Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center

Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center of Excellence is a 33,000 square-foot training center designed to serve the growing aerospace industry in Eastern North Carolina, as well as the education and training needs of companies throughout the region. The centerpiece of the facility is a 2,950 square-foot composites training lab, operated by Lenoir Community College to support pathways for careers in aerospace and related industries. Additional features of the Center include conference rooms, a dining room, computer labs and multi-functional meeting spaces.

Composite Training Lab Capabilities:

  • Provide customized training to aerospace, marine and wind energy organizations
  • Fabricate composite parts (for training purposes only)
  • Composite lay-up; pre-preg and wet lay-up
  • Trimming and drilling composite parts
  • Assembly including sealant and aviation fastener installation
  • Metal forming
  • Metal bonding
  • Blueprint reading
  • CATIA training
  • Autoclave Operator Training using a state-of-the-art 3’x5’ autoclave
  • Manufacturer’s certification/qualification training
  • Aircraft fastener identification, installation, and removal techniques
  • OSHA safety training and certifications
  • Shop math and metrics
  • Composite repair – basic and advanced
  • Initial aviation sheet metal training

Facility reservations:

Facility reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made by calling Administration at (252) 523-1351, ext. 300 or emailing lfwilliamson@ncdot.gov.

The Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center of Excellence has over 30,000 square feet dedicated to workforce training and development.

The Composite Center features a composites training lab where Lenoir Community College offers courses in aerospace manufacturing and composite repair.