The Metallic Structures and Composites Lab is equipped to accommodate an extensive array of functions related to the fabrication and repair of aircraft metal and composite structures.

The metallic structures portion has numerous common powered and hand tools for working with metal. Our composite capabilities include wet and prepreg layups and vacuum bagging. The lab also features tools and instruments for precision measuring, heat treatment and non-destruction testing.

Metallic Structures Equipment:

  • Hydraulic and foot-powered sheers
  • Box and pan brakes
  • Turret punch
  • Slip roll
  • Kett saws
  • Die grinders

Composite Structures Equipment:

  • Band saws and electric sanders, both disk and belt
  • Downdraft-sanding tables
  • Hot bonders
  • Curing oven: 40" x 40" x 72"
  • Walk-in freezer
  • Walk-in paint booth

Research Capacity:

In the lab, research opportunities exist in material testing, application methods, and composites makeup.

Lab Information

Location: Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science, Building 340, Room 115

Lab Directors: Prof. Travis Billette and Prof. Jim Malis

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email