Conestoga College offers new packaging design course
New program designed to meet industry need with training in the structural design of packaging materials.
May 7, 2015
by Canadian Packaging staff
A new two-year diploma program to be offered at Conestoga College‘s Cambridge campus beginning in September 2015 will provide students with training in the structural design of packaging materials.
Students in the Packaging Engineering Technician program will develop the skills and knowledge to design and evaluate packaging from a variety of materials, including metal, glass, paper and plastic. They will develop protective packaging systems to solve hazards encountered in product distribution and recommend improvements to existing processes and products.
“Skilled packaging technicians are required in many different industries, from food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals,” says Conestoga’s School of Engineering and Information Technology chair Luis Garcia. “This program is a perfect fit for students who are creative and engineering-oriented, and who want to be very employable in the packaging industry.”
According to Garcia, the new program was developed in response to industry need, with many local companies reporting difficulty in finding candidates with the unique skillset required for success.
Industry representatives have contributed and can contribute to the development of the Packaging Engineering Technician diploma program through an active Program Advisory Committee, through donations of equipment and funds to support the start-up of the program, and through monies devoted to scholarships, awards, and bursaries.
Spaces in the program are still available for September 2015 entry.