Fraunhofer LBF promotes workforce qualification in the field of lightweight design.

Module overview (© Fraunhofer IFAM)

Overview of the modules of the “Composite Engineer” continuing education program

The safe and efficient use of new lightweight materials demands special skills. Therefore the Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance offers a modular seminar program on the topic of fiber-reinforced composites. The course participants are given the skills to manage the complete product lifecycle of components manufactured from fiber-reinforced composites and to evaluate the correct technical use of the technology in an interdisciplinary setting. Upon successful completion of the program, they are certified as Composite Engineers in accordance with DIN EN ISO 17024.

Passing on expertise!

The training is provided by experts from the Fraunhofer institutes involved and is coordinated by the Fraunhofer IFAM Training Center for Fiber Composite Technology.

After attending the introductory module, which provides an overview of the complete lifecycle of fiber-reinforced components, four “base modules” are offered that introduce attendees to additional fundamental principles. They consider the topics of materials, manufacturing methods, machining and joining methods. For greater detail on the subjects most relevant to them, the participants then choose four “advanced modules” from the areas of design and modeling, material and component characterization, testing and test philosophies, repair and recycling, structural dynamics and function integration, virtual material design, surface treatment and production technology. Once they have attended the final module and completed the examination, the training is complete. Modules do not have to be completed as part of the full program – they can also be booked individually.

Fraunhofer LBF is involved with its department for Lightweight Design as well as Experimental Analysis and Electromechanics in the design and construction, design and modeling, testing and test philosophies, and structural dynamics and function integration modules.

Examinations and training are organized separately and are conducted immediately following the relevant courses by the responsible certification body. After each completing 240 hours of training and successfully passing the examination, the second group of new Fraunhofer Composite Engineers were awarded certificates in accordance with DIN EN ISO 17024 in 2018.


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