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Packaging Engineering Technician

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
1348
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
CA
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

The Packaging Engineering Technician program provides training in the structural design of packaging materials. Students will learn to design packaging utilizing different materials: metal, glass, plastic, paper, and corrugated. Critical in the design of any packaging are: product protection (safety and security), durability, the ability to recycle materials, and sustainability opportunities and issues. The delivery of the program includes approximately 10% online courses.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at packeng@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Cambridge - September/2016 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 24

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Co-op Option

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Packaging Engineering Technician - Program # 1348

Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Packaging Engineering Technician - Program # 1348



Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50
Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of the program will find jobs such as packaging technician, packaging coordinator, package development specialist or packaging designer, with companies that supply packaging materials to any sector of the manufacturing industry. Larger manufacturers (e.g., food processors, pharmaceutical) are also potential employers.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMP1925 Packaging Software Applications

Description: Students will be introduced to the computer software commonly used within the Packaging industry. The capabilities of and applications for programs used by specific industry groups (i.e. ArtiosCAD for the corrugated and paperboard industries) and the broad based industry (i.e. CAPE, Excel) are reviewed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1270 Principles of Packaging

Description: This course looks at packaging systems, materials and forms, and their relationship to the needs and wants of society. It describes the functional characteristics that effective packaging systems must meet.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1085 Mathematics I

Description: Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Mathematics (General Level)

This course provides an extensive review and upgrading of some of the topics taken by students in high school. Its purpose is to ensure that the student has a fluent background in algebra and trigonometry in order to succeed in subsequent work in technology. The material covered includes fundamental arithmetic and algebraic operations, geometry, trigonometry and vectors. Functional notation and the graphical representation of a variety of functions are discussed. As well, the solution of systems of linear equations by algebraic methods and the solving of quadratic equations using examples and problems relating to the building industry are also discussed.
Please note: This course is restircted to students attending a full-tim engineering or Information Technology program.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PHYS1110 Physics I - Mechanics

Description: This course will give students a basic understanding of mechanics. Topics covered will include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power and fluids. The course includes laboratory exercises to enhance understanding of the lecture material.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
CHEM1140 Chemistry for Packaging

Description: This course first presents selected topics in atomic structure, periodic table, ionic and molecular compounds, states of matter, chemistry of water and air, characteristics of solutions, chemical reactions, ideal gas law, and quantitative relationships. The second part of the course covers the fundamentals of organic chemistry, including structure, nomenclature, properties, and important reactions of organic compounds, with functional groups also explained. The last part of the course introduces students to important aspects of polymers, including their classification, synthesis, properties, and applications. The course also includes a lab component, where the students carry out experiments to demonstrate the chemistry principles learned.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1280 Artios CAD Concepts

Description: The student will become familiar with ArtiosCAD Software in order to generate packaging drawings. The student will be able to design corrugated and paperboard containers to industry standard designs employing CAD software.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

GRDN2120 Packaging 1-A

Description: This introductory course enables the student to apply creative problem-solving techniques and working skills to a number of consumer-oriented product packaging assignments. Point of purchase and product advertising are essential areas of study. Experimentation with common materials used in the packaging industry (i.e., carton-board, plastics and glass) develops necessary research skills and effective design problem-solving based on examination of current packaging styles, techniques and marketing systems.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

IENG2010 Corrugated Packaging

Description: The student will be able to describe the physical properties and attributes of corrugated packaging best suited for the distribution of goods. In addition the student will be able to discern the nature and importance of load unitizing and load stabilization methods, operate computer aided load efficient software related to package and load design and identify the manufacturing requirements of a corrugated container. Standard industry corrugated board characterization tests will be performed.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1190 Mathematics II

Description: This course is a continuation of the Mathematics I and it is oriented towards the direct application of mathematical techniques to mechanical and electrical fundamentals. It covers inequalities, variation, sequences and the binomial theorem, trigonometry, plane analytic geometry as well as probability and statistics.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: MATH1085 or MATH1170
CoRequisites:

PHYS1120 Physics II

Description: As a continuation of Physics I, this course will examine more topics in physics. Topics will include current electricity, wave motion, optics, thermodynamics and mechanics in two dimensions. Understanding of the lecture material is enhanced through laboratory exercise.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
COMM1130 Technical Communications

Description: In this course, students will learn professional writing and presentation skills required for effective technical communication in the workplace. They will learn to write technical documents by applying standard technical writing style and analyzing their forms and uses for target audiences, purposes, and contexts. They will also learn to write formal technical proposals or reports using research and documentation skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1085 or COMM1180
CoRequisites:

DSGN2260 Rigid Container Design

Description: The student will be able to determine particular characteristics of the various rigid packaging forms used in packaging design. The benefits and applications of each rigid packaging medium will be discussed. For the purposes of this course, glass, metal and semi-rigid plastic containers will be discussed.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN2270 3D Artios CAD

Description: This course continues to explore the use of the ArtiosCAD software using more advanced modeling of designed materials.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

IENG2000 Paperboard Packaging

Description: The student will be able to describe the physical properties and attributes of paperboard best suited for the protection and distribution of goods. The student will operate computer aided design software and conduct standard industry paper board characterization tests.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

IENG2040 Protective Packaging

Description: The student will develop skills to analyze and evaluate the hazards encountered in the distribution environment. Concepts related to motion, mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems will be discussed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
DSGN2280 Flexible Packaging Design

Description: The student will learn the manufacturing techniques used in the creation and design of laminate structures that satisfy product preservation and safety needs. Numerous current or potential laminate structures, particularly as they relate to food packaging, will be evaluated to determine how they best work to protect the product. The student will also conduct industry standard film characterization tests.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

IENG1100 Packaging Specifications

Description: Students will examine the importance and format of packaging specifications to the packaging development process. With this knowledge the student will learn to write packaging specifications by applying the principles of well-written specifications. The interactive role of the packaging function in the development of packaging specifications, particularly as it relates to purchasing, will be discussed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

IENG2020 Introduction to Packaging Business Costing

Description: In this course the student will apply basic mathematics to understand the cost structure of manufacturing packaging materials. Topics included are materials, labour (e.g. payroll and wages), markup and markdown.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

IENG2030 Packaging Testing Lab 1

Description: Students will conduct laboratory experiments to determine properties of packaging materials and evaluate the response of packages and products to shock, vibrations, and compression. Students operate standard testing equipment and become familiar with industry recognized test methods and standards.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

IENG2050 Packaging Regulations

Description: Major packaging laws such as the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and the Food and Drug Act will be examined, particularly as they impact on package design.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

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