Injection Moulding Module 1

Dates: 20th October, 2020 - 23rd October, 2020 (4 days)
1st December, 2020 - 4th December, 2020 (4 days)

Duration: 4 days

Location: 7 Centre Court, Blyry Business and Commercial Park, Athlone.

Accreditation: Injection Moulding Machine Setting

Full Fee: €1495 including course manual, certification, lunch and refreshments

Course code: 5N3035

Programme overview

This course moves at a fast pace, starting with a full overview of injection moulding from the moulding parameters/ mould opening and closing parameters, up to injection pressure curves and why troubleshooting issues occur.

This course suits two groups (the course is flexible depending on your needs)

1) Technical staff who have not had previous formal training – they will be given a thorough introduction to the moulding cycle, plastic materials, basic troubleshooting, common processing errors, safety, etc, using analogies to allow attendees to visualise the process and so understand it in detail. Practical sessions will concentrate on setting up the process from scratch, dealing with pre-set faults, fixing machine stoppages (tolerances, alarms, etc). Remaining time will be spent troubleshooting and reviewing quality/ defect issues.

2) Operators/ Technicians with responsibility for mould changing/ set-up. The course follows the format above but the practical sessions concentrate on changing moulds, mould monitoring set-up (press/ speed/ switchover points), calculating and setting locking force. Setting up injection parameters to produce good shots and basic troubleshooting will be covered in less detail.

This course is a busy four days, and trainees generally find it challenging whether they are new to moulding of have years of experience. We always work to add value and develop new skills, and having four injection moulding machines allows us to set different levels of difficulty on different machines depending on trainees’ experience and how fast they learn.

Where possible we restrict Injection Moulding course numbers to just six places using up to four machines.

Safety Shoes – Required on this course

We can deliver a shorter tailored programme at our centre in Athlone for you/ or on-site if you have injection moulding capability there.



Who should attend

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to get a very comprehensive understanding of the injection moulding process.  The course material has a very practical application with approximately 70% of the time spent on the machines. No prior experience is assumed but all trainees will be expected to complete our free e-learning module in advance of attending training.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Describe the safety hazards in the moulding production environment
  • List the steps in a moulding cycle in the correct order
  • Describe the function of each stage in the moulding cycle
  • Explain mould terms such as draft angle, parting lines, the sprue, runner, gate, mould vents.
  • Install an injection mould into a moulding machine

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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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