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Plastics Technology & Engineering Certificate Program
- "I found the program to be everything I thought it would be and so much more."Josh SmithMechanical Engineer - ENGELJosh SmithMechanical Engineer - ENGEL
“I found the program to be everything I thought it would be and so much more. The content, staff and execution was meticulously thought out. I am walking away from this experience with far more than I could have ever hoped and find myself using the imparted knowledge on an almost daily basis. Thanks to John and yourself for seeing the need and developing this great program. Also, please pass on my thanks to the entire AIM staff for a job well done.”
- "The education is better than anything I learned in school 20 years ago."Chad JohnsonSenior Process Engineer - Phillips MedisizeChad JohnsonSenior Process Engineer - Phillips Medisize
“AIM will not make you an expert in any specific area in the Injection Molding process. However, it will make you a well-rounded individual that can talk to any portion of the molding process. From part design through production. Whether it is comparing material properties to select the best polymer for the application, or providing input on tool design to produce consistent, capable parts. AIM has extremely knowledgeable instructors. Some of the most brilliant minds I have encountered in 20 years in Injection Molding. The knowledge I have gained is invaluable. Thank you to David Hoffman, and all the instructors at AIM. You have a program that is going to change the industry.
The education is better than anything I learned in school 20 years ago. Learning from the basic chemistry to mold/part design has changed my approach and thought process. Honestly the last 4 hours and flow groups in the molding portion was worth the cost of the course. I have already used that to assist in 2 issues. Having a foundation to understand WHY things happen the way they do is huge. Like you say.... plastic flows the way it flows. Using all the building blocks AIM has provided this far has changed the thought process. That I’d say is the biggest benefit.”
- "Directly because of the knowledge gained in this course, I was able to assist in solving a major production problem..."Jim PutnamMold / Tooling Engineer - WhelenJim PutnamMold / Tooling Engineer - Whelen
"I want to personally thank you for coming together and creating the content for the Processing section of the PTE program. Directly because of the knowledge gained in this course, I was able to assist in solving a major production problem last week that was not only costing us lost time and money, but was causing repeated damage to a complicated tool. This course contained the techniques, principals and enough practical application to give me the confidence and ability to correctly diagnose and correct a poorly set up process."
- "This program is fantastic and I am honored to be an alumni."LeeAnn ThompsonQuality Manager - ThogusLeeAnn ThompsonQuality Manager - Thogus
“I do want to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed the PTE program. As you know walking in, I had a very limited understanding of how this whole plastics world works. I would see quality issues and would say go fix it. Now I know it’s not that easy. I don’t have to look at the team with a blank stare anymore. I now know and understand what they are talking about, and I can be an active member of problem solving vs a translator to the customer in hopes I got it right. This program is fantastic and I am honored to be an alumni. Thanks for everything.”
- "The American Injection Molding Institute has delivered a curriculum which offers the plastics industry a new standard of professional and technical education."Ron DaulDirector Global Polymer Center & Additive Manufacturing - General MotorsRon DaulDirector Global Polymer Center & Additive Manufacturing - General Motors
“The American Injection Molding Institute has delivered a curriculum which offers the plastics industry a new standard of professional and technical education.
By listening to the needs of industry and bridging the gap between university preparation and schedule driven product industrialization, AIM provides the auto industry immediate value for professional development investment.
The comprehensive balance at AIM between product design, material science, tooling and manufacturing process validation, aligns with the real challenges inherent to all plastic product development.”
- "I am recommending the program to others at my company."Robert LagowSenior Design Engineer - MedivatorsRobert LagowSenior Design Engineer - Medivators
"I wanted to thank the AIM Institute for teaching a well-organized and beneficial course/program – It has already helped me in the design of new molded components, advice to others on different polymers and resins, critiquing new mold designs at design reviews, understanding issues with molding processes –among many others. I am recommending the program to others at my company."
- "You are awesome teachers that really know how to bring across difficult to understand material and make it fun and enjoyable to learn."Sean MertesApplication Development Engineer - Amco PolymersSean MertesApplication Development Engineer - Amco Polymers
"I LOVE this stuff and never want to stop learning. I studied pretty hard and feel proud that I did well, but also want to say that it is because of you guys that this is a phenomenal class. I am so proud to be part of it, on the advisory board and everything. It is because you are awesome teachers that really know how to bring across difficult to understand material and make it fun and enjoyable to learn."
