Train for engineering technician jobs specializing in aerospace composites manufacturing or prepare to pursue a bachelor's degree in programs that have been developed in response to demand from local employers. Classes introduce students to materials science, composite materials, and engineering design. Gain experience in hands-on state of the art labs.
Begin by taking the technical courses required for a job in the field with the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students may choose to pursue a bachelor of science degree in engineering technology or technical management after completing the two-year degree program.
Begin with the two-year Manufacturing and Materials Technology Associate of Technical Arts.
It provides basic knowledge and understanding of manufacturing procedures and processes and competitive skills for entry-level jobs in the manufacturing or aerospace industries. It provides a strong foundation to continue with the AAS-T degree in Materials Science.
Materials Science Skills Needed Here, Now
Having workers ready with materials science knowledge is key to economic stability
and growth because of their importance to employers in many manufacturing industries.
Local interest in materials science training is particularly strong. The Puget Sound region has a high concentration of manufacturing companies due to its diverse industrial bases.
A number of local industry leaders support the college program, including representatives from The Boeing Co., its suppliers and medical device, ski, and boat manufacturers, as well as the makers of everyday consumer products.
What You Will Learn
Classes introduce students to materials science and focus on composite materials,
engineering design, and manufacturing of structures. Many courses include a strong
lab component to provide hands-on experience with manufacturing and testing equipment
used in the industry.
In the past, students have built race cars, submarines, prosthetics, snowboards, and a windmill — the college’s first foray into the creation of renewable energy. Study also includes basic courses in communication, mathematics, and science.