Running Start

Composites and Materials Science Technology Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Does this certificate prepare me to enter the workforce?

Yes. This program is designed to allow high school students to obtain a certificate in Materials Science Technology while still in high school. This work-ready certificate program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter industries such as aerospace, biotech, maritime and transportation, prosthetics, and sporting goods. The program has close partnerships with numerous manufacturing companies in the Puget Sound area, including Boeing. Find out more about Pathways in Engineering Technology.

Is there employment and wage information about the material science technology field?

  • Employment rate of Edmonds Community College students with a certificate/degree in Materials Science Technology programs is 89%.
  • Students who study for a year or more in materials science technology earn a median wage of $45,051 (
  • The use of composites is expanding in many industries – from airplanes and bathtubs to tennis rackets and windmill blades.
  • Join an expanding industry that is seeking young workers with background in materials science and composites.
  • Additional certification available as part of a Materials Science Degree include: Certified Quality Technician (ASQ), Soldering and Inspection.
  • Students with certificate become eligible for internships and apprenticeships, including for three of Boeing's IAM Apprenticeship programs. (Click here for more information).
  • Students completing program obtain job skills that are transferable to a range of employers in multiple industries including out of state.

See brochure about Edmonds Community College Engineering Technology and Materials Science programs.

What is the program of study for this certificate?

  • Student takes a total of 15 credits (one 5 credit class each quarter for 3 consecutive quarters) completing the requirements for Certificate in Materials Technology (Composites) in one year.
  • Courses introduce students to the college environment and materials science and composites.
  • Instruction covers the properties and manufacturing processes of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, and fiber reinforced composites.
  • A strong lab component is integral to the program, providing hands-on experience in state of the art manufacturing labs, including experience with:
      • 3D printers, 3D scanners, a new injection molder and robotic arm, along with equipment to test, construct, design, and build items both large and small.
      • Composites projects developed as part of these classes have included windmills, a kayak, and a wind tunnel.

Please visit the Program Guide for the Materials Science Certificate.

What courses do I take to get this certificate?

ETEC 175: Introduction to Materials Science (5.0 Credits – Fall 2016)

Prerequisite: Placement in MATH 087.

High School Credit: 1.0 Science credit, Occupational/CTE credit or Elective credit.

ETEC 180: Polymer Technology (5.0 Credits – Winter 2016)

Prerequisite: Placement in MATH 087.

High School Credit: 1.0 Occupational/CTE credit or Elective credit.

ETEC 200: Introduction to Composites: (5.0 Credits – Spring 2016)

Prerequisite: Placement in MATH 087.

High School Credit: 1.0 Occupational/CTE credit or Elective credit

How do the college classes apply to my high school graduation requirements?

Students take three five-credit classes at the college. The classes count towards a college certificate AND count towards high school graduation requirements.

  • One college course counts for 1.0 credit at the high school.
  • The three college classes required for completion of the Certificate will fulfill the following high school requirements:
      • Science (1.0 Met by ETEC 175.
      • Occupational Education/CTE (1.0) – Met by ETEC 175, 180 or 200.
      • Elective (1.0) – Met by ETEC 175, 180 or 200.

When are the classes offered?

  • Students attend high school in the morning, and Edmonds Community College in the afternoon.
  • Classes start Fall 2016 quarter (third week of September) and end Spring 2017 (mid-June).
      • Monday and Wednesday, 12:30-1:20 p.m.;
      • Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-2:10 p.m.;
      • Friday no classes.
  • High school students will be integrated into classes that are open to regular college students.

Where do I take the classes?

Classes are located in Monroe Hall, Edmonds Community College, 6606 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, see the campus map.

What additional support is available for participants in the program?

Additional support services will be provided to students on site at the college. These services include assistance with:

  • Navigating college admissions and registration processes,
  • Learning support including tutoring as needed,
  • Career and academic advising, and
  • Preparation for transitioning to the work force.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition is covered through the Running Start program. (This is a savings of approximately $1,500).

