Associate Degree in Composite Science & Manufacturing

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About This Program

The Composite Science & Manufacturing program provides education and real-world experience in a state-of-the-art lab that prepares students for entry into many advanced manufacturing industries as a materials/composites technician, shop foreman, fabricator or materials testing technician.

Students who earn the Composite Science and Manufacturing degree begin by taking the technical courses required for a job in the field as a foreman with the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering or technical management after completing the associate degree.

The Composite Science & Manufacturing program is designed to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are essential for careers in today’s composite manufacturing industries. Courses included in this program provide introductory experience, computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), and composite materials and processes for manufacturing. Students are exposed to materials testing, machine tool design, power conversion and control. Technology courses include practical laboratory experiences that enable students to work with industrial materials, tools and equipment in product development.

Your Degree Courses

Composite Science & Manufacturing offers an Associate of Applied Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Chemistry I with Lab
  • Chemistry of Composites
  • Introduction to Composites
  • Closed Mold Manufacturing & Mold Making
  • Composite Repair
  • Composite Layup Sequences & Blueprints
  • Composite Materials
  • Fundamentals of Quality Testing
  • Advanced Composite Processes
  • Polymer Technology
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • College Physics I & II with Lab
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Electives in Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science
  • Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science electives

Current Major Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Use common composite processes and techniques in development, manufacture and repair of composite materials.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of materials and material selection.
  • Apply quality systems to composite manufacturing and product testing.
  • Identify and explain underlying scientific principles relevant to the advancement of the composite industry and their respective processes.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

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