Advanced Composites Manufacturing Certificate

Advanced manufacturing is part of the state’s largest industry sector, making up 19% of New Hampshire’s economy. The economic impact of jobs in advanced manufacturing far exceeds that of jobs in other industries. The Advanced Composites Manufacturing program at Great Bay prepares participants with skills and knowledge required for jobs in the high growth fields of composites manufacturing and aerospace. The program is offered at the College’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester, NH. Introductory courses provide opportunities for students to experience working in a modern, clean, hands-on training lab while learning and applying skills critical for success. In addition to a mechanical aptitude, students interested in the program should have keen attention to detail and demonstrate a desire for quality. They must also enjoy learning in a hands-on way and working as part of a team. The program consists of two levels and can be completed in 6 months. The introductory level is designed to provide students with an overview of advanced composites manufacturing and to help them select an area of specialization based on interest, ability, and job outlook. During Level 2 training, students will complete general fundamental manufacturing courses and concentrated courses of study leading to machine operator certificates with one of 8 specializations:

  • Paint Operator
  • Weaving Technician and Preform Finishing Technician
  • Resin Transfer Molding Technician
  • Bonding and Finishing Operator
  • Quality Inspection and Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) Technician
  • Composites CNC Milling and Set-Up Operator
  • Composites Repair Technician
  • High Performance Composites Fabrication

Many students will enter the workforce after completing level 2. They may continue to learn as they earn by studying in either technical or leadership tracks. A leadership path could provide opportunities to be become a team leader within their specialization. A technical path could lead to increased skill level and potential certification by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as a Certified Manufacturing Technologist.

Dual enrollment: Students enrolled in the ACM Certificate program may elect to enroll in the Associate Degree in Technical Studies. Dual enrollment is contingent upon active or graduate status of the certificate. Completion of the ACM certificate satisfies the requirement for the technical specialty core (24 credits) of the Technical Studies degree.


  1. Complete an application for the program.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  3. Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts, if appropriate.
  4. Interview with a member of the College Admissions Department. Questions are based on the US DOL (Department of Labor) Competencies for Advanced Manufacturing Tier 1: Personal Effectiveness Competencies.
  5. In addition to the interview by Admissions, students also take a manual dexterity test.
  6. Place into MATH080G, CIS110G or higher and college level Reading.

Health and Safety Considerations
This program includes work in a composites manufacturing lab where potentially hazardous materials are used. Students will be taught industry standards for safety and will be expected to follow all safety procedures for material handling. Personal protective equipment must be worn. Students will provide their own safety boots or shoes.

This program includes work in a manufacturing lab and requires participants to physically perform the functions of reaching, walking and standing, safely lifting up to 20 lbs. and more for some specializations, hearing sounds of equipment, ability to visually inspect parts for quality, and ability to pass a fitting test and to wear a dust mask for extended periods of time. Students will be specializing in one of eight areas, some requiring additional physical demands.

  • The weaving specialization also requires ability to be able to work seated for extended periods of time, reaching with a steady hand, and climbing steps, bending, and stooping to visually inspect the weaving process. Manual dexterity in both hands is required for trimming.
  • The resin transfer molding specialization requires ability to handle heated tools and sufficient pulmonary function to wear respirators and full face masks. This specialization also requires reaching, bending, and lifting up to 35 lbs. to attach and handle overhead lifting equipment and attachments.
  • The bonding/finishing specialization requires manual dexterity for precision work; visual acuity to the standard of 20/15; and sufficient pulmonary function to wear respirators and full face masks for extended periods of time.
  • The paint technician specialization requires manual dexterity and sufficient pulmonary function to wear respirators and full face masks for extended periods of time.
  • The quality inspection and coordinate measuring machine operator specialization requires repetitive reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking, occasional lifting or moving up to 35 lbs. and visual acuity to the standard of 20/15.
  • In order to successfully satisfy course objectives and the requirements of the field, students must be able to meet all standards stated above.

Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, transfer of courses in the Advanced Composites Manufacturing program will be evaluated by the program coordinator on an individual basis.

Curriculum Recommendations
A higher level CIS course may be substituted for CIS110G Introduction to Computers. Recommended substitutes are CIS111G Computer Technologies and CIS156G Computer Applications in Business.


Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ACM110G Introduction to Advanced Composites 2 3 3
Classroom 2, Lab 3, Total 3
ACM115G Applied Math & Measurement for Manufacturing 1 2 2
Classroom 1, Lab 2, Total 2
ACM120G Technical Blueprint Reading 0 3 1
Classroom 0, Lab 3, Total 1
ACM210G Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
ACM230G Manufacturing Ethics 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
BUS210G Organizational Communications 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
CIS110G Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
Total Credits 17

*Students may substitute a higher level CIS course.  Recommended substitutes are CIS111G Computer Technologies and CIS156G Computer Applications in Business.


Students must select one elective below for Concentration:

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ACM250G Paint Operator 0 3 1
Classroom 0, Lab 3, Total 1
ACM251G Weaving Technician and Preform Finishing 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
ACM252G Resin Transfer Molding Technician 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
ACM253G Bonding and Finishing Operator 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
ACM254G Quality Inspection and CMM Operator 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
ACM255G Composites CNC Milling and Set-up Operator 4 4 6
Classroom 4, Lab 4, Total 6
ACM256G Composites Repair Technician 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
ACM257G High Performance Composites Fabrication 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
Total Credits 1-6

Total Overall Credits : 18-23

Additional Information

This program is sponsored by (or in part by) a $19.97 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration TAACCCT Grant #TC-22504-ll-60-A-33. The Community College System of NH is an equal opportunity employer, and adaptive equipment is available upon request to persons with disabilities.

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