Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TCAT – Pulaski Forms Partnership to Make Routsis Training Available to Plastics Industry

Technical Training for Injection Molders, Parts and Mold Designers
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Pulaski is pleased to announce the addition of a
series of plastics training courses from Routsis Training, the premier training provider in the
plastics industry, to its comprehensive Advanced Manufacturing Education program. The
college was able to offer this training through a partnership with local economic development
agencies and industry. The Giles County Economic Development Commission, Lewisburg
Economic Development Commission, Marshall County Joint Economic and Community
Development Board and Magneti Marelli provided funding to assist TCAT – Pulaski in the
purchase of the online training program.
The partnership was spearheaded by Advanced Manufacturing Education program instructor
Dino Owen who saw a need among the regions 130 plastics related manufacturers. “Offering
these industry-leading training courses is part of the overall strategy of expanding the college’s
programs to address all of the plastics industry training needs,” said Mr. Owen. The decision
was based on the extensive training materials that Routsis offers for injection molding (over 100
training courses) as well as part design and mold design. The Routsis Training platform is
available online, anytime, on demand.
The training from Routsis Training benefits all manufacturing personnel, from tool and die and
operators to process technicians and material handlers and includes instruction using the
industry’s best practices with an emphasis on safety. The design – based training enables
engineers to update their design practices for plastics parts, and to save time and money in mold
Overall, the plastics industry is the second-largest manufacturing segment in the U.S. according
to SPI, the plastics industry trade organization. Nearly 45,000 Tennesseans are employed within
the chemicals and plastics sector. The plastics training partnership led by the Tennessee College
of Applied Technology – Pulaski represents a commitment to prepare and maintain a qualified
workforce to further strengthen this important industry segment.
Routsis training is used in more than 3000 companies, including over 100 learning centers and
educational institutions worldwide that use its interactive training programs as part of their
standard curriculum. Routsis also is endorsed by the Society of Plastics Engineers. For more
information contact Dino Owen at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Pulaski at