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Composites AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 8 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 082, and successful completion of MAT 082 by the end of the first quarter of the program or Instructor approval.

The Composites Program at Clover Park Technical College prepares students for careers in composites manufacturing. In this program, students learn to fabricate, assemble, repair, test and troubleshoot composite materials.

This degree is offered at the South Hill campus in Puyallup. In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ACM 120Composite Fabrication4
ACM 125Composite Assembly4
ACM 130Composite Repair4
ACM 145Special Projects3
MS 123Fundamentals of Welding for the Non-Welding Major5
MS 131Blueprint Reading Fundamentals3
MS 145Fundamentals of Composites4
NDT 108Introduction to NDT5
NDT 113Material and Processes for NDT I5
NDT 120Visual and Optical Testing5
NDT 121Materials and Processes for NDT II5
NDT 135NDI for Composite Structures3
NDT 140Eddy Current Testing I5
NDT 150Ultrasonic Testing I5
NDT 170Eddy Current Testing II5
NDT 180Ultrasonic Testing II5
NDT 185Physics for NDT Professionals5
NDT 210Eddy Current Testing III5
NDT 220Ultrasonic Testing III5
NDT 240CAPCapstone Project3
Composites Electives10
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Math for Non-Science Majors or Precalculus5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
Intro to Computing or Excel I3
 Technical Credits116

Composite Fabrication

Item #
ACM 120
Total Credits
4

Learn manufacturing methods and processes commonly used for the fabrication of composite materials. Instruction includes material choices, fabrication techniques, material handling and safety procedures. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ACM 105, ACM 110, ACM 115 (GPA 2.0 or better).
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Composite Assembly

Item #
ACM 125
Total Credits
4

Identify and use appropriate materials and processes to assemble structures made of composite materials. Includes room temperature and elevated temperature bonding, drilling, countersinking, and installing mechanical fasteners and potted fasteners.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ACM 105, ACM 110, ACM 115 (GPA 2.0 or better).
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Composite Repair

Item #
ACM 130
Total Credits
4

Inspect, test and repair composite structures. This course explains how imperfections affect composite properties and provides hands-on training for the repair of defects.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ACM 105, ACM 110, ACM 115 (GPA 2.0 or better).
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Special Projects

Item #
ACM 145
Total Credits
3

Develops skills in print reading, project planning, layout, distortion control, fixturing and other fabrication techniques. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge to projects of personal interest and/or as assigned.

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Fundamentals of Welding for the Non-Welding Major

Item #
MS 123
Total Credits
5

Students will identify, perform or witness various basic welding processes for prospective visual and non-destructive inspectors.

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Blueprint Reading Fundamentals

Item #
MS 131
Total Credits
3

Covers basic lines and views of drawings, identifying and interpreting weld and fabrication symbols, and locating NDT requirements.

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Fundamentals of Composites

Item #
MS 145
Total Credits
4

Learn the fundamental construction of composites, advantages of composites over traditional materials, manufacturing methods, fabrication and assembly, testing and quality assurance, damage control, and repair.

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Introduction to NDT

Item #
NDT 108
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to terms and definitions and a method overview of nondestructive testing. Methods include eddy current liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, radiography and ultrasonic testing. 

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Material and Processes for NDT I

Item #
NDT 113
Total Credits
5

Explores the properties of materials, both metals and non-metals, and their applications in design and manufacturing. Define the advantages of Lean Concepts and applications.

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Visual and Optical Testing

Item #
NDT 120
Total Credits
5

Visual inspection is the most widely used method of nondestructive testing. Learn to detect various discontinuances related to the power-plant industry, structural steel fabrication and construction industries, aerospace industry, petro-chemical industry, and manufacturing processes. Exercises are performed using many visual inspection tools. 

Prerequisites
NDT 115 and NDT 185.
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Materials and Processes for NDT II

Item #
NDT 121
Total Credits
5

Learn the major manufacturing processes used to fabricate parts, their possible discontinuities and how to choose the appropriate NDT methods to inspect them.

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NDI for Composite Structures

Item #
NDT 135
Total Credits
3

Implement techniques and processes utilized for nondestructive inspection of composite and bonded materials. Learn theory, principles, techniques and applications of NOT methods for composite structures.

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Eddy Current Testing I

Item #
NDT 140
Total Credits
5

Covers electromagnetic theory, types of Eddy Current sensing elements, selection of inspection parameters, readout mechanism and applications. Successful students will pass a simulated Level 1 general exam.

Prerequisites
NDT 125, NDT 185, CAS 121.
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Ultrasonic Testing I

Item #
NDT 150
Total Credits
5

Covers the principles of acoustics. Introduces the basic pulse echo instruments, transducers and couplants. Covers the basic testing methods, calibration and examinations to specific procedures. Successful students will pass a simulated Level 1 general examination.

Prerequisites
MS 123, MS 126, NDT 185, CAS 121.
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Eddy Current Testing II

Item #
NDT 170
Total Credits
5

Covers a continuation of Eddy Current theory: factors that affect coil impedance, signal-to-noise ratio, selection test frequency, coupling and field strength. Includes an explanation of standards and specifications used in eddy current testing. Students will learn about the selection of the appropriate instruments, probes and standards necessary to perform the required tests. Successful students will pass a simulated Level II general and specific exam.

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Ultrasonic Testing II

Item #
NDT 180
Total Credits
5

Introduces the operation of various ultrasonic equipment and transducers in a variety of testing methods. Students will calibrate, test and evaluate various product forms per procedures, standards and codes. Successful students will pass a simulated Level II general and specific exam. 

Prerequisites
NDT 185.
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Physics for NDT Professionals

Item #
NDT 185
Total Credits
5

Covers physics concepts used in nondestructive testing, including right-triangle trigonometry, waves, sound, electric fields, electric current, resistance, circuits, magnetism, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Prerequisites
MAT 099.
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Eddy Current Testing III

Item #
NDT 210
Total Credits
5

Covers an extension of advanced Eddy Current theory. Students will simulate a Level II practice exam through development of a technique and evaluation per applicable standards, codes and procedures. 

Prerequisites
NDT 170.
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Ultrasonic Testing III

Item #
NDT 220
Total Credits
5

Covers an overview of the basic principles and theories of Phased Array. Students will simulate a Level II practical exam through development of a technique and evaluation per applicable standards, codes and procedures.

Prerequisites
MAT 099, NDT 180.
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Capstone Project

Item #
NDT 240CAP
Total Credits
3

Designed to synthesize and integrate the knowledge gained in all previous courses and demonstrate the application of theory and practice through a project. 

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Composites Electives

Total Credits
10
Students must take a minimum of 10 credits from the classes below. Other related courses must be approved by faculty.
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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Math for Non-Science Majors or Precalculus

Total Credits
5
Students must take one of the following math courses.
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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Intro to Computing or Excel I

Total Credits
3
Students must take one of the following courses.
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