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Plastic Injection Molding Technology

Course Descriptions
DATC Certificate of Program Completion (Catalog Year: 2017, Required Hours: 930)

INJM 0000 - Plastic Injection Molding Technology Orientation 0 Hours
INJM 1000 - Basic Injection Molding Machine Operations 60 Hours
Students in this course will learn to operate an injection molding machine in a production environment, to included machine operation, defect identification, and concepts of quality manufacturing. An introduction to general safety, as well as safety that is specific in an injection molding environment are covered. Students will also learn to de-gate and count parts, as well as document running conditions and production numbers while operating a molding cell.  
MATH 1000 - Math I 60 Hours
Students learn to apply the correct mathematical operation to solve practical problems. Students use whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents to solve practical problems. Students are introduced to the basics of measurement, geometry, averages, probability, patterns and simple equations.  
BTEC 1030 - Operating Systems and Email Applications 30 Hours
In this course students will learn essential skills needed to successfully use a computer in school and at work. They will learn how to maneuver within the Windows environment through hands-on activities; including, launching programs, working with windows and the taskbar to enable multitasking, customizing the desktop, and managing files. Students will learn to use both a USB drive and the cloud for file storage. Finally, students will learn how to use the Internet to efficiently search for information on the Web and send and receive email.  
BTEC 1031 - Word Processing Fundamentals 30 Hours
Students will learn to create, format, and save documents. They will also learn to use the Help feature, the spelling and grammar checker, the format painter, styles, and how to copy and move text in order to produce and enhance business documents.  
BTEC 1032 - Spreadsheet Fundamentals 30 Hours
Students will be introduced to the essential spreadsheet features needed to create worksheets by entering and editing data. The will also learn to format worksheets and will explore the use of formulas, functions, and charts.  
INJM 1010 - Practical Injection Molding 90 Hours
Students in this course will learn basic principles of hydraulics and electro-mechanical actuators on molding machine clamp and injection units. Students learn the structure of a mold, including two plate, three plate, and hot runner molds. Students identify mold parts by disassembling and reassembling a mold. Polymer types and material properties are discussed. In addition, this course will cover the difference in amorphous and crystalline materials. Students also learn to verify and change common machine control settings on a molding machine.  
INJM 1020 - Injection Molding Changeovers 60 Hours
Students in this course will learn basic procedures to safely and quickly change over a molding cell from one product to another. Students will learn to document the changeover process and improve the speed and accuracy of an injection molding changeover using the SMED improvement process (Single Minute Exchange of Dies). Students will also learn to apply these principles in current and future workplaces.  
INJM 1030 - Economics of Injection Molding Operations 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn how money is made in an injection molding operation and what main factor effect profits. Students will learn about conditions of material cost, labor cost, scrap rate, and overhead effect the profitability of a molding department or company. Students will learn the cost of a blocked cavity and the potential reduction in cost from automating molding tasks. Students will also learn how to justify capital investments improve quality, reduce costs and improve profit margins.  
INJM 1040 - Injection Molding Auxiliary Equipment 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn about common auxiliary equipment found in molding cells including granulators, dryers, mold temperature controllers, sprue pickers, chillers, cooling towers, hot runner controls, hopper loaders and hydraulic core units. Students will learn the main functions of each of these machines and how they add value to the molding process. Students will also learn to operate the auxiliary equipment in the molding lab by performing changeovers and learning to set parameters on the equipment.  
INJM 1050 - Hot Runner Molding Solutions 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn the details of how hot runners systems function, how they add value to the molding process, and what potential pitfalls come with hot runner systems. Students will learn about hot runner controllers, cables, and wiring. Hot runner system return on investment will be discussed for manifold systems, valve gate systems, and hot sprue bushings.  
INJM 1100 - Standardized Process Tests 30 Hours
Students is this course will learn about helpful machine processing tests that facilitate scientific molding in order to pick repeatable injection times. Students will learn how to perform these tests on several machines with several different molds and will also learn how to apply the results of the tests to pick optimal fill time ranges. The process tests include static and dynamic check rings tests, load sensitivity, effective viscosity study, pressure loss study, fill time study, part weight study, screw and barrel study, and melt temperature study.  
