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Advanced Composites Employment

Advanced Composites Employment

Free Tuition - Nine Credit Hours (3 classes) for qualified students with over 30 credit hours completed that include college level mathematics, science and English, or a college degree from accredited institution.

Have you ever seen a car with a cool, custom-designed body?
How about a pontoon boat at the lake on a sunny afternoon?
Have you ever seen wind turbines on a high hill, their huge blades rotating to create power?

If you have, then you have seen composite materials.

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  • East Tennessee Economic Council
  • Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley 
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Private Industry
  • Tech 2020
  • University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

Manufacturers already use composite materials to make automotive body parts, pontoon boats, wind turbine blades, and much more. These companies need technicians educated in composites. Through Roane State’s composite materials (ACE) courses, students can get the education they need for these jobs.

Composites manufacturing is also a high-tech and growing field. Research into low-cost carbon fiber composite materials could lead to a revolution in composites manufacturing.

By taking ACE classes, students can get a hands-on education that will prepare them for today’s composites manufacturing jobs and for ones on the horizon.

Learn the skills

Roane State offers specialized composite materials courses as part of its Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in General Technology.  Sign up for CMAT classes when you register.

Classes meet in classroom and manufacturing training facility located on Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

CMAT 1010 - Introduction to Composite Materials

Students will learn applications that are suitable for the use of composite materials and study the polymer chemistry required for manufacturing composite material products. Students will also learn the future of composite materials applications and manufacturing methods.

CMAT 1020 - Introduction to Composite Manufacturing Methods

Students will study methods used in the manufacturing of composite materials and the role of automation in composite manufacturing.

CMAT 1030  - Applied Production Methodology

Students will experience hands-on application of composite materials manufacturing processes in a laboratory environment. Students will employ various manufacturing methods, learn how to safely handle hazardous materials and learn the appropriate storage handling methods for hazardous materials.

Classes help prepare students to achieve Composites Technician certification through the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA).

Possible Jobs

Completing Roane State’s composite materials courses can lead to a variety of available jobs. Examples include:

  • maintenance technician
  • resin prep technician
  • automated controls technician
  • electro-mechanical technician
  • industrial engineering technician
  • industrial production management positions

Breakthroughs in low-cost carbon fiber composite materials will lead to more advanced manufacturing jobs now and in the future. With Roane State’s ACE classes, you will be ready for more than a job. You will be ready for a career in cutting-edge technology.

Take the challenge. Sign up for ACE courses today.

Contact us

For more information, please email, call or fill out the form below.

Kim Harris
Advanced Composites Employment
(865) 882-4695

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This project is jointly funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (60%), the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (30%) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (10%). Federal funding totals $1.6 million (75% of total cost). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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