In response to industry demand, Schoolcraft College Occupational Program leaders, Manufacturing/Metallurgy faculty, and Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) members have met on several occasions to investigate the development of a Plastics Technology program at Schoolcraft College.

The meetings have resulted in the identification of competencies and subsequent curriculum design for a non-credit course targeting CAD (computer-aided design) and CATIA® (software) designers who require knowledge of plastics materials, tooling, and processing, with emphasis on injection molding. 

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

This new course–developed and taught by industry experts. The core group meets regularly to continue discussions around additional program offerings and curriculum development.

Introduction to Plastic Materials and Processing

CESB-6257 (3.6 CEUs)

Designed especially for individuals working in the plastics industry who want to increase their understanding of plastic materials and applications, this course provides an understanding of plastic materials, tooling, processing and testing, with an emphasis on injection molding. Participants will learn about different types of plastic materials, and how material choice relates to part performance. Participants will apply knowledge gained to improve day to day work and be able to effectively communicate with various disciplines within the plastics industry.

Course Competencies

  1. Identify characteristics of different types of plastic materials that make it appropriate for the application.
  2. Discriminate between the advantages and limitations of common plastic molding processes.
  3. Relate application test requirements to material and process choice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to identify various features of a plastic part.
  5. Understand how various material choices and processing techniques can affect the molded part.
  6. Illustrate various material, design and process options affecting part mass, cost and performance.
  7. Apply background concepts and knowledge of materials to tool design.
  8. Apply background concepts and knowledge of processability to part design.
  9. Apply plastic part design knowledge into tooling.
  10. Apply engineering fundamentals to plastics part design.

About the Instructor

Dr. Sassan Tarahomi has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) for 24 years, is currently a Fellow of SPE and serves as President Elect (June 2013-June 2014) of the Detroit Section. Over the past 26 years, Dr. Tarahomi has held various engineering leadership positions in the Plastics and Automotive industry. He has taught plastics material, design and processing to automotive designers and engineers for over 15 years and has been instructing this course at Schoolcraft College since the spring of 2013. Dr. Tarahomi is currently the Advanced Engineering Material Manager at International Automotive Components Group Headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. He has extensive knowledge of plastics tooling and die design, plastic parts design and assembly, plastic materials, processing and testing, rapid prototype materials and processes, engineering simulation and analysis, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing, program management, and Six Sigma methodology. He has been certified as a green belt Six Sigma since 2006. Dr. Tarahomi has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, a M.S. in CAD/CAM from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Engineering in Plastics Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Dr. Tarahomi has received 14 patents in the United States and other countries.

Register Beginning March 20

Download PDF Packet

  • Visit WebAdvisor
  • Click “Continuing Education (Non-Credit)”
  • Click “Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes”
  • At the bottom of the page, type 6257 in the “4-digit CES Number” field
  • Click “Submit”
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to register and pay for the course

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