Composite Structural Engineering Technology (CSET) Course

Online and Hands on Training


CSET Lab Work


May 18 - August 28, 2015

June 23 & 24, 2015 (Optional Hands-on Training)


Sponsored by:
Wichita State University Office of Continuing Education,
National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR) &
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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.

Course Objectives

  • Students will describe the essential safety awareness issues associated with composite aircraft structural engineering technologies and their application.
  • Students will describe engineering principles for substantiating composite airframe structures during all stages of aircraft product certification.

Who Should Attend?

  • 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


Students will review summary reading material which encapsulates the basic knowledge of composite materials and structures technology during the first week of the online class, followed by an assessment to measure students understanding of prerequisite content. After completing the online assessment, students are given access to the CSET course.

Course Topics include:

  • Challenges of Composite Applications
  • Design, Material and Fabrication Development
  • Proof of Structure
  • Quality Control of Composite Manufacturing Processes
  • Maintenance Interface Issues
  • Additional Topics (flutter, crashworthiness, fire safety, fuel tank issues, and lightning protection)


May 18- August 28, 2015 (online component- at least 6 hours per week)
June 23 & 24, 2015 (optional hands-on training, onsite component)

Registration Deadline: May 11, 2015

Onsite Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day 1
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day 2

Onsite Location:

National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT)
4004 N Webb Rd.
Wichita, KS 67226

Parking: No parking permit is needed.

Registration Fee:      

The cost to participants is $2,750.00 each and covers both the online and on-site training regardless of whether an individual chooses to attend the optional onsite training.  Registration is limited to 22 individuals and will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.  Registration includes course materials, breakfast, lunch and all breaks at the onsite training.  You may register and pay on-line at www.wichita.edu/conferences.  Space is limited so register quickly to reserve your spot.  If the class fills prior to your registering you will be placed on a waiting list for possible future classes. 

Cancellations and Refunds: 

All cancellations must be made in writing.  A 15% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations (this includes purchase orders).  There will be no refunds after May 11, 2015. WSU reserves the right to cancel the program due to lack of enrollment.  In that event, WSU will refund any pre-paid course fees but will not be responsible for any incidental or consequential damages.