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.

Download Graduate Certificate Application Form (pdf)

For more information visit the Plastics Engineering Department website.

Commercial Development for Plastics Engineers

Department of Plastics Engineering

Contact:
Dr. 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):

  • 26.514 Statistics for Six Sigma
  • 26.537 Business Law for Engineers

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

  • 26.515 Lean Plastics Manufacturing
  • 26.540 Commercial Development of Polymeric Systems
  • 26.590 Survey of Intellectual Property
  • 26.607 Supply Chain Management
  • 22.576 Engineering Project Management
  • 66.516 New Product Development Processes
  • 66.615 Foundations of New Venture Creation

Elastomeric Materials

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Dr. 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):

  • 26.535 Rubber Technology
  • 26.595 Thermoplastic Elastomers

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

  • 26.549 Design with Elastomers
  • 26.550 Processing with Elastomers
  • 26.596 Plastics, Elastomers and Additives from Renewable Resources
  • 26.506 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications

Medical Plastics Design and Manufacturing

Department of Plastics Engineering

Contact:
Dr. 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):

  • 26.553 Medical Device Design I
  • 26.575 Biomaterials

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

  • 26.554 Medical Device Design II
  • 26.579 Problems in Biomaterials (Directed Study)
  • 26.675 Biomaterials II
  • 10.555 Biopharmaceutical GMP and Licensing (Offered by the Chemical Engineering Department)
  • IB.500 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology (Offered by the Biomedical Engineering program)

Plastics Design

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Dr. 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):

  • 26.503 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
  • 26.518 Plastics Product Design

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

  • 26.506 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications
  • 26.541 Computer Applications in Plastics
  • 26.549 Design with Elastomers
  • 26.551 Computer Aided Extrusion Die Design
  • 26.552 Design of Polymer Processing Machinery
  • 26.553 Medical Device Design I
  • 26.554 Mecial Device Design II
  • 26.576 Advanced Mold Design
  • 26.585 Computer Aided Engineering and Design I
  • 26.586 Computer Aided Engineering and Design II
  • 26.618 Structural Product Design

Plastics Engineering Fundamentals

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Dr. 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):

  • 26.544 Advanced Plastics Materials
  • 26.578 Advanced Plastics Processing

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

  • 26.503 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
  • 26.506 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Application
  • 26.518 Product Design
  • 26.576 Advanced Mold Design

Plastics Materials

Plastics Engineering Department

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

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):

  • 26.544 Advanced Plastics Materials
  • 26.506 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications

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

  • 26.505 Polymer Structure II ( Continuation of 26.506)
  • 26.511 Polymer Blends and Multiphase Systems
  • 26.512 Plastics Foams
  • 26.513 New Plastics Materials
  • 26.532 Adhesives and Adhesion
  • 26.533 Coatings Science and Technology
  • 26.540 Commercial Development of Polymeric Systems
  • 26.542 Colloidal Nanoscience and Nanoscale Engineering
  • 26.547 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • 26.559 Elements of Packaging
  • 26.565 Engineering Thermosetting Resins
  • 26.566 Polymeric Material Systems Selection
  • 26.580 Polymer Science I
  • 26.589 Polymer Nanocomposites
  • 26.596 Plastics, Elastomers and Additives from Renewable Resources
  • 26.610 Plastics Industry Development

Plastics Processing

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Dr. 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):

  • 26.578 Advanced Plastics Process Engineering
  • 26.509 Plastics Processing Theory I

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

  • 26.506 Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications
  • 25.510 Plastics Processing Theory II
  • 26.518 Plastics Product Design
  • 26.521 Lean Plastics Manufacturing
  • 26.523 Screw Design Principles
  • 26.524 Process Analysis, Instrumentation, and Control
  • 26.526 Nanoscale Plastics Processing
  • 26.550 Processing with Elastomers
  • 26.551 Computer Aided Extrusion Die Design
  • 26.552 Design of Polymer Processing Machinery
  • 26.585 Computer Aided Engineering and Design I
  • 26.588 Injection Molding

Sustainable Polymeric Materials and Additives

Plastics Engineering Department

Contact:
Dr. 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):

  • 26.596 Plastics, Elastomers and additives from Renewable Resources
  • 26.533 Coatings Science and Technology

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

  • 26.547 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • 26.575 Biomaterials
  • 10.535 Cell and Microbe Cultivation
  • 84.563 The Chemistry of Natural Products