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Frequently Asked Questions

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Radiation Curing Program
315-470-6888
radcuring@esf.edu

This project is funded, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing.

The SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. This project adheres to the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Radiation curing processes (ultraviolet light and electron beam) represent a $1 billion per year industry in North America. While this innovative high-growth process is transforming the advanced manufacturing and technical industries, specialized training is drastically limited – until now!

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What led to the development of the RadTech International/SUNY-ESF online Radiation Curing Program (RCP)?
 
Working together with RadTech International, an organization dedicated to the advancement of ultraviolet and electron beam technologies, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY-ESF) recognized that the rapidly expanding radiation curing industry offered extensive opportunities in manufacturing jobs. The Radiation Curing Program (RCP) was developed with support, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Technical Skills Training Grant to enhance American jobs and global competitiveness.


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Who should consider RCP courses?
RCP courses are for those who want to enhance their professional development, whether they are currently working in the radiation curing profession or just want to get a better understanding of the technology; and for students interested in pursuing a graduate-level education in this exciting area. It is the perfect way to complement in-house training for radiation curing professionals.


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Why should companies be interested in having employees take the RCP courses?
If a company manufactures radiation curables, or is a user or potential user of radiation curables, these courses can help keep or improve its competitive edge. Sales people will obtain a working understanding of the technology to better promote it to customers. Interns will gain valuable knowledge to enter the job force. Buyers of radiation cured products will have a better understanding of supply chain technology. And industry experts will keep abreast of the evolving technology and stay on the leading edge.


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What courses are being offered?
RCP offers expanding choices of online short and advanced courses. Currently being offered are:

  • Short courses (4-6 hour):
    • Basics of UV Curable 3D Printing
    • Principles of Energy Curing Technologies
  • Advanced courses (full semester courses offered on a non-credit or 500-level credit basis:
    • Introduction to Polymer Coatings
    • Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies
    • Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety

Complete course descriptions with a list of modules can be found here.


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How are the courses structured?
The courses are all online, so they can be taken whenever time allows, provided the course is completed within the specified time period. This offers students the ability to quickly and easily pick up where they left off and go to specific sections for review. The structure allows students to learn on their schedule, and at their own pace. The advanced courses include opportunities to communicate with the instructor and other students through an interactive “blackboard” and email.


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How do the short courses and advanced courses differ?
The short courses were created for those seeking professional development and a better understanding of radiation curing methodology. They are particularly suitable for sales people and customers wishing to become familiar with the technology. The short courses can typically be completed in 4-6 hours. The advanced courses are 500-level college courses. They are more in-depth, include more interaction with the instructors, and include additional assignments and readings. The advanced courses were designed for those seeking higher level understanding of the subject, graduate degrees, or certifications in the field. While there are quizzes at the end of each module, only the advanced courses have final exams.


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Why take the advanced courses for credit?
The advanced courses offer additional education in a specialized field. If you are attending a SUNY school or another institution, the 500-level credits you earn may be transferrable.


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Who teaches these courses?
RCP courses are taught by highly experienced industry experts who are actively working in the radiation curing profession. They are listed on the RCP website.


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How does someone register for these courses?
Registration for the short courses and non-credit advanced courses is online. If a student is taking courses for credit, and they are not currently a student at SUNY-ESF, they must enroll as a visiting student.


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How much do the courses cost?

The short courses are $295. The advanced courses are $1,359 for anyone taking them on a non-credit basis or New York State residents taking them for credit; and $2,775 for credit if the student is an out-of-state resident. RadTech members are eligible for discounts for any non-credit course. Refer to the RCP website for current cost.


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Are there group discounts?

Excluding courses taken for credit, a 20% group discount per course is available for three or more participants from the same organization. If your company enrolls five or more students in an advanced course, it is also eligible for a unique class section that allows for discussion that may not be possible if other companies were participating.


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When do the courses begin?

The short courses can be taken at any time as long as they are completed in the specified time period. The advanced courses begin three times a year and coincide with the SUNY-ESF school calendar. However, if your company is interested in enrolling five or more people in an advanced course, a unique class just for your company can be initiated at any time.


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Is funding available to take these courses?

Individuals are typically able to obtain funding for employment training. Visit www.servicelocator.org to find the local American Job Center for additional information.


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Does this program have the support of industry?
RCP is a collaborative effort and its advisory board includes RadTech International North America, Manufacturers Association of Central New York, New York State Department of Labor, Rapid Cure Technologies, Onondaga County Workforce Investment Board, Central New York Technology Development Organization, New York Academy of Sciences, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, Partners for Education & Business, and the New York State Energy Research Development Authority.


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Where can someone find additional information?

RCP’s course details are available at www.radcuring.com, or email Radcuring@esf.edu for more information.

RCP Links
with CPT(MSSC) and UV/EB

Contact Us

Radiation Curing Program
315-470-6888
radcuring@esf.edu

This project is funded, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing.

The SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. This project adheres to the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).