The ANSI-Accredited Plastics Technology & Engineering (PTE) Certificate Program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the essential components of an injection molded plastic product. PTE course graduates are able to be more creative with their problem solving and streamline their troubleshooting to help achieve more robust root cause solutions from design through manufacturing, saving their companies time and money.

Companies whose employees have completed the PTE program have reported vast improvements in all aspects of their product development, manufacturing, and quality control. PTE students come to the AIM Institute with a wide range of experience and seniority, and have included engineers and managers from all functional areas in the industry as well as quality personnel, senior level technicians, mold makers, and designers.

The PTE program provides both foundation and advanced science-based content that previously was only available through a university-affiliated plastics engineering or engineering technology degree program. Instead of spending many years away from their professional careers in a university setting, students receive a comprehensive education through a combination of onsite (four weeks total) and online reviews, and they can complete the program in under one year with minimal time away from the office.


The PTE Certificate Program is grounded in the philosophy that no matter the job function within the plastics industry, it is imperative to understand all of the core functional areas of what comprises a plastic part:

The PTE Certificate Program was  founded by Professor John Beaumont, who helped develop and chaired the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie. With Beaumont as head instructor, the roster also includes renowned plastics professionals Michael Sepe and John Bozzelli, and AIM Director David Hoffman. Meet our team of instructors.

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The program’s lectures, labs, exercises and projects are designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the highly complex interrelationship of these core components and their combined influences on a final molded part. The AIM Institute recognizes that it is essential to establish and develop a science and engineering founded knowledge base in order to develop critical thinking. It is through critical thinking that innovation is
fostered and root cause solutions to the industries chronic problems can be sought.

The AIM Institute practices active learning methods which are proven to maximize student retention. Recognizing that studies have shown that a student will retain as little as 15% of what is taught in a short-term course, the AIM Institute extends each course over an extended period. For each course within the program a student begins with a week of concentrated lectures, labs, and exercises at the AIM Institute. Following this, the instructors continue the education process through regular online meetings over the next several months.

Students then return to the AIM Institute where they are tested on the course material before they move onto the next subject. Students who successfully pass each of the four tests are awarded an accredited Plastics Technology and Engineering Certificate recognizing their achievement.

Read the PTE Program’s purpose, scope, and mission here.

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