- "The PTE Certificate Program from AIM has been a foundation of both the training plans and continuous improvement rigor we apply..."Patrick KippesDirector, Component and Tooling Engineering - CepheidPatrick KippesDirector, Component and Tooling Engineering - Cepheid
“At Cepheid, nothing short of exceeding our customer’s expectation each and every time is considered acceptable. It takes world-class methods, behaviors, and practices from top-notch talented people to achieve those types of goals. The PTE Certificate Program from AIM has been a foundation of both the training plans and continuous improvement rigor we apply to our personnel development and our approaches to design, development, and validation of injection molded components.”
- "I am walking away from this experience with far more than I could have ever hoped and find myself using the imparted knowledge on an almost daily basis."Joshua SmithMechanical Engineer - ENGELJoshua SmithMechanical Engineer - ENGEL
"I found the program to be everything I thought it would be and so much more. The content, staff and execution was meticulously thought out.
I am walking away from this experience with far more than I could have ever hoped and find myself using the imparted knowledge on an almost daily basis. Thanks to John and yourself for seeing the need and developing this great program. Also, please pass on my thanks to the entire AIM staff for a job well done."
- "This was easily one of the best educational experiences of my life."Jacob MartinProduct Development Engineer - Kreg ToolJacob MartinProduct Development Engineer - Kreg Tool
"Thanks for developing this program for professionals. This was easily one of the best educational experiences of my life. It was an absolute pleasure attending the AIM Institute."
- "My knowledge and growth will help me bring quality improvements back to my company."Johnnie WestManufacturing Engineer - Georg Fischer Central PlasticsJohnnie WestManufacturing Engineer - Georg Fischer Central Plastics
"The AIM PTE Program has given a new engineer in the plastics world knowledge that would have taken years to acquire through experience. My knowledge and growth will help me bring quality improvements back to my company."
- “I have earned the PTE Program Certificate from the AIM Institute, and I am almost as proud of this as my college diploma. I have nothing but great things to say about the program and the AIM instructors. I can truly say that I came out of it with far more knowledge and expertise than I could have imagined.”Griffin SeidlerInjection Molding Process EngineerGriffin SeidlerInjection Molding Process Engineer
- "Regardless of the training course taken, the return on investing in this education is immediate and priceless."Shawn MercierProcess Engineer Leader - Nicolet PlasticsShawn MercierProcess Engineer Leader - Nicolet Plastics
"The entire staff at AIM is friendly, considerate, and extremely welcoming. They really go the extra mile for accommodations to make you feel at home.
Jason Travitz, Dave Hoffman and Dave Rose are phenomenal teachers; I feel very fortunate to have been able to learn and interact with individuals with such a high caliber of knowledge and commitment to what they are teaching. This teaching staff truly is the best of the best; their methodology and curriculum set them apart from everyone else in the industry.
The teaching staff is always willing to help regardless of their schedules, and always make time to ensure every question is answered and students have a full understanding of the curriculum. The sense of pride the teachers take in teaching as well as communicating with the students is evident from the moment you enter the classroom. I can't stress enough how much the student's effort put forth is a direct reflection of the knowledge they will receive and the fundamentals they will take away from the class. Regardless of your prior knowledge and skill level, you will leave AIM with a higher level of confidence, deeper understanding, and greater insight regarding what it takes to be a successful processor; not a crusty.
I'm currently working with my General Manager and Human Res. Manager to provide my employees with training at AIM. Regardless of the training course taken, the return on investing in this education is immediate and priceless."
- "I would encourage more people to come here to learn."Nick TustinLead Process Technician - Prism PlasticsNick TustinLead Process Technician - Prism Plastics
"The opportunity to run a machine unfamiliar and new was a real treat, and the insight from the instructor was helpful for my own confidence moving forward in the field.
I would encourage more people to come here to learn. I learned a lot from the course."
- "I will provide an immediate return on investment to my employer as a result of my training here."Ric KnerrInjection Molding Process Technician - HON Company; HNIRic KnerrInjection Molding Process Technician - HON Company; HNI
"I will do my best to ensure I continue training through AIM Institute. I will also inform my superiors to schedule training for others through AIM Institute. I will provide an immediate return on investment to my employer as a result of my training here."
