Advanced manufacturing is part of the state’s largest industry sector, making up 19% of New Hampshire’s economy. The economic impact of jobs in advanced manufacturing far exceeds that of jobs in other industries. The Advanced Composites Manufacturing program at Great Bay prepares participants with skills and knowledge required for jobs in the high growth fields of composites manufacturing and aerospace.
Introductory courses provide opportunities for students to experience working in modern, clean, hands-on training labs while learning and applying skills critical for success. In addition to a mechanical aptitude, students interested in the program should have keen attention to detail and demonstrate a desire for quality. They must also enjoy learning in a hands-on way and working as part of a team.
The program consists of two levels and can be completed in 6 months in the full-time schedule. A part-time, evening and weekend option is also available, which can be completed in one year. The introductory level is designed to provide students with an overview of advanced composites manufacturing and to help them select an area of specialization based on interest, ability, and job outlook. During Level 2 training, students will complete general fundamental manufacturing courses and concentrated courses of study leading to machine operator certificates with specializations including:
- Resin Transfer Molding Technician
- Bonding and Finishing Operator
- Quality Inspection and Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) Technician
- Composites CNC Milling and Set-Up Operator
Dual Enrollment: Students enrolled in the ACM Certificate program may elect to enroll in the associate degree in Technical Studies. Dual enrollment is contingent upon active or graduate status of the certificate. Completion of the ACM certificate satisfies the requirement for the technical specialty core (24 credits) of the Technical Studies degree.
This certificate program is offered at our Rochester Campus.
Typical Job Opportunities
Many students will enter the workforce after completing level 2. They may continue to learn as they earn by studying in either technical or leadership tracks. A leadership path could provide opportunities to be become a team leader within their specialization. A technical path could lead to increased skill level and potential certification by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as a Certified Manufacturing Technologist.
To learn more about potential earnings visit:
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
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Certificate Core Courses
*Students may substitute a higher-level CIS course. Recommended substitutions are CIS111G Computer Technologies and CIS156G Computer Applications in Business.
Certificate Concentration Courses
ACM Technical Electives
- Complete an application for the program.
- Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
- Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts, if appropriate.
- ACM information session or admissions appointment.
Health and Safety Considerations
This program includes work in a composites manufacturing lab where potentially hazardous materials are used. Students will be taught industry standards for safety and will be expected to follow all safety procedures for material handling. Personal protective equipment must be worn. Students will provide their own safety boots or shoes.
This program includes work in a manufacturing lab and requires participants to physically perform the functions of reaching, walking and standing, safely lifting up to 20 lbs. and more for some specializations, hearing sounds of equipment, ability to visually inspect parts for quality, and ability to pass a fitting test and to wear a dust mask for extended periods of time. Students will be specializing in one of eight areas, some requiring additional physical demands.
- The weaving specialization also requires ability to be able to work seated for extended periods of time, reaching with a steady hand, and climbing steps, bending, and stooping to visually inspect the weaving process. Manual dexterity in both hands is required for trimming.
- The resin transfer molding specialization requires ability to handle heated tools and sufficient pulmonary function to wear respirators and full face masks. This specialization also requires reaching, bending, and lifting up to 35 lbs. to attach and handle overhead lifting equipment and attachments.
- The bonding/finishing specialization requires manual dexterity for precision work; visual acuity to the standard of 20/15; and sufficient pulmonary function to wear respirators and full face masks for extended periods of time.
- The paint technician specialization requires manual dexterity and sufficient pulmonary function to wear respirators and full face masks for extended periods of time.
- The quality inspection and coordinate measuring machine operator specialization requires repetitive reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking, occasional lifting or moving up to 35 lbs. and visual acuity to the standard of 20/15.
- In order to successfully satisfy course objectives and the requirements of the field, students must be able to meet all standards stated above.
The goal of the Advanced Composites Manufacturing program is to prepare the student to work in the advanced composites manufacturing industry, including aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and others. After successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Define the processes and materials used in advanced composites manufacturing.
- Illustrate the flow of materials and resources within the manufacturing process for advanced composite materials.
- Apply terminology used in aerospace, explain regulatory compliance, and describe quality concepts.
- Demonstrate the ability to solve mathematical problems that affect composite part design and manufacture.
- Understand the fundamental science concepts behind composites manufacturing.
- Apply techniques for observing, gathering, and recording data.
- Anticipate or recognize the existence of a problem or nonconformity.
- Demonstrate ability to recognize safety issues and to observe all safety procedures.
- Demonstrate the ability to successfully meet the requirements of a machine operator position in advanced composites manufacturing.
- Demonstrate the ability to follow written instructions with particular attention to detail and quality.