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Advanced composites are innovative materials being used to a much greater extent in the 21st century than ever before. These materials are lighter, stronger, and more versatile and are being used in a variety of industries.
Fiberglass is still the most used composite, but because carbon fiber is much stronger by weight, it is being used more and more, especially in the aerospace industry. Carbon fiber is ten times stronger than steel by weight. This makes carbon fiber very attractive when designing fuel-efficient or higher-speed aircraft or automobiles. As cost goes down, composites, with their light weight and durability will become even more attractive in the sporting goods and others industries.
Utah’s composite industry is one of the largest in the nation with new and existing companies expanding in the Utah area. These companies require more trained technicians. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is actively involved in promoting Utah’s composite industry by bringing together the aerospace, defense, and recreational industries as well as educational institutions to form partnerships that will fuel continued growth.
Trained technicians capable of working with composite materials are in great demand. Ogden-Weber Tech is helping to meet the demand for skilled workers by providing students with a broad-based knowledge of advanced composites. Our program prepares students with hands-on training for a variety of technical jobs available in the composite field. Our program has well-equipped training labs containing equipment, materials, and training resources supported by industry.
Our training focuses on both learning the basics and providing the fundamental training within a hands-on environment which provides the needed skills to move into the advanced composite workplace. Areas of focus are developing composite lay-up skills, composite vacuum bagging training, lean manufacturing training, developing communication skills, tool making, blueprint reading, repair, and testing and inspection both in destructive and nondestructive inspection, etc. Each course provides simple and clear training for the person seeking the technical skills needed to enter the aerospace or any other industry using advanced composites. Most trained technicians learn by doing. Each of our courses are designed to help our students become competent in the advanced composite industry.
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