- "This is a great facility and great program."Alex SullivanLead Process Technician - Prism PlasticsAlex SullivanLead Process Technician - Prism Plastics
"This is a great facility and great program. I look forward to sending more people here and coming back myself."
- "The AIM Institute has been instrumental in developing my injection molding career as well as giving me tools to succeed."John WoodsMold Process Engineer - MolexJohn WoodsMold Process Engineer - Molex
"The AIM Institute has been instrumental in developing my injection molding career as well as giving me tools to succeed. This course let me apply all that was learned during PTE. Practical experience and confidence I could not get otherwise."
- "...This course provided great topics that were data-driven..."Shawn WahlstromProduction Manager - Federal Molding Corp.Shawn WahlstromProduction Manager - Federal Molding Corp.
"I liked that this course provided great topics that were data-driven and are going to not only help me become a better molder, but gave me tools to show others within my company the facts and data behind the practices."
- "This is a must for anyone in the plastics industry."Robert PozzoTooling Engineer - Edwards LifesciencesRobert PozzoTooling Engineer - Edwards Lifesciences
"Kudos to Dave [Rose]. Very professional and clearly experienced in real world application. He was very clear and was able to get all points across and I enjoyed his energy and knowledge.[The Plastic Materials Development Course] is a must for anyone in the plastics industry."
- "I highly recommend bringing this valuable knowledge into the hands of your teams."Jesse AustinSr. Industrial Engineer - W.L. GoreJesse AustinSr. Industrial Engineer - W.L. Gore
"Whatever your knowledge of injection molding is, whether you are in purchasing, production support, or research and development, you will all gain something extremely valuable from this course.
I have received nothing but positive feedback from all divisions of our company after hosting this training. I highly recommend bringing this valuable knowledge into the hands of your teams."
-Injection Molding Development Course
- "AIM goes above and beyond."David RobyProject Engineer - Nifco AmericaDavid RobyProject Engineer - Nifco America
"The AIM Institute goes above and beyond to ensure attendees are comfortable and understand the material presented."
- "I would take more courses that Dave [Rose] teaches."Ryan RecknagelProduct Engineer, LDP - Miniature Precision Components Inc.Ryan RecknagelProduct Engineer, LDP - Miniature Precision Components Inc.
"Dave (Rose) did a great job. Professional but laid back. Was very knowledgeable about everything we covered. I would take more courses that Dave teaches."
- Plastic Materials Development Course
- "Helped to close some of the many questions I've had over the years."Chad DavisQuality Engineer - Nifco AmericaChad DavisQuality Engineer - Nifco America
"The basic examples helped to better understand some of the concepts.
Helped to close some of the many questions I've had over the years."
- Plastic Materials Development Course
- "I think I've learned enough to be dangerous."Tyler HochschwenderSr. Engineer - Edwards LifesciencesTyler HochschwenderSr. Engineer - Edwards Lifesciences
"[The Plastic Materials Course] was very engaging. Made the topic very clear and easy to understand and follow. The content covered was a good blend of beginner to advanced topics, from theoretical basis to practical application.
From knowing nothing about materials and molding, I think I've learned enough to be dangerous. I enjoyed how the theory was presented and the logical flow of the course led to the practical application of the material covered. I think I will now better understand molding and what the right questions are to ask during process debugging stages.
Overall great course and very helpful."
- "Extremely useful and applicable course. I learned a ton..."Jacob KovacevichProduct Engineer - Miniature Precision Components Inc.Jacob KovacevichProduct Engineer - Miniature Precision Components Inc.
"Extremely useful and applicable course. I learned a ton over the past two days. I feel much more confident in my ability to understand mold design and picked up quite a few pointers."
- Mold Design Development Course
- "Great level of detail for a 2-day course."Justin KovachProject Engineer - JALEX MedicalJustin KovachProject Engineer - JALEX Medical
"Great balance of high-level information and depth on important topics for a course of this duration. The instructor was excellent at diving deeper into topics when questions were asked.
It is useful for having basic principles in mind while designing a part, an also gives enough initial background into the theory to then be able to go out and learn more detail where needed. Great course for an introduction to basics of design."
