Plastics Technology Training

Plastic injection molded objects play an indispensable role in daily life and are integral to a wide variety of products including medical devices, electronics, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, transportation, packaging, building construction, and in many other industries and consumer products.

  • The plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States
  • The U.S. plastics industry, including suppliers, employs more than 1.4 million workers
  • The U.S. plastics industry, including suppliers, creates more than $465 billion in annual shipments*

Industry Career Choices:

  • Technicians and machine operators
  • Plastic materials and equipment sales
  • Distribution channel workers
  • Quality control and inspection

Average Wage Information:

  • The average salary in this industry is $37,190 (varies due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits).**

Course Descriptions

Plastics Injection Molding – Level 1

Students will gain an introductory understanding of the plastics injection molding industry. Successful students master performance objectives in the following categories: plastic materials, plastic processing, basic machine operation, basic injection mold design and function, print reading, part measurement, simple math and conversions, machine computer operations, safety, MSDS and OSHA, and teamwork. Successful completion of the course will provide the student with the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to gain entry-level employment as a ‘setup technician’ in the plastics injection molding industry.

80 hours 4 weeks (M-F)

Cost: $800 ($400 for qualified individuals)

Intermediate Plastics Injection Molding – Level 2

The Level 2 course builds on skills gained in the Level 1 course. Additional learning objectives involve mold open/close profiles, injection processes, viscosity curves and plastic degradation, balancing molds, gate seals and newer methods of analysis. This course will also include an introduction to systematic molding techniques and local plant visits to witness the current, state-of-the-art equipment.

80 hours 4 weeks (M-F)

Cost: $800 ($400 for qualified individuals)

*SPI; The Plastics Trade Association, Economic Statistics, [2/21/14] []

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [2/21/14] []