MCAST Advanced Diploma for Polymer Process Technicians

MCAST Advanced Diploma for Polymer Process Technicians

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MCAST Advanced Diploma for Polymer Process Technicians
Course Code ME4-A3-14
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years on apprenticeship
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering


MCAST-BTEC Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)


4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Compulsory: Mathematics, Physics

Preferred: Chemistry

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This Diploma programme is designed to prepare technicians for a career in the field of the transformation of rubbers and plastics, with their different types and compositions, into finished specialised products.

It provides a good level of knowledge in the fields of polymer sciences and manufacturing technologies. The scientific background of the technologies and processes involved, including material properties, process control and the effect of variables such as temperature, pressure, and cycle time are also studied.

Training is achieved through a combination of theory and practical sessions of this latest technology in our lecture rooms and workshops, as well as at local industry leaders of this ever-growing sector of manufacturing.

The training will be reinforced by the practical and hands-on experiences that students will be exposed to during the work phase of their apprenticeship.


Study/Course Delivery
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Understand the science of plastic/rubber transformations

2. Apply engineering knowledge in resolving problems encountered during manufacturing

3. Maintain and improve machinery involved in the processes to optimise their performance

4. Understand the operations and failure modes of the large variety of specialised equipment.

Core Study Units
  • Health and Safety
  • Mathematics
  • Classification of Polymers
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Drawing and CAD
  • Electrical & Electronic Technology
  • Testing of Material
  • Practice that needs to be carried out in Industry
Specialist Units
  • Mould Materials
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Auxiliary Processes/Maintenance and Repair
  • Type of Machines
  • Quality Systems and Process Control
  • Industrial Control and PLC/Mechanics of Machines
Supplementary Units
  • Business Systems
Supporting Units
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • IT
Optional Units
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marine Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (Plant)
Progress After Completion Business Systems
Career Opportunities
  • Polymer process technician
  • Moulding technician
  • Machine setter