Plastic Technology

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

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 Plastic Technology program at Schoolcraft College. As a result, the following two programs have been developed and launched:

Introduction to Plastic Materials & Processing 

This 12-week non-credit course is designed for those working in the industry who want to increase their understanding of plastic materials and applications.

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Register Beginning July 30, 2014

  • 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

NEW! Plastic Technology Skills Certificate

Earn 16 college credits and be on your way to an associate degree and a promising career in the plastics industry.

Meet Our Faculty

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.

Peter F. Grelle has been employed in the plastics industry for nearly forty (40) years and has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1972. He is currently owner/president of Plastics Fundamentals Group LLC, a company specializing in training and consulting. He was employed nearly twenty (20) years with The Dow Chemical Company, and prior to Dow was employed by the Monsanto Company, the Winchester Group of Olin Corporation, and Wellman Inc. Plastics Division. Peter received his B.S. in Plastics Technology from Lowell Technological Institute, and his M.S. in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He holds four (4) US and international patents in plastics product design, and has authored and co-authored forty (40) publications in the areas of plastics part design, plastics materials, structural foam molding, recycling, and plastics process technology.  Peter is the recipient of the 2000 Engineer of the Year Award from the Injection Molding Division of the SPE, the 2001 SPI Structural Plastics Division Industry Recognition Award, and the 2006 SPE Honored Service Award. He has also received four (4) Best Paper Awards from the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) Structural Plastics Division, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Injection Molding Division, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).  Since 2009, Peter has been a member of the SPE Detroit Section Board of Directors and was Detroit Section President from 2013-2014. Since 1991, he has been a member of the SPE Injection Molding Division Board of Directors and was Injection Molding Division Chairperson from 1997-1998, and currently serves as the Injection Molding Division Technical Director. Peter was also a member of the SPE Rochester, New York Section Board of Directors from 1993 to 1996.

Armando Sardanopoli retired from BASF in 2006 after working for 20 years managing the technical service and product development activities, capping more than 36 years of experience in Technical Service, Product Development, and R&D in the plastics industry. He also managed the Technical Service and Product Development functions in the European market for Upjohn and Dow Chemical. Since 2006, Mr. Sardanopoli has consulted in the plastics industry through his company Sardanopoli Specialty Elastomer Consultants, LLC. He has developed and implemented process training programs, assisted in developing new elastomer formulations, coordinated technical service for international resin suppliers and assisted in troubleshooting TPU manufacturing facilities. Mr. Sardanopoli has a chemical engineering degree from The City College of New York and a Business Management Master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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