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What is the Plastics Process Technician (PPT) Apprenticeship Program?

The PPT Apprenticeship Program curriculum is a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Apprentices will receive over 300 classroom hours and 4,000 on-the-job training hours over the two-year program. Classes are taught by the American Injection Molding Institute and Clarion University.

Apprentices can earn PA-State registered, industry-specific certifications and are eligible to earn credits towards an associates degree of Applied Science in Industrial Technology at Clarion University.

The PPT Apprenticeship Program is a collaborative effort between AIM, Clarion University, and the Keystone Community Education Council. The curriculum was developed based on input from twelve plastic companies from the northwestern Pennsylvania region.

To receive program updates or be put on a wait list for the next cohort, contact Lance Hummer at the Keystone Community Education Council at 814-677-4427.

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What does the program cover?

The program’s curriculum consists of the following courses:

  • Health & Safety
  • Team Building
  • Plastic Materials
  • Math for Molders
  • Mold Design
  • Maintenance
  • Molding 1
  • Quality
  • Molding 2

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Who should attend?

If you have an employee in your organization with a willingness to learn injection molding processing, or someone who wants to advance their knowledge and job performance in injection molding, you have a candidate for the PPT Apprenticeship Program.

This program is for recent college graduates, current plastics technicians, and similar job roles looking to enhance their skills and gain a valuable credential, and anyone else looking to work in the growing field of plastics manufacturing while receiving hands-on, on the job training through their employer.


Course schedule for September 2020 Cohort:

Health & Safety + Team Building: September 28-October 2, 2020
Plastic Materials: December 7-9, 2020
Math & Mold Design: February 22-26, 2021
Maintenance: June 7-11, 2021
Molding 1: October 4-7, 2021
Quality: January 10-14, 2022
Molding 2, Week 1: April 18-22, 2022
Molding 2, Week 2: June 6-10, 2022


What does the PPT Apprenticeship Program cost?

For complete cost and funding information, please contact Lance Hummer at the Keystone Community Education Council at 814-677-4427.

Grant funding is available for the 2020 cohort.


How do I enroll?

To learn how to enroll, please contact Lance Hummer at the Keystone Community Education Council at 814-677-4427.