Introduction to Plastics Engineering Technology (Online)

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Course Date: 
Sep 15 2015 - 8:00am
Brian Young
Educational Goals: 

The 10-week online course will introduce the participant to fundamental concepts and properties of plastic materials and the influence of chemical structure on polymer properties. It will also introduce the participants to the primary types of plastic processes used in industry today. The participants will gain a better understanding of plastic materials and their importance in today's society.

Throughout the duration of the course, the participants will be taught:

  1. The common different polymerization processes used to make thermoplastic materials.
  2. The concept of molecular weight of polymers and the effect this has on material properties.
  3. The different types of bonding that occur in polymer materials and the effect his has on the material properties.
  4. Polymer morphology.
  5. Viscoelastic, time-dependent, and temperature-dependent behavior of polymer materials.
  6. The different families of plastic materials and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  7. Recycling and biodegradability of plastic materials and the effect on the plastics industry.
  8. The main plastic fabrication processes currently used in industry.
Who should Attend: 

Among those who can benefit from this ten-week online seminar are operators, process and project engineers, manufacturing engineers, molding technicians, team leaders, designers, mold makers and sales and marketing staff.


Course Outline: 

There are six modules that will be released at the beginning of the ten-week course. A tentative schedule is established below. You are welcome to work ahead, but only questions on the scheduled material will be answered unless special arrangements are made with the instructor. Questions on the course material should be posted on the course discussion board. Questions of a personal nature or concerning grading should be e-mailed to the instructor. Both posted questions and e-mails will be responded to within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on weekends. Office hours will be established weekly where the instructor will be available to answer e-mails, phone calls, instant messages, etc.

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