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Composites

Composite technologies are rapidly evolving and many industry sectors have a growing need for knowledgeable Composites Technicians. There are opportunities for careers in aviation, marine, ground transportation, sporting equipment, construction, consumer goods and medical device industries.


The Lamborghini Aventador and the Boeing Dreamliner

Our four college team has created a project-based modular curriculum to support composites technician training.

Clover Park Technical College and South Seattle Community College contribute experience in advanced composites for aviation and a curriculum initially developed in collaboration with the Boeing Company. Roane State Community College, with facilities located at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, brings expertise in carbon fiber technologies and materials sciences. Cuyahoga Community College provides extensive experience in machining; a critical skill for the precise manufacture of complex shapes, tooling and molds necessary for composite manufacture.

Two new NSC Certificate Pathways prepare individuals to work safely & successfully at entry level positions in manufacturing and industrial environments which include composites materials.

The Need

The American composites industry is made up of approximately 3,000 companies. In the U.S. it employs more than a half-million people in all 50 states and generates almost $70 billion in revenues annually.
-American Composites Manufacturers Association

Designed with industry and students in mind:

All students learn foundational skills in drawings, math, communication, professionalism, physics, chemistry, materials & processes, hand tools, pneumatic tools, power tools & safety. They often use examples from employer partners and work to be ready to pass rigorous employment tests and employer interview standards. As they gain skills the students progress into more specialized-training pathways to assure they master the needed skills, knowledge and abilities of their region’s employers.

Specific Occupations

“Composites Fabrication, Assembly and Repair” - students work with the materials that create composite structures, such as carbon fiber fabric and epoxy resins in order to learn to assemble and repair composites structures.

Some occupation descriptions are available via Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the nation’s primary source of occupational information.

Job titles vary. In this rapidly expanding field one important skill is to follow your industry of interest and learn which job names fit your skills. Other job titles include; Kitting technician, Composites technician, Assembly technician, Repair technician, Fabricator technician, and Laminator technician. Job search, education and employment strategies are embedded in our training.

“CNC Machining, Tooling & Injection Molding” - students learn to operate the machines such as CNC or injection molding equipment that create the tooling or specialized parts required to create composites structures.

For more detailed information about employment trends, wage rates, employment opportunities, job tasks, etc. search the websites listed below:

Curriculum

Built for student success:

With an eye on employment and long-term careers, the pathways emphasize the applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills necessary to start a career in composites. Students are provided with the training necessary to get a job, keep a job, or get a better job throughout their working lives.

Track A - Composites Fabrication, Assembly and Repair

Graduates of the program taking appropriate General Education requirements may earn an academic certificate and advance toward an Associate's Degree.

We cover the following learning outcomes:

Developmental math, communication, and professionalism modules developed by the NSC STEM Bridge Team may be taught separately or using NSC-designed hybrid-online General Education classes for Math, English, Professionalism and Psychology. These classes are designed to complement the technical training.

Track B - CNC Machining and Composites Manufacturing

Contact Us

For more information, see the Composites Materials Technology section of the “Contact Us” page.