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CCT-Open Molding

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Much has changed since the Open Molding CCT was first published over 10 years ago. This updated program reflects changes in processes and practices. Enroll today for the latest information on the open molding process.

Thanks to the Open Molding process of making fiberglass composites, we can enjoy magnificent boat hulls and decks, RVs, truck cabs, spas, bathtubs, shower stalls and many other finished products. Open Molding involves either spray-up or hand lay-up, and it can be accomplished in several ways. Over the years, these methods have been refined to be more energy efficient. To reduce VOC emissions, new spray guns and heads dispense gel coats and resins, and roller impregnators pump resin into something similar to a paint roller.

As the original CCT program offered by ACMA, the CCT-Open Molding focuses on the broad scope of Open Molding technology. The exam and study guide focus on the practical aspects of gel coat applications, laminating techniques and safety procedures. This program is also available in Spanish.

As a candidate for the CCT-Open Molding, one can expect to see the following subject matters addressed in the study materials, as well as the certification examination.

Program Overview - Open Molding

  • Basic Composites
  • General Composite Knowledge
    • Composites Overview
    • The Composites Industry
    • What are Composites?
    • Why Composites are Different
    • The Advantages of Composites
    • History of the Composites Industry
  • Composites Manufacturing Process
    • Overview
    • Open Molding
    • Closed Molding
    • Cast Polymer Molding
  • Composites Materials
    • The Polymer Matrix
    • Thermoset Resins
    • Overview of Polyester Resins
    • Initiators, Promoters, and Inhibitors
    • Resin Additives
    • Gel Coat
    • Reinforcement Materials
    • Core Materials
  • Quality Control and Troubleshooting
    • The Approach to Quality
    • Quality Assurance System vs. Quality Control Program
    • Quality Terminology
    • Management Roles in Quality
    • Building a Quality System
    • Procedural Quality Control
  • Composites Plant Safety
    • Introduction to Shop Safety
    • Chemical Safety
    • Fire Prevention and Safety
    • Fluid Handling Equipment Safety
    • Electrical Safety
    • Power Tool Safety
    • Compressed Air Safety
    • Lock-Out/Tag-Out Procedures
    • Lift Truck Safety
    • General Personal Safety
    • Housekeeping and Safety
    • Confined Space Entry
    • Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
    • Respiratory Protection Program

Open Molding

  • Gel Coat Application
    • Introduction to Gel Coating Technology
    • Gel Coating Safety
    • Gel Coat Storage & Handling
    • Raw Material Quality Assurance
    • Overview of Spray Gun Set Up
    • Gel Coat Application Methods
    • Pre-Gel Coat Checklist
    • Spraying Techniques
  • Laminating Technology
    • Introduction
    • Objectives of Open Molding Laminating
    • Placement of Reinforcement
    • Resin-to-Glass Ratio
    • Saturation of Fiberglass Reinforcement
    • The Tools of the Trade
    • Hand Lay-Up Laminating Techniques
    • Spray-Up Laminating Techniques
    • Properly Curing the Laminate
    • Specific Hand Lay-Up Laminating Procedures
    • Spray-Up Laminating Specifics
    • Wet Laminate Core Material Bonding procedure
    • Laminating Quality Control
    • Flow Choppers vs. Traditional Choppers
    • Laminating Safety
  • Controlled Spraying
    • Introduction to Spray Application
    • Controlled Spraying Training Program
    • Spray Application Terminology
    • Application Equipment
    • Spray Gun Set-Up & Pressure Calibration
    • Overspray Containment Flanges
    • Spraying Techniques
    • Operator Training and Performance Evaluation
    • Controlled Spraying Summary
  • Fluid Handling Equipment
    • Plural Component Application Equipment
    • Plant Compressed Air System
    • Grounding of Fluid Handling Equipment
    • Types of Application Equipment
    • Non-Atomized Application
    • Fluid Pumps & Initiator Delivery
    • General Equipment Operating Principles
    • Plural component Equipment Calibration
    • Equipment Maintenance
    • Handling MEKP Initiator Safely
  • Open Molding Best Practices
    • Polyester Resin Curing
    • Viscosity
    • Gel Coat Formulations
    • Gel Coat Porosity
    • Gel Coat Pre-Release
    • Alligatoring
    • Cosmetics and Surface Profiling