Engineering Technology - Composites - AAS

Enroll in BTC’s new Engineering Technology – Composites program to learn in-demand skills you can put to use as an assembler, fabricator, machine operator, production worker, or supervisor in leading industries, such as aerospace and industrial manufacturing. Building on a core academic curriculum, you’ll learn to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to engineering support functions in research, production and operations.

By specializing in composites and process engineering, you’ll be prepared to fill a growing need for skilled composites technicians. Plus, with transferable core classes in math, science, communications, and technical writing, you’ll be well positioned to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete your bachelor’s degree in engineering or advanced manufacturing.

Employment Information

$60,694 starting annual wage
$79,144 average annual wage
$92,331 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Wages:
    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( esd.wa.gov) reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 75th percentile

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

  • Academic Core

  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 CR
  • OR
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 CR
  • AND
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 CR
  • OR higher Calculus
  • CHEM& 121Introduction to Chemistry5 CR
  • or higher Chemistry
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 CR
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 CR
  • OR
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 CR
  • OR
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 CR
  • OR
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 CR

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    20 CR
  • Engineering Core

  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 CR
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 CR
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 CR
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 CR

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    17 CR
  • Composites Core

  • COMP 101Survey of Composites2 CR
  • COMP 121Composite Design & Fabrication I5 CR
  • COMP 222Composite Design & Fabrication II5 CR
  • COMP 235Inspect, Test & Repair5 CR
  • COMP 290Tool Design5 CR
  • ENGT 233Intro To CATIA5 CR
  • MACH 191Manual Machining for non-Majors5 CR
  • MACH 193CNC Machining for non-Majors5 CR

  • TOTAL Composites Core Course Credits
    37 CR
  • Engineering Electives

  • Any CENG, ENET, ENGR, ENGT, or COMP course 100-level or higher
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 CR
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 CR
  • MATH& 163Calculus 35 CR
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 CR
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 CR
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 CR
  • PHYS& 114General Physics I w/lab5 CR
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 CR
  • PHYS& 222Engineering Physics II w/Lab5 CR
  • PHYS& 223Engineering Physics III w/Lab5 CR
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 CR
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 CR

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    16 CR

Program Outcomes

  • Create and navigate Composite Engineering Drawings: 1) Create and interpret Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) callouts.

  • Use 3D parametric modeling to design and fabricate composite parts: 1) Employ wet layup, vacuum infusion, and pre-preg techniques; 2) Apply strategic fiber placement and orientation; 3) Utilize drape forming, elevated temperature, and pressure forming techniques; 4) Monitor and control process factors that affect the final product; 4a) Bagging schedules, temperature, pressure; 5) Utilize honeycomb, wood, and foam cores.

  • Design and fabricate parts using manual and CNC machines: 1) Utilize CAD/CAM software to generate 2D and 3D tool paths for CNC Routers, Mills and Lathes.

  • Utilize Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) in Composites: 1) Utilize ultrasonic inspection for Quality Assurance; 2) Evaluate damage in composites, and perform scarf repairs.

  • Perform Finite Element Analysis: 1) Design experiments utilizing destructive testing with different resin systems, fiber types and orientation; 2) Evaluate stress, strain, and deflection levels under axial loads, tensile, compression, and shear loads.

Employment Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to increase. Job openings for assemblers and fabricators, machine operators, and production workers and supervisors vary according to occupational specialty.

The average annual wage for this field is $79,144, with an earning potential of $92,331 per year. *

Potential positions for Composites graduates include:

  • CAD/CAM CNC Programmer (both clean room and post cure)
  • CNC machine operator (both clean room and post cure)
  • Non-destructive testing machine operator, ultra-sound tester (NDT)
  • Metrologist (Coordinate measuring machine operator (CMM))
  • Manufacturing planner
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Lab testing technician / material science / Destructive materials tester (load testing)

Composites graduates have the potential to enter the following fabrication industries:

  • Aerospace, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Automotive, Mass Transit
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Wind Energy

Faculty & Support

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Peter Morgan
Composites Engineering Technology