Composite Engineer


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The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM has offered training courses in fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs) since 2007. The new modular Composite Engineer course brings together the expertise of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance in the area of fiber reinforced plastics. The course participants are trained on particular topics by scientists and engineers who are engaged in current, cutting-edge R&D work. This guarantees direct transfer of key knowledge and technology to industry.

Required knowledge for participation and objectives of the training course

Target groups are engineers and scientists in all disciplines and sectors of industry, and also qualified technical employees who either currently work with fiber composite materials or wish to do so in the future.

Participants for the »Composite Engineer« course must have either:

  • successfully completed a professional qualification and have at least five years technical work experience
  • successfully completed an engineering or science course (Bachelor degree or higher) at a university or technical college.

The Composite Engineer training course qualifies people to supervise the whole life cycle of a fiber reinforced plastic product. This covers product development, manufacture, and repair and involves interdisciplinary thinking, evaluation, decision-making, and actions relating to effective usage of FRP technology.

Course content, duration, and examinations

The Composite Engineer course is modular. The Introductory Module and four Basic Modules are compulsory. The participants then take four Specific Modules of their own choice. Each of the Specific Modules ends with a written examination. A certificate of attendance at the Basic Modules and successfully passed examinations for the Specific Modules are prerequisites for taking the final oral examination. Passing the final oral examination results in the award of a certificate as »Composite Engineer«. Each module lasts three days. The final oral examination is preceded by a two-day revision session, the so-called Final Module. The training course thus extends over a total of 30 days (6 weeks / 240 hours). All the modules can also be booked individually by people not intending to take the full Composite Engineer training course.

Modules of the Composite Engineer course

An overview of the individual modules of the Composite Engineer course is given here.


Fundamental Module

Fundamental Module

This module gives an overview of the whole life cycle of a fiber composite component. This overview helps you to select suitable advanced modules to meet your needs.


Basic Module


The various components of fiber composites are discussed in this module as are methods for analyzing the properties and interactions of those components.


Basic Module

Processing Technologies

From FRP to the final product: Learn about the various methods for manufacturing FRP products.


Basic Module


This module covers machining methods for FRP components and their effective use.


Basic Module

Joining Technologies

This module gives you insight into selecting and using various joining methods, including mechanical and thermal methods and laser beam welding.


Specific Module

Recycling and Maintenance

Non-destructive test methods and repair and recycling concepts are covered in this module.


Specific Module

Characterization and Assessment

This module provides insight into the experimental characterization of fiber reinforced materials and products.


Specific Module (continuation): Material and product characterization

Proof Testing and Test Philosphies

Course participants are given insight into the testing philosophy for the experimental verification of design safety.


Specific Module

Surface Treatment and Analysis

The module covers surface treatment methods and surface analysis.


Specific Module

Manufacturing and Production Technologies

The module provides production-related insight into FRP production technologies and techno-economic evaluation.


Specific Module

Design and Architecture

This module describes methods and guidelines for the design and construction of FRP components.


Specific Module

Modeling and Simulation

This module covers numerical simulation (modeling) and the design of FRP components.


Specific Module

Vibration Reduction and Functional Integration

This module covers methods for dynamic structure and performance analysis and for vibration compensation.

Please note:


More specific modules are currently in development covering the fields of multi-material-design, ceramic based composite materials, short-fiber composites and production system design and evaluation methods.

Final Module

Final Module

More specific modules are currently in development covering the fields

of multi-material-design, ceramic based composite materials, short-fiber

composites and production system design and evaluation methods. 




Beate Brede

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM
Wiener Str. 12
28359 Bremen

Phone +49 421 5665-465

Fax +49 421 5665-400



Dates and registration: Fundamental Module


  • Fundamental Module
    IFAM, Bremen

    March 18 - March 20, 2020

Dates and registration: Basic Modules


  • Module: Materials
    IFAM, Bremen

    March 23 - March 25, 2020

  • Module: Processing Technologies
    IFAM, Bremen

    March 25 - March 27, 2020

  • Module: Machining
    IFAM, Bremen

    March 30 - April 01, 2020

  • Module: Joining Technologies
    IFAM, Bremen

    April 01 - April 03, 2020

Dates and registration: Specific Modules

(Select 4 in total)

  • Module: Recycling and Maintenance
    LBF, Darmstadt

    June 22- June 24, 2020

  • Module: Production System Design and Evaluation Methods
    LBF, Darmstadt

    June 24 - June 26, 2020

  • Module: Characterization and Assessment
    LBF, Darmstadt

    June 29 - July 01, 2020

  • Module: Proof Testing and Test Philosophies
    LBF, Darmstadt

    July 01 - July 03, 2020

  • Module: Surface Treatment and Analysis
    LBF, Darmstadt

    July 06 - July 08, 2020

  • Module: Manufacturing and Production Technologies
    LBF, Darmstadt

    July 08 - July 10, 2020

  • Module: Design and Architecture
    LBF, Darmstadt

    November 09 - November 11, 2020

  • Module: Multi-Material-Design
    LBF, Darmstadt

    November 11 - November 13, 2020

  • Module: Modeling and Simulation
    LBF, Darmstadt

    November 16 - November 18, 2020

  • Module: Vibration Reduction and Functional Integration
    LBF, Darmstadt

    November 18 - November 20, 2020

  • Module: Ceramic Based Composite Materials
    LBF, Darmstadt

    23.11. - 25.11.2020

  • Module: Short-Fiber Composites
    LBF, Darmstadt

    25.11. - 27.11.2020

Final Module

(Revision and examination)

  • Repetition and Examination
    IFAM, Bremen

    08.12. - 10.12.2020