Rigid Composite Structures
This is an in-person course at the WATR Center
Course Infomation

Rigid Composite Structures
Learn to use composite materials to make durable and resilient products
Entry Level - No Prerequisite

** No classes currently scheduled - Contact us if interested

Course Overview
This is a beginner level course in composite manufacturing. Students will receive hands-on training and experience in the construction of a basic fiberglass assembly. Each student will have a chance to complete a project from start to finish, including cutting, shaping, building the composite layers, applying resin, and vacuum bagging the product.

The goal of this course is to learn to understand and create lightweight rigid structures that can span large distances with minimal distortion, such and an airliner floor paneling, walkways, support beams and similar.

We've worked hard to find products for classes that are analogous to many important aerospace elements, and not rely on simple a test coupons for training. The often complex flexibility of a snowboard was based on the flex profile of a composite wing. The solid carbon fiber frame we use in the Industrial UAV Systems course is similar to many solid CFRP body parts that are drilled and fitted throughout composite aircraft. The composite longboard can be likened to many tertiary aircraft, marine, wind power structures where weight and cost might be an issue. Longboards have proven to be perfect for demonstrating how composite products can be incredibly stiff yet with a resiliency to deflection needed to survive typical abuses. By using low cost core materials to separate the more advanced (and expensive) load bearing composite surfaces students will learn how cost can be significantly reduced over solid CFRP yet still retaining appreciable strength. We'll also discuss how choosing the right core material can be critical for applications where the installed fasteners need to support weight without collapsing the structure.

This is an entry level class and anyone interested in composite manufacturing is welcome to register.

Check out our gallery of class pictures
Longboard Gallery

Class Topics:
  • Functional properties of Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber, Kevlar and other fiber reinforcements
  • Resin Types
  • Composite layup methods
  • Core materials
  • Core fabrication
  • Composite stackup concerns
  • Tooling preparation (cleaning, release agents)
  • Vacuum bagging
  • Curing methods
  • Sanding and Polishing
  • Painting
  • Overview of Fusion 360/CATIA, CAD/CAM software
  • CNC Milling

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Class Dates and Times:

** No classes currently scheduled - Contact us if interested


You can register by phone between 9am and 4pm PDT

Important - You will need a CTCLink ID number in order for us to help you over the phone or in person. You can follow the steps below to get one.

Fill out an application to Edmonds College:
Online Admissions Application

A few notes for your application:
Enroll as: "First Year"
Program: "Professional Technical"
Term: "_____" (Season plus year, such as: Spring 2023)
Degree or Certificate: "Undecided - Professional Technical"

Once you have received your CTC Link ID number please let us know and we can get you registered for your class.

Registering Online

Washington State colleges are now using CTCLink for all student services.
  • Follow the link below - login in or create an account
  • Go to "Student Homepage"
  • Choose "Manage Classes"
  • "Class Search and Enroll"
  • Choose Edmonds College and the quater (Control + F to search page)
  • Search for class name or number (Class Number will get you to where you want faster)
Online Registration Login Page - CTCLInk

NOTE - All our classes fall under "Special Topics: Manufacturing".

Contact Damian Cianci at dcianci@edmonds.edu if you have any questions.