Costs the student is responsible for Amount
College Application Fee $35
Books(3 books at $120-150 per class) $400*
Class Fee ($50 per class) $150**
Other Fees ($10.27 per credit) $154**
Total Estimated $739

* Books may be available on loan from your high school for each quarter.

** Fees waivers are available through Running Start for eligible students.

Do I need my own transportation?

Yes. Transportation to Edmonds CC for class is the responsibility of the student. Parking at Monroe Hall is free. An ORCA bus pass is available to students for use of public transportation at a reduced fee. An ORCA card for the first quarter is $36. The following quarter the card costs $26. ORCA cards can only be obtained starting one week before classes start. ORCA card will only activate for use on the first day of classes and are valid until the first day of the next quarter.

Can I get a tour of the college and materials science technology lab?

Yes. Group or individual tours will be arranged for prospective students so they may see the facility and meet staff and faculty in Monroe Hall. Check with the Running Start office for when tours are offered.

Do I graduate from Edmonds Community College?

Yes. Students that complete this program will graduate with an “Engineering Technology - Materials Science Technology Certificate of Completion” from Edmonds Community College and be able to participate in College Graduation ceremony at Edmonds Community College.

The student’s College Transcript will specify the Certificate of Completion. The student may get a college diploma from Edmonds Community College for $7. Please note this is for the certificate only and does not include High School Diploma – see next question.

Can I participate in high school graduation?

Yes. Students successfully completing this program will be able to participate in the high school graduation ceremony. Students intending to participate in the ceremony will be provided a signed form from the college faculty member that indicates the student is on track to successfully complete the class. This will then be provided to the high school so that the student can participate in graduation ceremony before actual completion of the college class.

If I am not sure about this program, is there a good introductory class to the field of Materials Science and Engineering Technology?

Yes. High school students not ready to make a commitment to the certificate program, and potentially interested in the field of composites after graduation may take ETEC 100: Introduction to Manufacturing Processes during their junior or senior year through Running Start. This is an introductory 2.0 credit class (or .4 credits in the high school) that will provide students an introduction to field of composites and the opportunity to experience college environment and college level coursework.

  • Course available one day a week for 11 weeks. (Offered fall, winter, and spring quarters).
  • Student can take 2.0 credit class while maintaining full class load at high school
  • Students build a small project exposing them to manufacturing processes, including composites, welding, riveting, drilling, electronics, and 3D printing.

Can I begin the program half way through the year?

No. You must begin the program fall quarter. This will ensure you complete the three course sequence during your senior year of high school.

Can I begin the program after I graduate from high school?

After graduating from high school you can attend Edmonds CC as a regular student. You can complete the certificate or enroll in the full degree program this way. If you do this, Running Start will not pay for tuition since you are no longer a high school student. You would be required to pay for the three classes (15 credits) required to complete the program.

What opportunities are available that build on the certificate?

Students that participate in this program will graduate high school with a high school diploma and Edmonds CC certificate in Materials Science Technology. This certificate provides students an opportunity to immediately enter the workforce, and/or continue with college to obtain an Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) or Associate of Technical Arts degree (ATA); if you complete the AAS-T degree then there are some opportunities to transfer to a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Engineering Technology. The credits earned for the certificate go directly towards requirements for higher level degrees. The chart below provides a pathway for students interested in pursuing a higher level degree after obtaining the certificate.

An ATA or AAS-T degree is designed to prepare a student to compete for employment in an occupational field. Since these degrees concentrate on a particular trade or skill, they do not have a broad general education requirement. The degrees can include a limited number of general education courses that might transfer to a Baccalaureate degree in a different subject area, but these are limited. The ATA and AAS-T degrees do include technical courses though. Technical courses might transfer to specific Baccalaureate degree programs. Whether a technical course will transfer or count as a degree requirement is at the discretion of the transfer college or university.