- Part Design Development Course
- "This course was Excellent."Monique ElseyManufacturing Manager - US FarathaneMonique ElseyManufacturing Manager - US Farathane
"This course was excellent as well as the AIM Institute. I enjoyed my experience over the last two days. I would definitely come back for future training."
- "Well put together."Kim ChinappiSales Coordinator - Century MoldKim ChinappiSales Coordinator - Century Mold
"[Plastics 101] include a lot of information in two days. David [Rose] is very knowledgeable which helped in all aspects of the course. The course related to and touch on what I needed to apply in my position. It was well put together."
- "Very detailed."E. Tyler HighNew Model Quality Engineer - Nifco AmericaE. Tyler HighNew Model Quality Engineer - Nifco America
"[Plastics 101] was very detailed for only 16 hours of class time. Good program, and I would like to take more classes here."
- "I got more out of this course than I anticipated."Vinny IachiniSr. Quality Engineer - 4moms (Thorley Indusries LLC)Vinny IachiniSr. Quality Engineer - 4moms (Thorley Indusries LLC)
"I enjoyed how interactive this [Plastics 101] course was. I got more out of it than I anticipated and I intend to take more in the future."
- "I definitely plan on taking more courses at AIM."Michael QuinnMaterial Handler - Acorn Products Corp.Michael QuinnMaterial Handler - Acorn Products Corp.
"Loved the content. Dave [Rose] made the whole [Plastics 101] class more interesting than others would have.
This course helped bring together many ideas I've seen while working in an injection molding facility.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class and I am going to look into the PTE and PPT Programs. I definitely plan on taking more courses at AIM."
- "This was an excellent course and I love that this place exists."Garina PhillipsProduction Quality Engineer - Nifco AmericaGarina PhillipsProduction Quality Engineer - Nifco America
"[Plastics 101] gave me a solid background to help me understand why we do the things we do, where I might start looking for improvement opportunities for our own product, and gave me ideas on what I might want to learn about in the future.
This was an excellent course and I love that this place exists. I see a lot of young people who are getting a nice head start towards a career in plastics!"
- "I can’t say enough good about this training."Curt CorteStaff Plastic Technologist, Injection Molding - Edwards LifesciencesCurt CorteStaff Plastic Technologist, Injection Molding - Edwards Lifesciences
"The trip across the country was well worth the effort. Jennifer Schmidt did an outstanding job providing classroom instruction that included detailed explanations, one-on-one guidance for those difficult questions and interjected her “real world” experiences that were invaluable in understanding and operating the software to its maximum potential.
After attending the initial 3-day fundamentals course I learned what is effective and not so effective. Example - wizards, not a bad option if your part geometry is clean and simple but if your model requirements are more extensive, understanding the proper repair procedures are invaluable. If ever there was a good example of the old adage “garbage in, garbage out” this would be it.
I can’t say enough good about this training. I left Erie, PA with all the confidence to jump in and start preforming my own mold flow simulations along with a little taste test on the filling & packing, cooling and warp analysis. Can’t wait to get back (to AIM) for the advanced training!"
(Attended Moldflow Insight Fundamentals while employed at LifeProof)
- "I'm already looking forward to the next class!"Amy MathisEngineering Project Manager - FerriotAmy MathisEngineering Project Manager - Ferriot
"Jenn was great at answering questions and showing us so much to learn. I was really impressed with the class and the whole facility. What a great place to learn more about plastics and how to apply what we learned."
- Understanding and Applying Moldflow Simulation
- "Y'all are rock stars!"Jacob GehlProcess Engineer - Carlson ToolJacob GehlProcess Engineer - Carlson Tool
"The course and facility are amazing. You have some amazing people here... Y'all are rock stars!"
-Understanding and Applying Moldflow Simulation
- "This was a perfect balance of in-depth and condensed."Tucker HazelProduct Engineer, Grupo Antolin North AmericaTucker HazelProduct Engineer, Grupo Antolin North America[What I liked best about this course was] how comprehensive it was. WIth this I'll be able to step through this standard and understand how it affects part design.
I think this was a perfect balance of in-depth and condensed. I feel I got everything I needed in the shortest time possible.
-GM16355: GM Standards Course.
