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Packaging Engineering Technician (Fast Track)

Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

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. This program is offered as a fast-track delivery for graduates of university or college programs that have already successfully completed courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics (see admission requirements). Students that meet the admission requirements of the fast-track delivery will complete two semesters of in-school training leading to an Ontario College Diploma.

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Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Cambridge - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 24

Admission Requirements

A two-year diploma or three-year advanced diploma in a related program with required courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics (e.g. mechanical engineering, civil engineering, food engineering, food technology, biotechnology) from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT), or equivalent, OR a university degree in a related field with required courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics (e.g. environmental studies, engineering, general science, environmental science, earth sciences, chemistry, microbiology or biology)

Note re: Admission Requirements

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Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

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 may 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:

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 (13481)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
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

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

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: COMP1925

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: DSGN1270

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: DSGN1280

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: DSGN1270

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: DSGN1270

Level 2
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: CHEM1140

DSGN2400 New Product Development - Packaging

Description: Students will learn the process followed by industry as part of the development of new packaging materials and products. In addition to product protection and material feasibility factors, students will apply learnings in graphic design, sustainability, market research and consumer trends.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: DSGN2270, IENG2040, IENG2030

IENG1100 Packaging Specifications

Description: In this course, students will examine and analyze specification documentation requirements, performance factors, and tolerance levels. Students will study and utilize sets of documents detailing the exact dimensional, aesthetic, and functional requirements of each component in a packaging system. Students will utilize this knowledge to follow the principles of well-written specifications.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1130

IENG2020 Introduction to Packaging Business Costing

Description: In this course, students will apply basic mathematics to understand the cost structure of manufacturing packaging materials. Students will be able to determine the cost of various packaging materials as well as to demonstrate an understanding of how the cost of labour is calculated. Students will learn to apply mark-ups and mark downs with relevance to the industry. The student will construct a bill of materials for a complete packaging project and demonstrate how to calculate total cost of packaging materials and the cost of labour to provide a final price to the customer.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: MATH1190

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. These activities support the student's ability to develop laboratory methodologies that effectively evaluate a package and/or packaged product.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: CHEM1140, MATH1190, PHYS1120

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: DSGN1270, MATH1190, PHYS1120

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

Program Outcomes

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Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

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Guelph, Ontario
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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2017 Cambridge Suspended
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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