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Sustainable Packaging Design trainee program offered by the center for Packaging and unit Load Design

Oct. 20, 2015 –  

By LaszLo horvath


Sustainable Packaging Design trainee Landon Holbert (Sophmore) and Bradley Sisson (Senior) are learning about standard operating procedures through a LEGO® car building exercise.

Every year, 4 outstanding undergraduate students are selected from Virginia Tech Packaging Systems and Design program to participate in the Sustainable Packaging Designer trainee program offered by the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design. In 2015, William Bagby (Junior), Teddy Polk (Senior), Landon Holbert (Sophmore), and Bradely Sisson (Senior) were selected. As part of the trainee program the students spent the whole summer in Blacksburg learning about pallet, packaging and unit load testing. the summer training started with a four-day extensive off-site training program in Georgia. During the training the students learned about the principles of lean manufacturing, the importance of standards, practiced pallet testing procedures, and also participated in team building exercises. 
Following the four-day training, the students learned ISO, ASTM, and TAPPI pallet and packaging testing procedures and became Certified Laboratory Technicians by the international Safe Transit Association (ISTA). In addition to the training, the students had a chance to work on real life industrial testing projects with regional and multinational companies such as Corning, Tvilum, Homestar,Logisall, Altria and others.

Sustainable Packaging Design trainee Students Sustainable Packaging Design trainee

Although the students accomplished a lot, their journey is just starting. During the fall semester, they will work on a project sponsored by the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association and present the findings of the research in their annual leadership meeting in the spring.



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