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Micro-credential: Introduction to Manual Composite Layup Techniques

A short course to learn the fundamentals of manual composite layup techniques from Australia's largest independent aerospace and composites business, Quick-step and Western Sydney University.

Micro-credential: Introduction to Manual Composite Layup Techniques

Course Overview

This micro-credential course aims to provide participants and trainees with an introduction to manual composite layup techniques from composite design, material selection, moulding, hand handling, and curing to completed part extraction.

During the micro-credential course, the participants will have the opportunities to tackle the latest advances in composite manufacturing including additive manufacturing via site visits at Western Sydney University and other industrial connections.  

Course Details

Entry Criteria: No composite manufacturing experience is necessary. The course is suitable for:

  • Future and current manufacturing operators (learners)
  • Aerospace, aeronautic, mechanical, materials engineers
  • Quality engineers
  • Technical Managers
  • Other carbon fibre manufacturing or fabricating business in WPC

Who would benefit from this micro-credential? 

  • Existing workers of carbon fibre and fibreglass businesses 
  • Unemployed workers looking to enter/re-enter the workforce 
  • Final year tertiary undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students  
  • HDR (PhD, MPhil and MRes) interns

Cost: Course fees waived for *eligible participants (Express interest to find out more)

Course Structure

Introduction to Manual Composite Layup Techniques will consist of:

  • Face to Face sessions  
  • Additional learning support using Open Leaning Platform
  • Hands-on skills development at Quick-step Training Room at its Bankstown Factory 
  • Lab tour at Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, Kingswood campus, Western Sydney University 

Time Commitment: 30 hours spread over 4 days in a week

  • 7 hours each day on Tuesday-Thursday at Quick-step Training Room
    Starts: 7am – 2pm 
  • 9 hours on Friday at Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, Western Sydney University. This session will be delivered via Virtual Reality 
     Starts: 7am – 4pm 

Cohort 5

 04-08 September 2023

Cohort 6

06-10 November 2023

Interactive sessions aiming for the below learning outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between dry and pre-impregnated materials, their preparation and storage requirement
  • Apply release agent to tools/moulds and extract completed parts
  • Hand form multi-layers of fabrics to moulds (incorporating a range of internal and external curvatures, lap & butt joins)
  • Understanding & selection of consumables for compaction & final cure of composites
  • Apply a compaction & final bag to the layout & mould & understand the curing process 

In-person session at WSU Advanced Manufacturing Precinct

  • Visit to Western Sydney University’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct for a hands-on experience using skills learnt throughout the course.
  • Location: WSU Kingswood Campus, Z Building – Second Ave, Kingswood NSW 2747 


The New Education and Training Model (NETM) provides industry-led training opportunities that deliver the skills needed as the Western Parkland City grows. All NETM micro-credentials are short, flexible and accessible courses that enable you to gain the skills you need to advance your career.

The Western Parkland City includes the Local Government Areas of: Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.