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Graduate Certificate in Packaging Engineering

With CBU’s Graduate Certificate in Packaging Engineering, you can develop and produce packaging that contains, protects, preserves, transports, informs, and sells a product.

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

What You’ll Study

The certificate program requires completion of three courses. Course work focuses on the study of products, packages, materials, containers, structures, methods, machinery, and transportation.

Course requirements can be completed online or on campus. Classes are held once a week and are offered as 8-week or 16-week classes.

All classes can be applied toward the MSEM or MSCIS program upon successful completion.

Required Courses

You may choose three courses from the following:

ENGM 640. Principles of Packaging – 3 credits
Packaging materials, container types, processes, technology, and equipment. Packaging development process, testing and evaluation methods, standards, and equipment. Government regulations. Special projects.

ENGM 642. Sustainability – 3 credits
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.

ENGM 643. Healthcare Packaging – 3 credits
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.

ENGM 644. Transport Packaging – 3 credits
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.

ENGM 645. Principles of Packaging Development – 3 credits
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.

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

How to Apply

To apply, submit the following:

  • Completed application with the $75 application fee
  • One official transcript of previous academic credits from each of the colleges or universities previously attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from former teachers or immediate supervisors qualified to attest to your preparation and ability to perform graduate study
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement describing the fit between career objectives and a master’s certificate

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