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.
Successful graduates of this program may find employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Composite lab technicians
- Composite lab testing specialists
- Composite manufacturing technicians
- Automotive industry
- Aircraft manufacturing and repair
- Watercraft manufacturing and repair
While the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree can lead to immediate job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) Degree in Industrial Technology with East Carolina University.
Dean of Career Programs
Manufacturing Technology: Composites Instructor/Subject Matter Expert