courses are available.

Composite Manufacturing Technology (CMfgT) Course

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Composite Structural Engineering Technology (CSET) Course

Course Description: This course covers the essential topics pertaining to composites engineering. Its contents provide students with composites engineering process framework through course materials and practical applications through online discussions. Topics include engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, and certification of composite materials associated with civil aircraft structures. The course is organized in accordance with FAA AC 20-107B (Composite Aircraft Structure) and emphasizes various safety issues related to composite materials and structures.

This course was developed through the collaboration of Wichita State University, industry subject matter experts and the FAA. The course is taught online, includes all teaching materials and features real-world discussions facilitated by subject matter experts and FAA representatives. Depending on prior knowledge and experience, students will spend up to ten hours per week reviewing materials, participating in online discussions and testing their knowledge. A two-day hands-on lab is provided in Wichita, Kansas.

After finishing a one-week period of self-study of fundamental composites and successfully completing an examination, students proceed to more advanced topics through an on-line, interactive learning experience via Blackboard. Teaching methodology includes online discussions facilitated by subject matter experts, relevant documentation, and audio/visual aids. The course will include a two-day hands-on laboratory, which is optional but recommended.

Intended Audience:

  • All professionals responsible for the engineering of composites, including individuals with a wide range of background in composites technology prior to taking this course.
  • FAA Directorate/ACO engineers, international civilaviation authorities, and industry designees who participate in the certification of composite structures.
  • Engineers at aerospace companies who are involved in designing and analyzing composite structures.

Course Delivery Method: Online with an optional hands on lab

Course Length: Approximately 12 weeks

Course Start Dates: September 2, 2016

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