Public Short Courses for Engineers



The Office of Continuing Education in partnership with Wichita State University's College of Engineering and National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) offers a number of non-credit short courses each year to professional engineers. These courses are designed for the engineering professional who has a degree but seeks specific knowledge in a variety of specialized topic areas.  A mixture of online and in person courses are available. 

Basic Composites for Engineers

Course Description: This is an introductory course for engineers who have little or no experience with composite materials.  The course includes an introduction to a broad spectrum of topics rather than placing an emphasis on a single topic.

Intended Audience: This course is intended for practicing engineers with a basic knowledge of mechanics of materials (or strength of materials). The course provides an overview of a broad range of introductory topics in the field of fiber reinforced composites.

Course Delivery Method: Online

Course Length: This course is approximately 60 hours of instruction.  Students have 60 days to complete the online course. 

Course Start Dates: ongoing, access is granted once registration and payment is received.

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Composite Structural Engineering Technology (CSET) Course

Course Description: This course will provide students with an awareness of safety issues related to engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, and certification of composite materials associated with civil aircraft structures, in accordance with AC 20-107B (Composite Aircraft Structure). This course was developed in collaboration with Wichita State University, key industry experts, and the Federal Aviation Administration. After finishing a 1-week period of self-study of fundamental composites and successfully completing an examination, students study more advanced topics during an on-line, interactive learning experience via Blackboard. Teaching methodology includes online discussions facilitated by subject matter experts, relevant documentation, and audio/visual aids. Depending on prior knowledge and experience, students will spend up to ten hours per week reviewing materials, participating in online discussions, and testing their knowledge. The course will include a 2.5-day hands-on laboratory, which is optional but highly recommended.

Intended Audience:

  • FAA Directorate/ACO engineers & industry designees participating in the certification of composite structures.
  • Engineers at aerospace companies who are involved in designing and analyzing composite structures
  • International Civil Aviation Authorities and their designees responsible for certification of composite structures

Course Delivery Method: Online with an optional hands on lab

Course Length: Approximately 12 weeks 

Course Start Dates: 1st Monday in March and 1st Tuesday in September

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High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Course

Course Description: This course will provide students with an awareness of all aspects for systems and HIRF testing as a route to compliance.  It will include topics such as aircraft certification and testing, design issues, pitfalls and problems, and an overview of lightning requirements and design. 
Intended Audience: Engineers and technicians involved in aircraft HIRF certification

Course Delivery Method: in person

Course Length: Approximately 3 ½ days

Course Dates: October 28-31

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