Ben,I think it would depend a lot on what sort of tasks and knowledge they're expected to develop for where it would be best to start them. Whether its parts manufacturing, resin manufacturing, optimizing the product, repairs, layup, etc.Regardless of the focus area, I highly recommend Brent Strong's book "Fundamentals of Composite Manufacturing" as a starting point. I only have the first edition, so I'm not sure what all has been updated in the second edition, but despite a 1989 publication date, the first edition is a great starting place for composite manufacturing knowledge. For a textbook, it is a rather brief read, and the "problem" sets are geared towards conceptual thinking rather than calculations, which will likely be more important for this new hire.As for getting knowledge of current developments and challenges, I suggest attending conferences, visiting suppliers/customers, and reading industry publications (Composites World, SAMPE, etc.). I also recommend that they put together an acronym dictionary for themselves when they start out. Engineering fields are always acronym heavy, and having a list helped me when I was first starting out.For hands on opportunity, if they are not a technician, having them shadow technicians for a few weeks can be highly beneficial as it allows them to understand your company's specific manufacturing process as well as any quirks or limitations therein. It's also a great way to get feedback and new eyes on any problems that might be going on. Also, although I have not personally attended any classes, I've heard great things about Abaris' hands-on training courses.Sorry for the overly long response, but hopefully there's a few ideas in there that can help.Thanks,Katrina
Hands on has always worked with those I have trained throughout the years.
The accomplishment factor of just building a composite clip board excites a new hire.
In your case the NONA process vs a typical layup is a must teaching class.
Here at Gulfstream we have an internal training class much like Abaris with hands on lab and classroom for new composite hires along with mentor training for the first few weeks.
That has proved to be very beneficial.
Ply orientation is simple but laying up an unbalance and a balance flat panel and seeing what that effect is... they get it as visual is usually remembered!
All the above information is great advise and I am interested to see what works for you.
Composite Specialist II
All of the advice above is very good stuff, I guess this person is getting flooded with knowledge in the upcoming weeks!
I personally learned a lot about composite manufacturing in university, but never had real hand-on experience. If you wish to train your employee to manufacture the composites all hands-on experience is of course only acquired by training and practice.For the more fundamental knowledge of composite manufacturing I would personally suggest two things
I hope this helps and best of luck training your new employee in the wonderful world of composite materials!