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Advanced Composites

Why Choose the Advanced Composites Program?

There are tremendous opportunities available in composite manufacturing. This is a field that is still growing and is likely to continue due to the superior qualities of strength versus weight for many composite materials, as well as the flexibility in forming complex shapes and finding new uses for composites. There are tremendous opportunities in the hands-on manufacturing of composites, as well as with the innovative engineering with composite materials. This program helps students develop skills and proficiency in the math and physics involved in creating and working with composite materials and is a perfect fit for students who love to work with their hands and innovate.


Learn to fabricate, assemble, repair, test and troubleshoot composite materials.
How Long It Takes:

Composites AAT and AAS-T Degrees: 8 Quarters

Advanced Composite Manufacturing Certificate: 2 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers

Career pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Gainful Employment Data

Composites Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Composites program, students will:

  • Read and correctly interpret blueprints.
  • Select composite materials and processes for specific applications. Design and build tooling for fabrication.
  • Apply the appropriate repair techniques to various types of damage.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of cutting tools.
  • Consistently display precision in processes, such as measuring, drilling, and fabricating components.
  • Attach fasteners, metal components, brackets, and fittings to composite materials with precision and proper care of materials.
  • Implement appropriate techniques to various types of damage.
  • Operate tools and equipment safely. This includes personal safety standards related to shop layout, equipment use, and the handling and storage of materials.

Meet Your Instructors

Dean Conway

South Hill, Rm 114

John Mesonides

South Hill, Rm 115


Advanced Composites Program Information Sessions are hosted in the lobby of our South Hill Campus at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




Composites materials and tools


Manufacturing Day Provides Hands-On Opportunities for Students

CPTC Computer Programming instructor Ken Meerdink leads a breakout session

A s one of Clover Park Technical College’s seven schools, Advanced Manufacturing is a key component of the college’s offerings. The college had the opportunity to showcase those programs at its annual Manufacturing Day event on Friday, Oct. 5, with 500 local high school students in attendance to learn about the possibilities of a career in manufacturing.

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Composites Graduate Shares Success Story

CPTC graduate Albina Moore

CPTC graduate Albina Moore returned to the South Hill Campus Nov. 21 to talk about her career with Boeing as a composite technician.

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