Plastics Technology Certificate

In partnership with UW Milwaukee's School of Continuing Education, we are proud to provide this professional certificate.
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The plastics industry is one of the most important parts of engineering.

In fact, our lives are filled with plastic parts that make our world easier and more efficient. The pursuit of a Plastics Technology Certificate helps students stay competitive with the latest advancements in the field--whether they are new to the business or a seasoned engineer. You'll learn how to make cost-savings decisions that will help you become an economical asset to your organization.

At UW-Stout, in partnership with the UW Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, you'll receive hands-on training and problem solving skills from instructors who came from the field themselves. They practice what they teach and are able to pass on that firsthand knowledge and experience to their students.

Earn the certificate by completing nine or more days of related courses in as little as 18 months (not to exceed three years). Single courses may be taken without the pursuit of the certificate.


Plastic Part Failure: Analysis, Design & Prevention

Dive into a broad range of topics essential to understanding and preventing plastic failure. The most efficient and effective approach to plastic component failure is performing a systematic failure analysis following the scientific method. Someone once said, "If you don't know how something broke, you can't fix it," highlighting the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the essentials of why plastic components fail
  • Understand the five factors affecting plastic part performance
  • Learn the process of conducting a failure investigation

No classes for this program are scheduled at this time. Keep an eye on this website for updates. For inquiries please contact 
*$1290, $1190 with early bird registration
*Registration fee includes two full days of instruction, program materials, refreshments, and lunch.

Instructors: Jeffery Jansen, Javier Cruz, Erik Foltz, Antoine Rios
14 PDHs, 1.4 CEUs
Course # 4830-11540

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Small-Town Feel, World-Class Education

Nestled in the rolling hills of Menomonie, Wisconsin, our beautiful campus is where you'll find your home away from home. Walk through our classrooms and labs stocked with state-of-the-art equipment. Our award-winning Memorial Student Center, 302 10th Avenue E., Menomonie, WI 54751 is where classes will be held. Experience what UW-Stout has to offer you!


Parking on campus requires a permit. Display your parking permit on the driver-side dashboard. The parking permit is included in the registration confirmation email sent to the participant's email address.


Participants make their own travel reservations. UW-Stout and UWM recommend making reservations that can be canceled or transferred in case of program changes.
UW-Stout is located approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.  Air travelers may fly in to MSP or the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (EAU), which is approximately 30 miles. Shuttles are available from both airports to Menomonie. 


There are many great lodging options in and around Menomonie. The Cobblestone Inn & Suites is walking distance to the UW-Stout campus.

Program Cancellations/Refunds

A full refund is issued to program participants if the UW Milwaukee School of Continuing Education cancels a program for any reason. If a participant withdraws at least 10 business days prior to the start of a program, a 100% refund will be issued. If a participant withdraws less than 10 business days prior to the program start, a one-time transfer of fees to any currently available program is allowed; otherwise, the participant will receive a refund minus a 20% administrative fee. No refund will be given once a program has begun. No refund will be issued for programs with a fee of $35 or less.