Composite Materials Technology

Course Descriptions
Certificate of Program Completion (Catalog Year: 2018)

COMP 0000 - Composite Materials Technology Orientation 0 Hours
 
COMP 1010 - Composite Basics 45 Hours
This course introduces students to the basic materials, tools, vocabulary, and safety practices used in the composites industry. Students will learn about various composite materials, chemicals, tools, and the procedures and processes of fabrication. Students will also learn proper shop etiquette and cleaning.  
BTEC 1030 - Operating Systems and Email Applications 30 Hours
In this course students will learn essential skills needed to successfully use a computer in school and at work. They will learn how to maneuver within the Windows environment through hands-on activities; including, launching programs, working with windows and the taskbar to enable multitasking, customizing the desktop, and managing files. Students will learn to use both a USB drive and the cloud for file storage. Finally, students will learn how to use the Internet to efficiently search for information on the Web and send and receive email.  
BTEC 1031 - Word Processing Fundamentals 30 Hours
Students will learn to create, format, and save documents. They will also learn to use the Help feature, the spelling and grammar checker, the format painter, styles, and how to copy and move text in order to produce and enhance business documents.  
COMP 1055 - Mold Preparation and Tooling 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn the importance of molds and the part they play in shaping composite materials. Students will learn about the various mold release agents used throughout the Composites industry. Students will also learn the different mold release application methods. Students will become familiar with applying mold release agents and use these skills on the first mold they will be using for their first composite part.  
MATH 1000 - Math I 60 Hours
Students apply the correct mathematical operation to solve practical problems. Students use whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents to solve practical problems. Students are introduced to the basics of measurement, geometry, averages, probability, patterns and simple equations.  
COMP 1155 - Non-Vacuum and Vacuum Bag Fabrication 60 Hours
During this course, students will learn the terminology associated with non-vacuum and vacuum bag fabrication. Students will then learn about the reinforcement fabrics and resins common to the Composites industry. Students will become familiar in selecting appropriate materials, proper mixing of matrix materials, and vacuum bag and non-vacuum processes. Students will then demonstrate their acquired skills by producing Composite parts with non-vacuum and vacuum processing techniques.  
COMP 1210 - Prepreg Material Laminations 45 Hours
Students in this course will learn about prepreg materials used in advanced composites. Student will also cover terminology, manufacture, storage and handling, hand lay-up, oven and autoclave curing.  
COMP 1400 - Core Materials 45 Hours
This course will cover the various core materials used in the composite industry. Students will learn to identify these materials, their uses, and applications, as well as demonstrate proficiency by constructing several core structures.  
COMP 1320 - Composite Repair 45 Hours
In this course, students will learn basic composite repair methods. Students will cover repair assessment, types of damage and repair, replacing damaged composite material, and part reconstruction. Students will then demonstrate their competency by repairing some of their previously built composite parts.  
COMP 1550 - Advanced Composite Repair 45 Hours
Students in this course will cover repair procedures specific to advanced composites. Students will learn how the term “advanced” applies to composite materials that have superior strength and stiffness, like carbon fiber and Aramid. Students will demonstrate proper structural repairs as they apply to advanced composite repair.  
COMP 1611 - Part Finish 45 Hours
In Part Finish, the steps necessary to produce a finished Composites part ready for final assembly will be explained . Students will explore surface preparation, sanding techniques, and priming and painting Composites parts. Students will demonstrate competency in composites part finish by applying acquired skills to completely finish their previously constructed parts.  
DRFT 1045 - Blueprint Reading 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn basic blueprint reading skills. Standard industrial practices will be applied on one or more industrial drawings. Principles and applications of the following will be used: lettering, orthographic, oblique, isometric, dimensioning, sectioning, and auxiliary views.  
COMP 1710 - Blueprint Reading for Composites 30 Hours
Blueprint Reading for Composites is designed to introduce students to blueprint symbols, documentation, and part orientation, as they relate to composite manufacturing and fabrication. In this course, blueprint interpretation will be practiced through hands-on projects.  
COMP 1750 - Introduction to CAD 30 Hours
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to computer aided design (CAD). Students will explore how to draw 2 dimensional figures with CAD software. Students will demonstrate competency in CAD systems by creating a 2 dimensional drawing that can be used with the waterjet cutter or Gerber cutting table.  
COMP 1810 - Composite Machining 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn many aspects of machining composite materials. The basic tools for machining will be covered first, then followed by more advanced machining with the waterjet cutter. Students will also become fluent in the terminology and vocabulary associated with machining composites. Students will then demonstrate their competency by machining some of their previously made parts with specialized tools and then by using the waterjet cutting machine.  
WKSK 1400 - Workplace Relations 60 Hours
This course will help you develop essential human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. It includes familiarization with problematic areas found in the workforce including: presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, winning at office politics, and planning and managing your career.  
COMP 1910 - Composite Part Testing 45 Hours
Students in this course will fabricate a structure made from composite materials. Students will develop a working set of drawings for a bridge of their own design. Students will then fabricate that design with strength to weight being the main objective.  
COMP 2010 - Alternative Composite Processes 45 Hours
In this course, students will learn the various methods used in fabricating composite parts. Students will also learn the tools, materials, and equipment used in alternative processing, as well as utilizing 3D printing to build a composite mold.  
COMP 2110 - Filament Winding 30 Hours
In this course, students will learn the basics of operating the fiber filament winding machine. This will include loading/unloading mandrels, operating the filament winder software, and safety issues associated with this type of equipment. Students will learn the process of making a part, using correct lay-up procedures, fiber orientations, and tool preparation. Students will then demonstrate their competency by building an approved composite part with the filament winder.  
WKSK 1500 - Job Seeking Skills 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn to prepare and successfully apply to potential career opportunities. Students will be presented with essential job-seeking skills needed to find gainful employment.  
COMP 2210 - Autoclave Processing 30 Hours
In this course, students will learn the basics of how an autoclave operates, including the physical operations of the autoclave, the software which runs it, and safety issues associated with this type of equipment. Students will learn the terminology associated with autoclave operation. Students will also learn autoclave programming to the extent of being able to successfully cure a composite part. Students will demonstrate their competency by curing a predefined solid composite laminate then a predefined composite laminate with core materials.  
COMP 2500 - Composite Materials Technology Final Project 60 Hours
Students in this course will complete a composite material build, including: project planning, materials arrangement, construction, and completion while meeting agreed upon specifications and time limitations. Before beginning the final project, students must submit blueprints of their final project, which must receive approval from instructor.  
COMP 2805 - Special Projects I 15 Hours
This course provides students a 15 hour opportunity to continue to develop their skills in Composite Materials. Coursework will consist of instructional activity and/or a significant professional project that is logically consistent with the content of the student’s program of study or a special project guided and evaluated by a member of the Composite Materials Technology faculty.