Cutting-Edge TAFE Course Explores Manufacturing with Carbon Fibre

Caption: Rory McNamara, Program Manager – Engineering at The Gordon TAFE, Jen Conley, CEO AFCG and advanced composites students during the 2019 course.

Victorian TAFE college The Gordon is delivering a world-class educational course in carbon fibre composite manufacture, developed with members of the Advanced Fibre Cluster.

The new, cutting edge course will teach students the skills required for a rewarding career in the growing advanced composites manufacturing industry. It also offers an in-depth exploration of the sector for those simply wanting to understand more.

The curriculum explores the way carbon fibre is revolutionising the aerospace and space industries, the automotive and urban mobility sector and high performance sports and textiles, as well as producing durable light-weighting solutions for a cleaner, greener future.

The 7-week part-time course, starting in July, provides hands-on experience using the latest materials and techniques. It teaches WHS requirements, composite material range, formulas and matrices, lay-up schedules, vacuum techniques, testing methods, production chemicals, terminology, manufacturing and finishing processes.

Core units in the two-day a week course are:

  • Apply the principles of using carbon fibre composites in manufacturing products
  • Employ basic chemistry knowledge in the use of a polymer matrix
  • Investigate carbon fibre composite processes and terminology
  • Optimise carbon fibre composite processing applications

The course requires classroom attendance Mondays and Tuesdays for seven weeks at The Gordon’s East Geelong campus.

Full course details and how to apply are available here.