Injection Moulding Module 1

Dates: 16th September, 2024 - 19th September, 2024 (4 days)
7th October, 2024 - 10th October, 2024 (4 days)
11th November, 2024 - 14th November, 2024 (4 days)
16th December, 2024 - 19th December, 2024 (4 days)

Duration: 4 days

Location: 7 Centre Court, Blyry Business and Commercial Park, Athlone, Co. Westmeath N37 RT29

Accreditation: Injection Moulding Machine Setting

Full Fee: €1650 including course manual, certification, lunch and refreshments

Course code: 5N3035

Programme overview

This is an intense 4-day programme which covers in detail all aspects of injection moulding – both theory and practice. Training takes place at our well-equipped training facility in Athlone. No prior knowledge or experience of Injection moulding is assumed.

On successful completion of the course, trainees will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Component Certificate in Injection Moulding (5N3035)


Day Venue Start Time Finish Time
1 Online 09.30 16.00
2 First Polymer Training Centre 09.30 17.00
3 First Polymer Training Centre 09.30 17.00
4 First Polymer Training Centre 09.30 17.00


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Safety shoes are needed for this course.

Who should attend

The course is suitable for moulding operators, team-leaders, tool setters and technicians – who have not completed formal injection moulding training, and also for engineers who are new to injection moulding, or for anyone who wants to gain a comprehensive understanding of the injection moulding process. No prior experience is required, but all trainees will be expected to complete our free e-learning module in advance of attending training.

(Note: If required, we can deliver a tailored programme to meet your companies’ specific needs)

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course trainees should be able to:

  • Name and understand the function of all parts of an injection moulding machine, and fully understand the injection moulding process
  • Install and remove an injection mould into/out of a moulding machine
  • From a blank programme, set up mould opening & closing speeds, pressures and distances, as well as injection, holding, plasticising and decompression. Set up the mould cooling/heating system correctly.
  • Start up an injection moulding machine and adjust the shot size/holding pressure to produce cosmetically and dimensionally acceptable parts
  • Re-start a machine after a cycle interruption
  • Purge and shut down a machine safely
  • Analyse general moulding faults and implement appropriate corrective actions to produce acceptable quality parts.
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures at all times

Course Content

  • Basic understanding of how an injection moulding machine works
  • Machine safety features, process hazards, lifting equipment safety and general safe operating procedures.
  • Analysis of the moulding cycle – explaining the various parameters using everyday analogies
  • Mould removal and mould installation. Avoidance of damage to moulds
  • Basic machine set-up from a blank programme – clamp unit and injection unit.
  • Process optimisation. Working systematically and making machine data based decisions.
  • Analysis of common moulding faults and how to implement appropriate corrective actions

The course is generally about 60% practical and 40% theory, so there is lots of time available for practical mould changing, process set-up and troubleshooting activities.

Trainer Profile

Steve O’ Leary has delivered training in Injection Moulding for First Polymer Training since 2000, initially joining FPT Skillnet as the Training Center Manager. Previous to this he worked as an Extrusion/ Injection Moulding Engineer with Boston Scientific in Galway, Extrusion Technician and Extrusion Supervisor with Sherwood Medical in Tullamore (currently Medtronic Tullamore) and as an Injection Moulding Technician with Tubex in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. He graduated from Athlone IT having studied Plastics Engineering from 1988 to 1992.

Find out how to achieve a Major Award in Injection Moulding (Level 5)

This programme is a QQI component (minor) award, certified at Level 5 on the national framework of qualifications – see  and is a mandatory component of major award 5M3080 – Plastics Injection Moulding.

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