Structural Packaging Design and Management
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
About the ProgramThe Structural Packaging Design & Management program is a one-year graduate certificate designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to design and manage the production of packaging in a variety of materials including metal, glass, plastic, paper and corrugated. Students will study critical aspects of structural packaging design: product protection (safety and security), durability, the ability to recycle materials, and sustainability opportunities and issues. Significant career opportunities exist across many sectors of industry.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Cambridge - September/2018 - Fall | Winter
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
First-Year Capacity: 30
- Advanced diploma or university degree from an accredited institution in science or engineering (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Food Science/Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering).
- Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of length of degree/diploma, level of degree, degree/diploma discipline, and academic performance.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- A general chemistry course at the post-secondary level is strongly recommended.
- Computer literacy and a working knowledge of MS Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets is expected.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- TOEFL iBT 88
- CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
- PTE Academic 58
- Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
- Conestoga offers a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. Students will be eligible for admission to the graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of their academic background, including:
- length of program and type of credential;
- area of study and its affinity with the Structural packaging Design program
- overall academic performance.
Tuition & Fees
Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates of the program will find jobs such as packaging coordinator/technician, packaging development specialist, packaging innovation technician, quality assurance packaging specialist, or structural designer and/or at supervisory levels with companies that supply packaging materials to any sector of the manufacturing industry. Larger manufacturers (e.g. food processors, pharmaceutical) are also potential employers.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: The student will learn the use of ArtiosCAD to develop packaging design concepts. This course will also explore the use of 3D modeling and animation in the design process as it applies to the packaging industry. Throughout the course, students will learn how to use a Kongsberg Sample Table to validate solutions
|DSGN8191||Structural Design - Paperboard
Description: This course will cover the physical properties and attributes of paperboard as well as the different manufacturing processes involved in the manufacture of a paperboard container. Through the application of this knowledge in ArtiosCAD, students will be able to develop and create effective packaging systems for relevant products.
|DSGN8201||Structural Design - Rigid Containers
Description: This course will cover the physical properties and attributes of various rigid packaging forms as well as the different manufacturing processes involved in the manufacture of rigid containers. Through the application of this knowledge in ArtiosCAD, students will be able to develop and create effective packaging systems for relevant products.
|DSGN8211||Structural Design - Corrugated
Description: This course will cover the physical properties and attributes of corrugated packaging as well as the different manufacturing processes involved in the manufacture of a corrugated container. Load unitizing and load stabilization methods will be thoroughly discussed. Through the application of this knowledge in computer aided software, students will be able to develop and create effective packaging systems for relevant products.
|IENG8001||The Packaging Manufacturing Industry, Product Protection and Costing
Description: In this course students will learn about the sectors that make up the packaging manufacturing industry, including manufacturing methods used and their importance in industry. This course will also cover effective and accurate methods used in industry to calculate manufacturing costs of packaging materials. Factors that contribute to the production cost, such as labour and raw materials, will be discussed. An in-depth analysis of hazards to which packaging systems are exposed will be conducted. Students will apply their knowledge of these hazards to the development of innovative packaging that effectively protects the product for which it is designed, while at the same time considering sustainability and the environment.
Description: In order for manufacturing companies to remain competitive, it is of vital importance for management teams to support and implement a prioritized continuous improvement program. This course will provide students with specific tools that can be extremely effective in managing and leading continuous improvement across all functions of an organization. Students will also be provided with effective methods to communicate at all levels of the organization to gain support for the types of changes that result from continuous improvement implementations and to drive increased employee engagement.
|DSGN8221||Structural Design - Flexible Containers
Description: This course will cover the physical properties and attributes of various flexible packaging forms as well as the different manufacturing processes involved in the manufacture of flexible containers. Emphasis will be given to laminate structures and their application in the food industry. The student will apply this knowledge to develop and create effective packaging systems for relevant products.
|IENG8011||Packaging Testing Technology
Description: This course will use testing technology and methods commonly used by industry, to develop in the student the skills necessary to describe the specific characteristics of different packaging systems. The student will also learn to select appropriate testing technology and methods for specific packaging applications.
|IENG8021||Packaging Regulations, Specifications and Supply Chain
Description: The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and the Food and Drug Act will be studied. Students will develop the skills required to develop packaging specifications that meet current regulations, as part of the product development process. The course will describe the flow of packaging materials, from manufacturing to the final customer, providing an understanding of the entire supply chain. Students will investigate the impact to the environment and sustainability using different tools.
|IENG8031||New Packaging Development, Trends and Innovation
Description: This course will cover in detail the process followed in industry to develop new packaging materials and systems, from concept to market. It will describe different approaches to innovation such as, closed an open innovation. An analysis of current trends in packaging for different sectors of industry will be conducted.
|MGMT8550||Introduction to Project Management
Description: This course provides the tools to manage and monitor the progress of complex projects across cross-functional teams of employees in multiple departments. The project management tools include clear definition of goals, outlining specific tasks and components, status reporting, the use of MS Project, and holding employees accountable for completion of project milestones. This managerial skill will help establish priorities and effectively manage projects to drive business results.
|QUAL8050||Lean Six Sigma
Description: This course will demonstrate how two complementary continual improvement philosophies have been combined to provide a methodology that achieves rapid improvements in customer satisfaction, cost, quality and process speed. Through the application of a structured approach students will learn how to reduce waste, minimize defects and eliminate non-value-added activities in any manufacturing or transactional process.
- Apply the principles of mathematics and science to analyze and solve complex technical problems related to packaging engineering technology
- Evaluate the characteristics, attributes, manufacturing processes, systems and technologies associated with packaging materials through the application of engineering principles and practices.
- Design protective packaging systems and processes that address hazards encountered in product distribution and meet market and customer demands.
- Solve management, technology and applied engineering problems using modeling and design packaging software.
- Apply packaging testing techniques to different packaging materials and systems.
- Recommend improvements to processes and products through the examination of distribution, logistics, operations and the regulatory and business environments.
- Act upon decision tools and methods and support the action taken using effective verbal and written communication skills.
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