Southern California Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers
Promoting the scientific and engineering knowledge pertaining to plastics.
The College of the Extended University Cal Poly, Pomona
Plastics Engineering Technology Certificate Program
Saturday, February 11 and February 18, 2017 - Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Plastics Theory and Practice
Plastics Theory and Practice is part of an ongoing certificate program offered by the College of the
Extended University at Cal Poly Pomona. The four-course program provides practical instruction applicable
to materials, processing, product design and tooling.
Why should you attend?
This short course is designed for professionals entering the field of plastics desiring to acquire the basic
knowledge of Plastics industry in general. Plastics Theory and Practice is also suitable for individuals
in plastics sales, purchasing, marketing and management positions that do not possess a technical,
engineering or scientific background. This course should also be valuable for technical, scientific and
engineering personnel, either entering the field of plastics or interest-ed in broadening their knowledge
of materials and processing techniques. The objective of the course is to expose partic-ipants to the basics
and point them in right direction so that they can obtain more information through websites, books
and periodicals to further enhance their career. The PowerPoint presentation used in the course is
descriptive and practical and presented in simple, easy to understand language without being extremely
detailed or technical. It is widely illustrated with animations, diagrams and photographs.
Who should attend?
Sales and marketing personnel, engineers, product and tool designers, purchasing managers, plant
managers, tool makers, molding supervisors, quality assurance personnel and anyone who wants to
acquire basic knowledge of plastics in general and/or take a refresher course on the subject.
Polymer structure properties and applications Processing techniques
Plastics terminology Plastics tooling, Plastics processes
Product design basics Assembly and secondary operations
Material selection process Decorating and printing
Testing and failure analysis Interpreting data sheets
Plastics industry standards Plastics identification
In addition, students will receive a variety of useful handouts showing How and Where to get more
detailed information concerning a variety of plastics-related topics.
For more information call: College of the Extended University 909-869-2288 or
Comments Provided by Students
• Great course, very instructional…love the PowerPoint notes
• The instructor uses examples that are relevant to my industry/field
• The overall explanation of the basics of Plastics was very clear and concise, explained in plain English
without having to use big and sophisticated words to explain theory or function
• The course’s major strength was instructor’s ability to relate to real life experience
• Very Practical – I highly recommend to anyone new to plastics industry
• Hand-outs are great, I refer to them on regular basis
For more information, call: College of the Extended University 909-869-2288
Or Instructor: Vishu Shah 909-465-6699
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