Monthly Archives: September 2013

Online Certified Production Technician (CPT) training


Preparing individuals to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing

This is as convenient and affordable as it gets
(thanks to a grant received by ESF and MACNY to support advanced manufacturing in CNY) Created by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and accredited by ANSI, CPT recognizes mastery of the core manufacturing production competencies at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor).

Fall schedule / Open to the public

  • Safety (October 7-18, 2013)
  • Quality Practices & Measurement (October 21-November 1, 2013)
  • Manufacturing Process & Production (November 4-15, 2013)
  • Maintenance Awareness (November 18-December 6, 2013)
  • Green Production (December 9-13, 2013) this module is introduced this fall at no additional registration cost.

Cost for all five modules is $354 and includes registration, online access, all course materials, group and individual consultation, and module assessments.  A web search will indicate that comparable programs cost upwards of $2,000!  Register now:

For in-house, alternate scheduling options, and individual module pricing contact Howie Hollander or Sean Nicholson / 315.470.6817 /

ESF announces new and innovative program

Dear Colleagues: 

SUNY-ESF, along with RadTech International North America, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and other partners is proud to announce a new Radiation Curing Program (RCP) comprised of three online courses and an Advanced Certificate.  

Students matriculated at other campuses may use these courses as professionally-oriented upper-level electives focused on a specialized interdisciplinary application of chemistry, physics and engineering. Participating students will pursue coursework alongside practicing professionals.  Students from other campuses may register on a visiting (non-matriculated) basis during the academic year or Summer Session.

 Practicing professionals and others seeking professional preparation or development will appreciate this convenient and affordable approach. 

Participants may

  • Pursue one or more “500” level courses on a non-credit or credit basis.
  • Apply and earn an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing by meeting application requirements and successfully completing all three courses for credit (participants may still register and work on one or more courses at a time).

About Radiation or Energy Curing…

Perhaps the most concise overview of UV and EB curing is provided by RadTech:

Chances are several times today you touched an object “cured” using either ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing by simply reaching for your morning cereal box, handling a CD or DVD, reading a magazine, using your credit card, typing on your keyboard, driving your car, or just walking on your floor.

UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials may be cured (dried), rather than using traditional methods that typically use more energy and create harmful emissions. In effect, the ultraviolet light spectrum in a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB interact with specially formulated chemistries to cure materials–typically more quickly, using less energy and thereby at lower cost than by other methods.

The advantages of UV & EB are well-documented–particularly when used with manufactured products that require fast processing and/or on substrates that are sensitive to heat. In addition, UV & EB are considered environmentally responsible since most of the solvents in traditional processes may be eliminated, thanks to the special capabilities of UV & EB curing.

 Fall 2013 Schedule

  • Introduction to Polymer Coatings /September 9, 2013 – November 15, 2013 / Online
  • Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies / September 23, 2013 – December 6, 2013 / Online
  • Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety / September 23, 2013 – November 15, 2013 / Online

Spring 2014 Schedule

  • Introduction to Polymer Coatings /February 3, 2014 – April 18, 2014 / Online
  • Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies / February 17, 2014 – May 2, 2014 / Online
  • Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety / February 17 , 2014 – April 18, 2014 / Online

Summer 2014 and future Fall/Spring Schedules will be posted soon.

  • Available soon

Complete information is available at or contact

Dr. Charles M. Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
226 Gateway Center l One Forestry Drive l Syracuse, NY 13210
315.470.6810 (direct)  l  315.470.6817 (main) (email)  l (web)