- Designed For
- Designed for technicians, managers and support personnel looking for career advancement in the wood-based composites industry.
- Always Available
- Online, self-paced
- $300 - $350 per module; WBC members receive 25% off! Check the list of members, then contact the WBC to receive your discount code.
- Course Length
- Five to 10 hours per module
The Wood-Based Composite Science Short Course series, developed in partnership with the Oregon Wood Innovation Center and the Wood-Based Composites Center provides mill operators as well as career professionals with a fundamental knowledge of wood as an engineering material in the manufacturing of wood-based composites.
If you complete the series, you may be eligible for a Certificate of Completion and will be able to improve manufacturing efficiency and product performance, troubleshoot processing problems and enhance your value as an employee.
Wood science and technology experts, selected from top universities, government research labs and industry, teach the course's seven modules.
- Wood Structure
- Wood and Water Relationships
- Applied Statistics and Data Analysis
- Wood Adhesion Science and Technology
- Strand-based Composite Manufacturing
- Practical Wood Adhesives Technology
- Structural Plywood and Veneer Based Composite Manufacture
The modules are integrated online and build upon each other to provide a logical progression as participants transfer newly-acquired skills to the workplace. Modules are self-paced and can be started at any time to help you balance your career and other responsibilities.
Each module includes five to 10 hours of instruction. Participants who receive a 70-percent or above on the course final exam will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Fred Kamke is a professor and JELD-WEN Chair of Wood-based Composites Science at OSU.
Scott Leavengood is an associate professor and director of the Oregon Wood Innovation Center at OSU.
William Boehner is an courtesy faculty member at OSU.
Chris Knowles is an assistant professor of forest products marketing at OSU.
Chip Frazier is the Thomas M. Brooks Professor of sustainable biomaterials at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Richard "Dick" Baldwin has decades of executive, supervisory, and hourly experience across the forest products industry. Currently Dick is Managing Partner of Oak Creek Investments LLC. Dick also co-founded Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC in Louisville MS and is a partner in the business.