Plastics Engineering

Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificates in Plastics Engineering

The UMass Lowell Department of Plastics Engineering offers eight graduate certificates in a wide variety of topics.

About Graduate Certificates

All Plastics Engineering graduate certificates are comprised of four courses (12 graduate credits) designed to provide specific knowledge and expertise vital to today's changing and complex neds in the workplace. In all cases courses may be applied toward a degree program provided they meet transfer credit requirements.

Note: Courses used as credit towards one Plastics Engineering Certificate may not count towards anothe Plastics Engineering Certificate.

Requirements to Complete a Graduate Certificate

The four courses must be completed within a five year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and with no more than 3 credits below a B. Courses completed for one certificate may not be used for another certificate, but can be used for the graduate degrees.

Certificate Application Process

Individuals must complete a simplified application, provide an official undergraduat transcript indicating that a bacca;aureate degree has been awarded, and submit a nominal application fee. GRE's are not required.

For more information visit the Plastics Engineering Department website.

 Commercial Development for Plastics Engineers

Department of Plastics Engineering

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

Admission to this 12 credit program is open to candidates with a B.S. in Engineering or a related field.

Courses previously used for another Plastics Engineering Certificate may not be used for a second Plastics Engineering certificate. Students who wish to continue with their education may apply all of these courses to any one of the Plastics Engineering Graduate M.S. Degree Programs or our D.Eng. Degree Program.

Required Courses (Six credits):

  • PLAS.5140 Statistics for Six Sigma
  • PLAS.5370 Business Law for Engineers

Elective Courses (any two of the following courses - total of six credits):

  • PLAS.5150 Lean Plastics Manufacturing
  • PLAS.5400 Commercial Development of Polymeric Systems
  • PLAS.5900 Survey of Intellectual Property
  • PLAS.6070 Supply Chain Management
  • MECH.5760 Engineering Project Management
  • MGMT.5160 New Product Development Processes
  • MGMT.6150 Foundations of New Venture Creation

 Elastomeric Materials

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

This 12 credit certificate program is designed for students who have attained a bachelor's degree and need additional knowledge in elastomeric materials. Admission to the program is open to candidates with a B.S. in Engineering or a related field.

Courses previously used for another Plastics Certificate may not be used for a second Plastics Certificate. The Plastics Engineering Department makes every attempt to offer many of these courses during the evening to accommodate the schedules of working adults.

Required Courses (Six credits):

  • PLAS.5350 Rubber Technology
  • PLAS.5950 Thermoplastic Elastomers

Elective Courses (choose two - total of six credits):

  • PLAS.5490 Design with Elastomers
  • PLAS.5500 Processing with Elastomers
  • PLAS.5960 Plastics, Elastomers and Additives from Renewable Resources
  • PLAS.5060 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications

 Medical Plastics Design and Manufacturing

Department of Plastics Engineering

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

The use of plastics in medical products and medical devices is rapidly increasing. The Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell is continuing its leadership role in Plastics Engineering Education by responding to industry's need for Medical Plastics training. This 12 credit program will provide knowledge needed for the development of new "engineering intensive" medical products which combine complex material compositions, designs, and manufacturing processes. The certificate program is intended for medical professionals, engineers and technologists working in the medical products industry.

Required Courses (Six credits):

  • PLAS.5530 Medical Device Design I
  • PLAS.5750 Biomaterials

Elective Courses (choose two - total of six credits):

  • PLAS.5540 Medical Device Design II
  • PLAS.5790 Problems in Biomaterials (Directed Study)
  • PLAS.6750 Biomaterials II
  • CHEN.5550 Biopharmaceutical GMP and Licensing (Offered by the Chemical Engineering Department)
  • BMBT.5000 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology (Offered by the Biomedical Engineering program)

 Plastics Design

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

The certificate program is designed for students who have attained a bachelor’s degree and need more plastics design background. The Plastics Engineering Department makes every attempt to offer many of these courses during the evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Graduates who have already completed these course requirements can receive a retroactive certificate.

