Engineering Technology

Composites Training

Train for engineering technician jobs specializing in composites manufacturing or prepare to pursue a bachelor's degree in programs that have been developed in response to demand from local employers. Classes introduce students to materials science, composite materials, and engineering design. Gain experience in hands-on state of the art labs.  Job titles of our graduates include: test technician, materials technician, composites technician, MDR technician, quality assurance and more.

Tour our Labs - Friday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. Find us at 6606 196th SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036. For more information, email us at etec@edcc.edu or call 425.640.1980.

What our graduates say: 

"Studying materials science gave me both confidence and clarity in dissecting the way by which products both simple and complex are designed, manufactured, and repaired. Viewing my surroundings through this lens of knowledge has garnered me the skills and reputation required to land a profitable and engaging career. The Edmonds program provides you with an opportunity to work with incredible tools that are generally only available in industry environments. For the aspiring student, this program will lay out the resources, advice, and path forward for your success in the advancing STEM marketplace."  

Yonas B., Alumnus, Materials Science Technology AAS-T degree, now working as an MP&P Technical Analyst.


A broad spectrum of individuals find their place at Edmonds Community College

Begin with the two-year Manufacturing and Materials Technology Associate of Technical Arts.

It provides the knowledge and understanding of composite manufacturing procedures and processes and competitive skills for entry-level jobs in several manufacturing industries. It also provides a strong foundation to continue with the AAS-T degree in Materials Science.

Earn the Associate in Applied Science-T (transfer) degree in Materials Science.

By taking the technical courses required for a job in the field with the option to pursue a bachelor's degree, a student can both prepare themselves to go to work and transfer to a bachelor of science degree at specific schools.  Those who already hold an engineering degree but wish to learn the field of composites may also find that this program will meet their needs. 

If you're not sure this career path is for you:

Consider taking ETEC 100, a new class which exposes you to all of the key elements of composites in a hands-on lab environment where you build one project.  If your math skills aren't quite up to the requirements for the ATA degree you should consider the I-BEST Certificate of Completion in Materials Science - Quality and Manufacturing Technology. Learn more about I-BEST here.

Materials Science Skills Needed Here, Now

3d printerHaving workers ready with materials science knowledge is key to economic stability and growth because of their importance to employers in many manufacturing industries.
Local interest in materials science training is particularly strong. The Puget Sound region has a high concentration of manufacturing companies due to its diverse industrial bases.
A number of local industry leaders support the college program, including representatives from The Boeing Co., its suppliers and medical device, ski, and boat manufacturers, as well as the makers of everyday consumer products.

What You Will Learn

Students with a WindmillClasses introduce students to materials science and focus on composite materials, engineering design, and manufacturing of structures. Many courses include a strong lab component to provide hands-on experience with manufacturing and testing equipment used in the industry.
In the past, students have built race cars, submarines, prosthetics, snowboards, and a windmill — the college’s first foray into the creation of renewable energy. Study also includes basic courses in communication, mathematics, and science.

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