INJM 1110 - Process Development and Decoupled Molding 90 Hours
Students in this course will learn what scientific molding, or Decoupled Molding(SM), is and how to use the principles to create robust injection molding processes. Students will learn to master skills in processing tools including setting all required molding machine and auxiliary equipment settings. Students will learn to optimize the processes to minimize cycle time and maximum product quality. Students will also learn transfer tools between different injection molding machines and become familiar with the FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) and its application in developing robust molding processes.  
INJM 1120 - Injected Molded Part Problems and Solutions 40 Hours
Students in this course will learn how to eliminate common defects found in injection molded parts. Students will learn the causes of common defects like, burn marks, cracking, flash, jetting, short shots, sink marks, splay, dimensions issues, voids, warp and weld lines. Students will be faced with different defects in an existing process and will learn to propose, test, and implement process and tooling solutions to eliminate defects.  
INJM 1130 - Basic Automation for Injection Molding 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn to perform basic setup and operation of sprue pickers and injection molding takeout robots. Students will learn the basics of the robot interface plug, dummy plugs, and how to work safely around robots. Students will learn how to setup a sprue picker for operation with a two-plate mold and a three-plate mold. Students will participate in activities that will help them understand how a robot or sprue picker can save money and improve quality. Students will learn how to use a reject chute or reversing conveyor.  
INJM 1140 - Injection Molding Maintenance 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn basic skills in preventative maintenance for molding equipment. Students will learn machine leveling, hydraulic system maintenance, measuring platen parallelism, mold maintenance, and maintenance work on screws, barrels and non-return valves.  
INJM 1150 - Injection Molding Student Project 20 Hours
Students in this course students will complete a project that is defined by the student and instructor to improve skills in a particular area. The project with either be selected from an issue that needs to be solved in the DATC injection molding lab, the student’s employer, or another business seeking help to solve an injection molding problem. These projects could include mold tryouts for prototype tooling, SMED tool change improvements, cycle time optimization, installation of cavity pressure transducers, etc… However projects will only be selected that can be completed in the lab, not at a remote location.  
WKSK 1400 - Workplace Relations 60 Hours
This course will help you develop essential human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. It includes familiarization with problematic areas found in the workforce including: presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, winning at office politics, and planning and managing your career.  
INJM 2900 - Plastic Injection Molding Technology Externship 60 Hours
Students in this course will apply the skills they have developed in the program to solve real world problems in local molding shop. Employers will assign the student to solve one or several problems on the molding floor including performing machine test, cycle time optimization, scrap rate discovery and reduction, creating setup sheets for existing processes, performing SMED tooling change activities, and creating processes for tools. The employer, instructor and student will work together to create combination that benefits the student and the employer.  
IAMT 1250 - Fluid Power Hydraulics 60 Hours
This course is a real world hands-on approach to learning hydraulic principles and circuitry. Topics include force and energy transmission, identifying American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) hydraulic symbols and understanding how to read and draw the hydraulic schematics. In addition, students will use schematics to construct hydraulic circuits, hydraulic components construction, operation and symbols including prime movers, reservoirs, pumps, gauges, directional control valves, cylinders, motors, and filters.  
INJM 2000 - Advanced Process Development 60 Hours
Students in the course will learn to use in cavity pressure transducers and control systems to detect part defects, optimize processes, perform gate seal studies, and to create cavity pressure controller velocity to pressure switchover processes. Students will learn what transducers are available and how they can be implemented in a mold. Students will learn how to use and RJG eDART to measure and control processes, operate a reject cute, and transfer a process from one press to another.  
INJM 2001 - Advanced Robot Programming 60 Hours
Students in this course will learn to program 3 axis servo robots to pick part from a mold, de-gate parts, perform patterned part stacking, and interface with downstream automation. Students will also learn about robot guarding requirements, both SPI and Euromap robot connectors, applications of robots for injection molding, and robot cycle time optimization. Capital equipment justification and end of arm tooling will also be discussed.  
INJM 2002 - Statistical Process Controls 30 Hours
Students in the course will learn to use statistical process control (SPC) to detect process variations and perform problem solving activating with injection molding processes. Students will learn basic statistical skills and will learn to create control charts, calculate and understand Cpk and Ppk values, and the basics of designed experiments.