Required Courses (Six credits):

  • PLAS.5030 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
  • PLAS.5180 Plastics Product Design

Elective Courses (choose two - total of six credits):

  • PLAS.5060 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications
  • PLAS.5410 Computer Applications in Plastics
  • PLAS.5490 Design with Elastomers
  • PLAS.5510 Computer Aided Extrusion Die Design
  • PLAS.5520 Design of Polymer Processing Machinery
  • PLAS.5530 Medical Device Design I
  • PLAS.5540 Mecial Device Design II
  • PLAS.5760 Advanced Mold Design
  • PLAS.5850 Computer Aided Engineering and Design I
  • PLAS.5860 Computer Aided Engineering and Design II
  • PLAS.6180 Structural Product Design

 Plastics Engineering Fundamentals

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

This 12-credit certificate program is designed for students who have attained a Bachelor's degree and want more plastics materials, processing and design background. Admission to the program is open to candidates with a B.S. in Engineering or a related field. There is no application fee and the graduate record exam (GRE) is not required for admission. Courses previously used for another Plastics Certificate may not be used for a second Plastics Certificate. However, certificate courses may be applied to appropriate graduate degrees if students want to continue their education. The Plastics Engineering Department makes every attempt to offer many of these courses during the evening so that students having full time jobs can complete the certificate program. Many of these courses are also available on-line.

Required Courses (Six credits):

  • PLAS.5440 Advanced Plastics Materials
  • PLAS.5780 Advanced Plastics Processing

Elective Courses (choose two of the following - total of six credits):

  • PLAS.5030 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
  • PLAS.5060 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Application
  • PLAS.5180 Product Design
  • PLAS.5760 Advanced Mold Design

 Plastics Materials

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

This 12 credit certificate program is designed for students who have attained a Bachelor's degree and need more plastics materials background. The Plastics Engineering Department makes every attempt to offer many of these courses during the evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Graduates who have already completed these course requirements can receive a retroactive certificate.

Required Courses (Six credits):

  • PLAS.5440 Advanced Plastics Materials
  • PLAS.5060 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications

Elective Courses (choose two - total of six credits):

  • PLAS.5050 Polymer Structure II ( Continuation of PLAS.506)
  • PLAS.5110 Polymer Blends and Multiphase Systems
  • PLAS.5120 Plastics Foams
  • PLAS.5130 New Plastics Materials
  • PLAS.5320 Adhesives and Adhesion
  • PLAS.5330 Coatings Science and Technology
  • PLAS.5400 Commercial Development of Polymeric Systems
  • PLAS.5420 Colloidal Nanoscience and Nanoscale Engineering
  • PLAS.5470 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • PLAS.5590 Elements of Packaging
  • PLAS.5650 Engineering Thermosetting Resins
  • PLAS.5660 Polymeric Material Systems Selection
  • PLAS.5800 Polymer Science I
  • PLAS.5890 Polymer Nanocomposites
  • PLAS.5960 Plastics, Elastomers and Additives from Renewable Resources
  • PLAS.6100 Plastics Industry Development

 Plastics Processing

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

This 12-credit certificate program is designed for students who have attained a bachelor's degree and need more plastics processing background. The Plastics Engineering Department makes every attempt to offer many of these courses during the evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Graduates who have already completed these course requirements can receive a retroactive certificate.

Required Courses (Six credits):

  • PLAS.5780 Advanced Plastics Process Engineering
  • PLAS.5090 Plastics Processing Theory I

Elective Courses (choose two - total of six credits):

  • PLAS.5060 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications
  • PLAS.5100 Plastics Processing Theory II
  • PLAS.5180 Plastics Product Design
  • PLAS.5210 Lean Plastics Manufacturing
  • PLAS.5230 Screw Design Principles
  • PLAS.5240 Process Analysis, Instrumentation, and Control
  • PLAS.5260 Nanoscale Plastics Processing
  • PLAS.5500 Processing with Elastomers
  • PLAS.5510 Computer Aided Extrusion Die Design
  • PLAS.5520 Design of Polymer Processing Machinery
  • PLAS.5850 Computer Aided Engineering and Design I
  • PLAS.5880 Injection Molding

 Sustainable Polymeric Materials and Additives

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Stephen McCarthy
978-934-3417
stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu

The Department of Plastics Engineering offers this program as a stand alone, four course graduate certificate in "Sustainable Polymeric Materials and Additives. This certificate program is designed for students who have attianed a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering and want to enhance their knowledge of renewable materials and additives, but are not ready to commit to completion of a Plastics Engineering Master's degree. Admission to the program is open to candidates with a B.S in Engineering or a related field. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission. Courses previously used for another Plastics Engineering Certificate may not be used for a second Plastics Engineering certificate. However, these certificate courses may be applied to appropriate graduate degrees with the permission of the appropriate academic department if studnets want to continue their education.

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • PLAS.5960 Plastics, Elastomers and additives from Renewable Resources
  • PLAS.5330 Coatings Science and Technology

Elective Courses (any two of the following 3 credit courses - total of 6 credits):

  • PLAS.5470 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • PLAS.5750 Biomaterials
  • CHEN.5350 Cell and Microbe Cultivation
  • CHEM.563 0The Chemistry of Natural Products