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Public Short Courses for Engineers

 

Introduction


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:  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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Advanced Composites for Engineers

Course Description: The content of this course is centered around the stress analysis of laminated composites. An in-depth treatment of the basic concepts of solid mechanics, constitutive behavior of orthotropic material and its simplification for plane stress analysis, micromechanics for strength and stiffness estimations, laminate analysis methods and composite characterization is presented in this course. The topics dwell into the underlying mechanics rather than a simple overview. Numerical examples, comparison with real test data, and self-evaluation quizzes are presented throughout the course.

Intended Audience: This course is intended for practicing engineers with a basic knowledge of composite materials and mechanics of materials (or strength of materials). The course provides an overview of topics related to micromechanics, laminate analysis, mechanical and cure characterization. For additional information and in-depth treatment of the course topics, you are recommended to consult the cited references or enroll in a formal course offered by the university.

Course Delivery Method: Online

Course Length: 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 Manufacturing Technology (CMfgT) Course

Course Description: This course will provide students with a technical knowledge of composite manufacturing to a level that allows them to better and more proactively identify deficiencies on the factory floor that have safety implications.  This course was developed by Wichita State University in collaboration with key industry experts and the Federal Aviation Administration. Students will study 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 approximately eight hours per week reviewing materials, participating in online discussions, and testing their knowledge. Depending on the students skill set and back ground the time investment may fluctuate a bit.  The course will conclude with a 2-day hands-on laboratory.

Intended Audience:

  • MIO/MIDO inspectors participating in the certification of composite structures.
    FAA designees, international civil aviation authorities and engineers responsible for quality system development, approval and oversight of manufacturing processes for composite structures.

Course Delivery Method: Online with a hands on lab

Course Length: Approximately 9 weeks

Course Start Dates: July 5, 2016

 

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Composite Structural Engineering Technology (CSET) Course

Course Description: This course covers the essential topics pertaining to composites engineering. Its contents provide students with composites engineering process framework through course materials and practical applications through online discussions. Topics include engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, and certification of composite materials associated with civil aircraft structures. The course is organized in accordance with FAA AC 20-107B (Composite Aircraft Structure) and emphasizes various safety issues related to composite materials and structures.

This course was developed through the collaboration of Wichita State University, industry subject matter experts and the FAA. The course is taught online, includes all teaching materials and features real-world discussions facilitated by subject matter experts and FAA representatives. 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. A two-day hands-on lab is provided in Wichita, Kansas.

After finishing a one-week period of self-study of fundamental composites and successfully completing an examination, students proceed to more advanced topics through an on-line, interactive learning experience via Blackboard. Teaching methodology includes online discussions facilitated by subject matter experts, relevant documentation, and audio/visual aids. The course will include a two-day hands-on laboratory, which is optional but recommended.

Intended Audience:

  • All professionals responsible for the engineering of composites, including individuals with a wide range of background in composites technology prior to taking this course.
  • FAA Directorate/ACO engineers, international civilaviation authorities, and industry designees who participate in the certification of composite structures.
  • Engineers at aerospace companies who are involved in designing and analyzing composite structures.

Course Delivery Method: Online with an optional hands on lab

Course Length: Approximately 12 weeks 

Course Start Dates:  September 2, 2016

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