COMP100–Introduction to Composites (3 credits = 4 hours of lecture/lab per week = 64hours of classroom time/ semester). Thiscourse is a broad overview of the materials and processes used in thecomposites industry. The definition ofcomposites for this course is a polymer matrix and reinforcement. Students experience hands on vacuum infusionexperiments, visit real world manufacturing facilities, as well as preliminarytesting protocols for materials control.
COMP150–Composite Materials ( 3 credits = 4 hours of lecture/lab per week = 64 hours ofclassroom time/ semester). This courseutilizes A. Brent Strong’s textbook “Fundamentals of CompositesManufacturing - Materials, Methods, andApplications”. This is an in depthcourse on Composite Materials. Approximatelythe first 12 weeks of lecture are focused on the polymer matrix systems. This includes standard thermosets(unsaturated polyesters, Vinyl esters), specialty thermoset polymers(phenolics, urethanes, imides, epoxies), and thermoplastics polymersystems. The remainder of the semester is focused onthe reinforcements.
COMP105 –ClosedMold Manufacturing (4 credits = 2 hours of lecture/4 hours of lab per week = 96hours of classroom time / semester). This course also utilizes the A. Brent Strong textbook listed inCOMP150. The lab section of this coursefocuses on mold repair and preparation, multi-dimensional part infusion, moldmanufacturing, and the successful preparation of the student to be able to takeand pass the CCT test in Vacuum Infusion (included in course). The lecture portion of this course discussesall the different processes of closed mold manufacturing.
COMP110–Composite Repair (2 credits = 3hours of lecture/lab per week = 48 hours ofclassroom time / semester). Utilizes the book, “Essentials of AdvancedComposite Fabrication & Repair”. Students will learn how to assess the damage of a composite part andthen select and demonstrate the proper repair methodology. A course outcome will be the hands onapplication of techniques for damage removal, various methods of structuralrepair, and finally, finishing the repaired part.
COMP115–Composite Layup (3 credits = 3 hours of lecture in a computer lab per week = 48hours of classroom time / semester). This course will be a combination of AEDD105(CAD) and industry specific applications for interpreting basic technicaldrawings in 2-D CAD software, 3-D parametric modeling software, and surfacemodeling software. Students will learnthe basic use of CAD software and be able to utilize specific industry examplesof part construction and layout to allow them to interpret intricate compositepart drawings, and make changes and updates to drawings. The ability to extract data and informationabout the designs from the various file types is a key deliverable.
COMP160 –FundamentalsofQuality & Testing (3 credits= 4 hours of lecture/lab per week = 64 hours of classroom time/ semester). Students will learn and apply standardmethods for testing composites using both destructive and non-destructive testmethods. Students will learn thedevelopment of industry standards (ISO9000, QS9001) as well as write standardoperating procedures. Students willexamine current quality control theories and best practices to gain anunderstanding of continuous quality improvement methods (CQI). Concepts ofquality control and quality assurance will be discussed and the standardengineering problem solving tools will be utilized to developed industry transferablecontinuous quality improvement methodologies and monitoring performancemeasures.
MTSC100 –Introduction to Materials Science (3 credits = 4 hours of lecture/lab perweek = 64 hours of classroom time/ semester). This course utilizes 2 textbooks, “Strength of Materials”, “and The NewScience of Strong Materials or Why You Don’t Fall Through the Floor”. Students will incorporate elements ofapplied physics and chemistry to explore the mechanical and physical propertiesof metals, ceramic, concrete, and wood. Basic theoretical principles will provide the understanding of thebehavior of materials, and enable the student to predict properties. Students will demonstrate a workingvocabulary of terms used in materials science.
COMP200 - Advanced Composite Processes (3 credits= 4 hours of lecture/lab per week = 64 hours of classroom time/ semester). This is an advanced level course wherestudents will explore both the concepts and processes required for filamentwinding, pultrusion, thermoplastic molding, compression molding and autoclaveapplications for vacuum infusion including prepreg processing. Processes that do not exist at the collegewill be demonstrated at partnering Composites Industry companies (ex.Pultrusion at Harbor Technologies LLC). Application science for each process will bediscussed and explored. Non-destructive,advanced performance characterization tools will be utilized to enhance thestudents understanding of composite part uniformity.
COMP205 - Polymer Technology (3 credits = 4 hoursof lecture/lab per week = 64 hours of classroom time/ semester). This course isthe next iterative level of polymer science from the COMP150 course given insemester 2. Polymer structure,synthesis, and design for product/ process application will be discussed andexplored. The broad range of thermosetand thermoplastic chemistries will be highlighted with a focus on both interand intra molecular behavior of polymers in composite applications. Additional emphasis will be focused on exploringthe use of analytical tools from the Composites Engineering Research Laboratoryto characterize performance and understand the behavior of these polymericsystems.
COMP210 LeanManufacturing (3 credits = 4 hours of lecture/lab per week = 64 hours ofclassroom time/ semester). Leanmanufacturing is the process of continuous quality improvement to optimizeproductivity and reduce waste in a manufacturing process. Students will followa course of study, case studies from local companies, hands-on practicalapplications and simulations, and Lean experimentation to learn and practiceLean thinking and techniques Engineering statistics will be utilized to modelthe performance of the process (Statistical Process Control – SPC) and thenapply engineering problem solving tools to characterize and interpret themeaningfulness of improvement opportunities.
COMP250 – CompositeInternship- (3 credit minimum –includes 180 hours of work experience). The End-of-Program Internship is an on-the-job training opportunity ,providing the student with work experience in an area of Composites Technologyor related manufacturing experience of specific interest to the student, andmutually beneficial to the employer. Thestudent is primarily responsible to the employer for the various workresponsibilities established, and is also responsible to the course instructorto complete specific objectives necessary to satisfy the requirements forstudent evaluation.