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Packaging Engineering


The Graduate Certificate in Packaging Engineering was designed for the engineer, scientist or technologist who must develop and produce packages that contain, protect and preserve, transport, inform, and sell a product. The Concentration includes the study of products, packages, materials, containers, structures, methods, machinery, and transportation.

Packaging activities at CBU are supported by various labs in the recently extensively-renovated Saint Benilde Hall as well as the Nolan Engineering Center. CBU Packaging Lab is certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA).

All course requirements can be completed online, live (usually between 5:30 and 8:15 p.m. for 15 weeks) or a combination of the two. All classes are captured on our media servers so if you cannot make it to a particular live lecture because of work or family obligations, you can watch a video recording later.

All classes can be applied toward the MSEM Program upon successful completion.

Required courses

Select three courses from the list below:

ENGM 640. Principles of Packaging
Packaging materials, container types, processes, technology, and equipment. Packaging development process, testing and evaluation methods, standards, and equipment. Government regulations. Special projects. Three credits

ENGM 642. Sustainability
Sustainability criteria and sustainable packaging. Steps to sustainable packaging. Design for optimizing materials and energy. Real-life design and material innovations. Life cycle assessment, examples and carbon footprints. Current state of implementations of sustainable packaging. Special projects. Three credits

ENGM 643. Healthcare Packaging
Introduction to the basics of materials used for healthcare packaging including materials selection. The steps used for packaging design and development and use of suitable conversion process from raw materials to packages. The considerations used for aseptic packaging and added sterilization process, if needed. Storage and distribution of final products to customers with codes imprinted on products for quick identification of source details. Finally the most important steps of scope, planning, preparation, and for receiving of FDA validation. Three credits

ENGM 644. Transport Packaging
Transport packaging related organizations, test protocols, and testing equipment. Distribution hazards including shock, vibration, compression, and temperature/humidity. Shipping container design. Interior packaging design. Unit load design. Packaging performance testing. ISTA laboratory, package, and professional certifications. Three credits

ENGM 645. Principles of Packaging Development
Review common packaging materials, packaging forms, and special packaging techniques for certain product commodities. Overview current practices and state-of-the-art of packaging design from concept to prototype. Learn to use ArtiosCAD, along with other computer drafting and modeling software. Create virtual package design. Utilize hand tools, Artios sample cutting table, thermal former machine to create prototype package. Prepare packaging specifications and design documentation for procurement and manufacturing. Discuss impacts of packaging design on manufacturing/fabrication cost, packaging operations, end use, and environment. Address packaging related laws and regulations, and be aware of copyright and intellectual property protection. Three credits

Recommended combination: ENGM 640, 644, and another packaging course depending on interest..

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