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January 17, 2015 7:17 AM

New program designed to meet industry need

A new two-year diploma program to be offered at Conestoga’s Cambridge campus beginning in September 2015 will provide students with training in the structural design of packaging materials.

Students in the Packaging Engineering Technician program will develop the skills and knowledge to design and evaluate packaging from a variety of materials, including metal, glass, paper and plastic. They will develop protective packaging systems to solve hazards encountered in product distribution and recommend improvements to existing processes and products.

“Skilled packaging technicians are required in many different industries, from food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals,” said Luis Garcia, chair in Conestoga’s School of Engineering and Information Technology. “This program is a perfect fit for students who are creative and engineering-oriented, and who want to be very employable in the packaging industry.”

According to Garcia, the new program was developed in response to industry need, with many local companies reporting difficulty in finding candidates with the unique skillset required for success.

Industry representatives contributed to the development of the Packaging Engineering Technician diploma through an active Program Advisory Committee as well as through donations of equipment and funds to support the startup of the program.

Spaces are still available for September 2015 entry.

A program information session will be held in the Welcome Centre at Conestoga’s Doon campus in Kitchener on April 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. More information.

To find out more about the Packaging Engineering Technician diploma, visit the program page or contact Susan McLachlan, 519-748-5220 ext. 2499.

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