Composites

An increasing number of manufacturers rely on composites to create their products. Composite materials appear in cars, tub and shower surfaces, and sporting goods equipment. Manufacturers of modern aircraft are particularly dependent on composite materials. Composite materials offer a unique set of properties that other materials cannot provide. They offer excellent strength, stiffness, and durability, and they manage this without adding any significant weight.

These classes explain the material properties of traditional and advanced composites, as well as the processes used to create products from these materials. The class content first addresses the material composition, resins, and reinforcement materials of traditional and advanced composites and also surveys the most common composite processes used in manufacturing facilities. Intermediate-classes provide a “how to” approach for vacuum bagging and also focus on inspecting and repairing composite parts.


Class Functional Area Format Difficulty Version Department
12
Classes 1 to 10 of 16
Intro to Composites 110

This class covers the basic materials used to make composites, how composites are processed, and the applications of composites in various markets.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Safety for Composite Processing 115

This class teaches operators how to protect themselves from illness and injury when working with composites. You will also learn how to store and discard hazardous materials. Finally, you will learn about the agencies that develop and regulate workplace safety ...

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Overview of Composite Processes 120

This class covers the basic methods for processing composites, as well as some of the materials used for these processes.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Traditional Composites 125

This class covers the materials commonly used to create resins and reinforcements for traditional composites. It also describes the basic characteristics of polymers.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Advanced Thermoset Resins for Composites 130

This class covers the thermoset resins commonly used to create advanced composite parts, as well as their properties and general considerations for material selection.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Advanced Materials for Composites 135

This class covers the thermoplastic and non-polymeric resins used to create advanced composite parts, as well as the materials used to create high-performance fiber reinforcements.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Intro to Lay-up and Spray-up Molding 140

This class covers lay-up and spray-up molding of traditional fiberglass composites.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Intro to Compression Molding 170

This class will teach you about the compression molding process, as well as the materials and equipment associated with it.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Surface Finishing Composites 190

Understanding how to finish the surface of a composite part helps an operator create parts that meet the demands of the customer. This class will teach you about surface finishing operations for composite parts.

Composites Processing Online Beginner 1.0 Composites
Vacuum Bagging Technique: Single-sided Bagging 230

This class covers basic procedures for performing single-sided vacuum bagging. It also covers general safety precautions and strategies for preventing common problems.

Composites Processing Online Intermediate 1.0 Composites
FormatFunctional AreaDepartment IDDepartmentClass IDClass NameDescriptionDifficultyVersionLanguageRelated Classes
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750110 Intro to Composites 110 This class covers the basic materials used to make composites, how composites are processed, and the applications of composites in various markets.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750115 Safety for Composite Processing 115 This class teaches operators how to protect themselves from illness and injury when working with composites. You will also learn how to store and discard hazardous materials. Finally, you will learn about the agencies that develop and regulate workplace safety standards.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750120 Overview of Composite Processes 120 This class covers the basic methods for processing composites, as well as some of the materials used for these processes.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750125 Traditional Composites 125 This class covers the materials commonly used to create resins and reinforcements for traditional composites. It also describes the basic characteristics of polymers.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750130 Advanced Thermoset Resins for Composites 130 This class covers the thermoset resins commonly used to create advanced composite parts, as well as their properties and general considerations for material selection.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750135 Advanced Materials for Composites 135 This class covers the thermoplastic and non-polymeric resins used to create advanced composite parts, as well as the materials used to create high-performance fiber reinforcements.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750140 Intro to Lay-up and Spray-up Molding 140 This class covers lay-up and spray-up molding of traditional fiberglass composites.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750170 Intro to Compression Molding 170 This class will teach you about the compression molding process, as well as the materials and equipment associated with it.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750190 Surface Finishing Composites 190 Understanding how to finish the surface of a composite part helps an operator create parts that meet the demands of the customer. This class will teach you about surface finishing operations for composite parts.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750230 Vacuum Bagging Technique: Single-sided Bagging 230 This class covers basic procedures for performing single-sided vacuum bagging. It also covers general safety precautions and strategies for preventing common problems.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750240 Composite Inspection and Defect Prevention 240 This class describes common methods for inspecting composites and preventing defects.Beginner1.0English
OnlineComposites Processing750Composites750250 Repair Methods for Composites 250 This class covers basic procedures and best practices for repairing composites, as well as the structure of composite laminates and sandwich panels.Advanced1.0English
Instructor-LedComposites Processing750Composites917100 Introduction to Composites This course is designed for the student who has little or no prior experience with composite materials and processes. It is also an excellent refresher for those who have some experience in this area. In this course we introduce a variety of composite materials, forms, processes, laminate design ideas, and basic construction and manufacturing principles.  English
Instructor-LedComposites Processing750Composites917101 Joining and Bonding Composite Structures This course is designed for the student who wants to learn more about joining and bonding advanced composite structures. This course assumes that the student has some experience with composites materials or has attended the Introduction to Composites course as a prerequisite. In this course we examine different materials, methods, hardware, methods, and techniques employed in bonding and fastening composite structures.  English
Instructor-LedComposites Processing750Composites917103 Repair of Advanced Composite Structures This course covers the basic requirements for assessing damage and repairing advanced composite structures. It is designed for the student that has some experience with composites materials or has attended the Introduction to Composites course as a prerequisite. This course examines different materials, methods, and techniques employed in damage assessment, removal and permanent reconstruction of damaged composite structures.  English
Instructor-LedComposites Processing750Composites917104 Tooling for Composites This course is designed for the student who is interested in designing or building tooling for composites. The course assumes that the attendee has some experience with composite materials or has previously attended the Introduction to Composites course as a prerequisite. In this course we explore the many types tools used for manufacturing composite panels (and assemblies), as well as those used in the fabrication of the tools themselves. A thorough examination of tooling materials and properties is addressed.  English