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. Those attending live at the Memphis campus will be provided dinner from our cafeteria as part of the tuition fee. Additionally all students will be provided the course textbook either hard-copy or electronic format (when available), as part of the tuition fee. 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.
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 641. Distribution and Medical Device Packaging
Physical distribution systems and distribution hazards. Rules and regulations governing distribution packaging and industry guidelines and practices. Basics of packaging materials, forms and sterilization methods used in biomedical industry. Packaging design, development, and validation. 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
Recommended combinations: ENGM 640/641/642, 640/642/643, 640/642/644, 640/643/644, or 642/643/644 depending on packaging background and interest.