Business Development Center / Plastic Technology Program

Plastic Technology Academy

Join us for our innovative Plastic Technology Academy delivered remotely by industry experts and designed to fit your schedule.  Plastics practitioners, engineers, technicians or sales and marketing staff benefit by gaining and applying fundamental knowledge.  Choose to take the full series (5 modules) or select the most relevant  modules to fulfill your needs.  Explore how to: 

  • Select the best materials for your products
  • Choose the best processing technique
  • Apply plastic part design to tooling choices
  • Discover additive and reinforcement options and understanding testing techniques

Registration Instructions

To register online and pay with a credit card:

  1. Go to https://webadvisor.schoolcraft.edu
  2. Select “Continuing Education (Non-Credit)”
  3. Select “Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes”
  4. Enter the 6-digit Section Number into the field 
  5. Select “Submit”
  6. Check the box next to the correct course and select “Submit”
  7. Follow the on-screen prompts to register and pay for the course

Company-Paid Tuition is an option. Please contact plastics@schoolcraft.edu for more information.


Thursdays, February 18, 2021 - March 25, 2021

Plastic Technology Academy (24 hours)

  • Register Now for the Full Series and Save!
  • Take all 5 modules for a comprehensive dive into the many facets of plastic materials and processing. Classes are offered in a "live" remote format so you interact with our instructors for discussions and in-class projects.  

Thursdays, February 18 - March 25, 2021 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | CESB 6327  | Section 815104 | $1,755

Materials Module (4 hours)

  • Plastic Materials Overview
  • Rigid Plastic Materials
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | CESB 6328 | Section 815105 | $329

Processing Module (4 hours)

  • Processing Overview
  • Blow Molding, Pultrusion and Slush Molding
  • Compression Molding, Thermoforming and Calendaring

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | CESB 6329 | Section 815106 | $329

Injection Molding Module (8 hours)

  • Overview of Injection Molding
  • Injection Molding Tooling and Design
  • Troubleshooting
  • Mold Shrinkage
  • Flow through the Mold

Thursdays, March 4 and March 11, 2021 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | CESB 6330 | Section 815107 | $625

Additives and Reinforcements Module (4 hours)

  •  Additives and Reinforcements
  • Advanced Materials
  • Extrusion and Plastics Compounding

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | CESB 6332 | Section 815108 | $329

Testing Module (4 hours)

  •  Automotive Testing
  • Plastic Material Testing

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | CESB 6331 | Section 815109 | $329