Blueprint Reading - Develop the skills necessary to interpret working drawings common to the molding field.
Molding Math and Measuring - Knowledge to apply basic math skills, make accurate measurements and use measuring tools regarding various aspects of the molding process.
Inventory Control - Training in how to manage stock materials as well as track and purchase necessary items in order to seamlessly support the overall manufacturing process.
Mold Functions and Types - Know how molds typically allow chilled water to flow through plastic, how to do cooling of the plastic and the extraction of the plastic part from the mold. Also, have general understanding of operation of the common types of molds such as two-plate molds, three-plate molds, cold runner terminology and runnerless molds.
Common Injection Machine Molding Types - General understanding of the operation and properties associated with using electric injection molding machines such as servo motor drive systems, ball screw drive mechanism, precision of molding machines and hydraulic pressure vs. plastic pressure-based machinery.
Continuous Improvement Principles - Understands how to look for ways to minimize and reduce process wastes, to notice and correct machine abnormalities, to maintain records and to adapt to process changes such as cycle times, set-ups and tooling.
Raw Material Awareness and Safe Handling - General understanding of the different raw materials possibly involved in injection molding and how certain machine settings, temperatures, etc. can potentially impact different materials and plastics. Know how to safely remove excess materials as well as how to manage any environmental concerns with material removal.
Plastic structure - Understanding of the basic types of plastic structures such as thermoplastic, thermoset, copolymer and blends.
Basic Machine Programming - Understand how to do basic programming and automation functions for assembly machines.