Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) will host an online Composites Maintenance Technology course beginning in March.
The course will provide students with an awareness of composite materials technology principles with a focus on repair and maintenance and associated safety issues. Sponsored by the FAA, the course was created through the collaboration of experts and composite materials organizations, assuring it is relevant to industry needs, university officials said.
The course is hosted online, and students can participate in case study discussions at their convenience with various experts in the field. The typical student time commitment averages 70 hours over the eight-week period.
Upon completion of the online course, the principles learned can be applied in an optional three-day laboratory course, held at NIAR.
The course is developed and instructed by Charles Seaton, who has more than 30 years of experience in aircraft design, manufacturing, and aircraft modification. Seaton received a Master of Science degree in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington. He has taught and developed undergraduate on-line courses with Wichita State University, Edmonds Community College and DeVry University. He has also taught graduate-level management courses at the University of Dallas.
Additional aircraft composites maintenance experts will also participate in course discussions.
There are two enrollment options for the course: Intro to Composites Maintenance Technology online course (non-credit) $950; or Intro to Composites Maintenance Technology online course (2 credit hours-WATC) $1,174.
The dates and enrollment for the optional three-day Composite Composite Maintenance Technology lab will be available at the close of the online course. Additional prices for the Composite Maintenance Technology lab are: Composite Maintenance Technology lab (non-credit) $1,000; Composite Maintenance Technology lab (2 credit hours-WATC) $1,224.
For more information: NIAR.Wichita.edu/webcourse or 316-978-3873.