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Added to the specialization course created in 2010 by Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), these initiatives are the result of the efforts that the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) has been making over the recent years to overcome the historical lack of workforce specialized in composites in the country.
Universidade Positivo and Centro de Ensino Superior dos Campos Gerais (CESCAGE), both from the Brazilian State of Paraná, have just included the subject “composite materials” in their curriculums – postgraduate in the first; undergraduate and extension in the second.
“Although our market is one of the fastest growing in the world, there is a real blackout of talents in Brazil. Therefore, we are tirelessly working to make these courses available”, says Gilmar Lima, president of ABMACO. Directors of the association will be part of the faculty.
At Universidade Positivo, the postgraduate program in composites – the first in Brazil – will be related to the Design and Product Design Course, which is coordinated by Jorge Tamura. “We already had a subject on the introduction to composites in the undergraduate program. With the postgraduate, we will be able to address more broadly the main player among the materials”, he says.
CESCAGE, besides the university extension aimed at engineers and architects, now includes the subject about composite materials in the courses of civil engineering and electrical, architecture and buildings. “We have a waiting list of forty engineers and architects interested in taking an extension course in composite materials,” says Julia Streski, chairman of the Board of Directors.
Established in 1981, the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) represents the entire production chain of composites or fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP), a material that has over 40,000 applications cataloged worldwide, from water storage tanks to pipes and aircraft and rocket parts. Presided by Gilmar Lima, General Director of MVC Soluções em Plásticos, ABMACO has about 300 members and holds, together with Institute for Technological Research (IPT), the Composites Technologic Center (CETECOM), the largest of its segment in Latin America.
More information: www.abmaco.org.br