Workforce Development

Industrial Technologies

Industrial Maintenance—Calhoun can customize training to meet client needs; offerings are available in traditional, online, and hands-on formats including electrical, mechanical, and instrumentation.
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
  • Customized company-specific curriculum

Construction Trades Training—Calhoun can customize training to meet client needs; NCCER offerings are available in the following areas

  • Construction Craft Laborer
  • Electrical
  • Electronic Systems Technician
  • HVAC
  • Instrumentation
  • Millwright
  • Pipefitting
  • Plumbing
  • Rigging
  • Welding
  • Your Role in the Green Environment
  • Project Management and Supervision
OSHA Safety Training (General and Construction Industry)—Participants successfully completing this training receive an OSHA card from the Department of Labor
    Find out more about the 10-hour and 30-hour programs available.

Pre-apprenticeship—These offerings give participants a “jump start” into apprenticeship programs.

Fundamentals of Blow Molding

Registration Deadline Has Been Extended! Call 256-306-2664 for Details!

This course has been initiated by the Society of Plastics Engineers Blow Molding Division in conjunction with Calhoun Community College. It is designed to give a better understanding of the Plastic Blow Molding process in North America. This course is designed for both students as well as those currently employed within or around a plastics blow molding business.

Dates:  February 2 & 3 2015

Course Cost:  $599

Location:  Calhoun Community College, Aerospace Training Center, Decatur Campus

Outline Day 1
  • Safety
  • Types of machines used
  • Melting and screws
  • Learn to speak HDPE
  • Startup and shutdown
  • Troubleshooting
  • Melt fracture
  • Controlling oxidation/burn
  • Programming
  • Tooling adjustment
  • Optional Group Dinner (own expense) 
Outline Day 2
  • Troubleshooting continued
  • Parison adjustments
  • Safety features
  • Start-up procedures (specific to machine)
  • Tail length and bottle weight adjustment with programmer and RPM
  • Cycle adjustment and effect on overflow volume

About our Consultants

David Calderone

David is president of Alternatives 4 Plastics, a common sense and hands-on consulting firm for the plastic blow molding industry. David has been in the blow mold industry for 45 years and was a plant manager by the age of 25. David's career began on the floor packing and over time, becoming an operations manager overseeing a 300 employee plant with three unions in the facility. Mauser Group, Consolidated Container, Clearplass Containers and Liqui-Box are just a few of the bigger corporations David has worked for. His career includes many start-to-finish projects with large companies such as J&J, Zimmer Patient Care, Corning, and several medical companies and cosmetic companies like Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Crabtree & Evelyn.

As a co-owner in the fast growing business of personal care containers, David managed the operations. Later the company was purchased by one of the top 10 ranked blow molding companies in the country, and is still in operation today.

David interacted closely with the State's Industrial Development Boards while building two green field plants from start to finish. He even served on the one of the Industrial Development Boards after building a plant in their area.

David presently serves on the Society of Plastics Engineers Blow Molding Division Board of Directors and is Chair of the Division's Education and Training Committee.

Bob DeLong

Bob's career in plastics started in R&D at Hercules Powder in 1956, working on applications for the then-experimental Polypropylene. He blew the world's first PP bottles using a hand-operated machine built by Plax. In the 1960's, Bob led Celanese's (now Ineos) customers on processing techniques during the milk container's explosive growth period. Operator training was a key ingredient as the dairies moved to self manufacture, and this was the beginning of his teaching and consulting. Bob also taught semester courses in blow molding in Newark College of Engineering's associate degree program.

Bob spent 21 years as a senior consulting engineer at Solvay's Tech Center in Houston, active in all aspects of HDPE and PP blow molding. This included resin formulation, molds and tooling, field service, and training. End-uses ranged from household chemicals to multi-layer auto gas tanks to extra large parts such as septic tanks.

A long time member of the SPE, he became a senior member in 1969, elected a Fellow of the Society in 2002, and received the Blow Molding Division's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Bob served on Blow Molding Division's Board from 1995 until 2006, and is a frequent presenter at the Annual Blow Molding Conference. Bob is published in Modern Plastics, Canadian Plastics, Plastics Technology, as well as in several molding handbooks.

Wastewater Operator Certification Course

Spring course dates to be announced.

For specific information about these programs, call Brent Jacobs 256-306-2664 or