The Composite Boat Building program is a highly structured curriculum that prepares individuals for the real world demands of manufacturing composite material and products for the marine industry.  The program divides the academic year into two specialized semesters, each focusing on the fundamental components of the planning and production of composite based marine industry products. Students in the composite boat building program study the strength, stiffness, structural mechanics and finish of many different composite materials such as fiberglass, carbon, aramids, gel coats and coatings. They are given instruction in the fabrication of these materials, from hand layup to vacuum infusion and pre-preg construction in both open and closed-molding environments. Students also build the plugs and molds needed for the production process. Although inclusive of a variety of composite materials, the program emphasizes the use of polystyrene in order to equip students with the most applicable skill set for the marine industry workforce.


The first semester of Composite Boat Building program prepares the students with base line knowledge of the manufacturing process by requiring the complete construction of several small boats.  Teams are created and assigned time-based schedules with set dates for accomplishing progress on the boats. Each team must also record all materials required for the production of their small boat, keeping track of all inventory for the project.  This semester introduces the students to the necessity of being efficient in both time management and product usage, all in context to the real world demand of meeting a deadline and overcoming obstacles in the process of manufacturing.


The second semester of the Composite Boat Building program builds upon the skills learned in the first by requiring students to continue the production of composite products for in-house application, such as parts for boats being built or serviced in other programs.  The students continue to develop plugs and molds for products, and begin studying the beginnings of structural mechanics in order to gain a fundamental understanding of the engineering and design of composite marine vessels.  Finally, each student is required to plan and produce a final project; the process includes the budgeting of materials and development of a production schedule for the final product.


As a student in the Composite Boat Building Program at The Landing School, you will explore the future of construction – lightweight, durable composite materials that push the limits of performance, in everything from furniture to aerospace applications. Our graduates develop far-ranging skills and a variety of career options, supported by a flexible curriculum in which they can design and present their own unique Capstone projects at year’s end.


Study subjects include:

Atmospheric Ovens, Closed-Molding & Vacuum Infusion
Construction & Repair Techniques
Fabrication Techniques & Material Selection
Plugs & Molds
Shop Practices & Tools

How You’ll Learn

You will gain first-hand knowledge of composite materials such as fiberglass, carbon and aramids, learning to assess their key properties (strength, stiffness, structural mechanics) for suitability in boat design and production. Fabrication techniques such as hand layup, vacuum-infusion and pre-preg part making are also covered in detail, building your expertise in both open- and closed molding environments. Students also work on project boats under highly experienced instructors to develop a solid foundation in boat building, from concept through construction. As a final project, you will pursue your own Capstone project. Students have pitched anything from developing composite car parts to violins. This experience mimics development in a real-world setting and challenges you to deliver detailed building techniques, budgets and schedules.

Earning Your Diploma or Degree

To earn a diploma in the Composite Boat Building Program, you must attend The Landing School full time for two semesters (about eight months) and meet all graduation criteria. Students wishing to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree can choose to stay an additional year and complete a second program, plus general education coursework.


Additional occupations include:

Boat Aeronautic Construction
Auto Racing Crew
Building Architecture
Racing Yacht Construction
Rigging Design
Sports Equipment

Average employment rate: 83%

Careers for Composite Boat Building Graduates

The U.S. composites industry is a $70 billion sector employing more than a half-million people nationwide. Our graduates can find careers in marine industry segments that include commercial, pleasure and naval boats and ships, moorings, buoys, marine docks, floats, outboard motors, stern drives, water skis/wakeboards, cruising boats, sailboats and more.

For more information, please call 207-985-7976 or fill out a contact form.

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