- "You definitely have a gift for this."Don Vander JagtAdvanced Engineering - Commercial Tool & DieDon Vander JagtAdvanced Engineering - Commercial Tool & Die
Nice job! I wanted to tell you how much I benefited from your class, and your insights.
I think you really understood your audience and got a feel at what level they were at and really hit the sweet spot as far as I am concerned. You definitely have a gift for this.
Thank you so much for a very positive experience.
-GMW16355: GM Standards Course
- "This class exceeded my expectations."Jerry GrafManager of Engineering - FerriotJerry GrafManager of Engineering - Ferriot
"Excellent course - I am very impressed with AIM and Beaumont in general. The introduction to plastics and the detail provided regarding how an analyst might use Moldflow was very useful background."
- Understanding and Applying Moldflow Simulation
- "The [Understanding and Applying Moldflow] course went above and beyond what I expected."Sam BodyMaterials Engineer II - SpaceXSam BodyMaterials Engineer II - SpaceX
"The [Understanding and Applying Moldflow] course was extremely informative. It went above and beyond what I expected, and it was laid out in a way that was easy to understand. The entire team gained a lot of valuable knowledge during this course and it has already made a positive impact on our job functions. This course was very informative and insightful, and provided very valuable knowledge to our company.
Most of the students attending had little to no experience in injection molding, and all walked away with a good understanding of the basic concepts. Jenn was a fantastic instructor! She presented the content in a way that was easy to understand. We were especially impressed with how well she answered all of our questions!
It was very evident Jenn is incredibly knowledgeable about the subject, and her expertise in teaching. I really liked the student engagement that was worked into the course. Being able to provide answers, and explanations of those answers, really challenged us to think critically about the content."
- "Great class, great teacher."Seth TremblayTooling Engineer - Burbak PlasticsSeth TremblayTooling Engineer - Burbak Plastics
"The [Autodesk Moldflow Adviser] course filled in a lot of things I've been missing from years of use of the software. Great class, great teacher."
- "The instructor was very helpful."Bob StewartPrincipal Designer - Industrial Scientific Corp.Bob StewartPrincipal Designer - Industrial Scientific Corp.
"The instructor [Jenn] was very helpful at explaining uses of the software in real-world situations. I have visited Beaumont for third party work with outside vendors/molders and I was impressed. I feel the same in regards to our instructor - Great job!"
- "Jennifer is very knowledgeable."Michael T. FoxTooling Engineer - Mack MoldingMichael T. FoxTooling Engineer - Mack Molding
"The [Autodesk Moldflow Fundamentals] course was very comprehensive and detailed. Jennifer did an excellent job teaching the course. She was definitely very knowledgeable academically, and more importantly for me, has excellent practical knowledge for real-world applications."
- "Very helpful."Kevin LeiterTooling Program Manager - Reed City GroupKevin LeiterTooling Program Manager - Reed City Group
"The [Understanding & Applying Moldflow Simulation] course was very helpful for understanding what to look for, especially considering meshing and "cheap" Moldflows. All of the plastics information, part design guidelines, and things to look for in the parts that drive Moldflows a certain way were very insightful."
- "I would look towards AIM for future training of new hires not familiar with iMFLUX."Ed DolnackApplications Lab Manager - BraskemEd DolnackApplications Lab Manager - Braskem
"The instructor was very personable and down to earth; easy to communicate with.
Without going too deep, [Intro to iMFLUX] was a good introduction into the green curve. I would look towards AIM for future training of new hires not familiar with iMFLUX.
Kudos to the cleanliness of this lab."
- "I was really impressed by all the amenities available!"Ben KatsarskyProcess Engineer - Harbec, Inc.Ben KatsarskyProcess Engineer - Harbec, Inc.
"The hands-on molding for iMFLUX was a real 'a-ha' moment and it all came together."
- "Everything was well-planned and thought out."Megan ForsheyResearch Scientist, Product Technology - BraskemMegan ForsheyResearch Scientist, Product Technology - Braskem
"[Intro to iMFLUX] was well-organized and presented with an excellent knowledge base. Even with a limited knowledge of conventional molding, I was able to follow and learn a lot through this course.
I appreciated having a copy of the slides beforehand to take notes and follow along. The lab sessions interspersed was a nice way to break up the classroom time. This course was an excellent resource, especially for someone new to the industry.
I appreciated how the course and content was organized and kept to schedule."