TLARGI’s 2020 Basic Rubber Technology Online Course (August 27 – December 17)

Whether your background is operations, sales, technical, finance or management, the “Basic Rubber Technology Course,” provided by The Los Angeles Rubber Group, Inc. (TLARGI) is invaluable to furthering your success in the rubber industry.

In fact, the course’s framework started in 1934 when Ray Stringfield taught a “Rubber Technology” course at the University of Southern California (USC).

For the past 70 years, this elastomer training has been a part of TLARGI’s technical education program. This year, RDAbbott’s Technology Fellow Rick Ziebell and AETS Rubber Technologist Matt Rogers will be leading the course instruction. Rick has been teaching the course for ten years. This is Matt’s second year co-teaching the course.


Typically the “Basic Rubber Technology Course” is a 20-week, in-classroom setting comprised of two semesters. But, due to the COVID pandemic, TLARGI is offering this exceptional training in web format for 2020. This abridged course, starting August 27 will be a single 15-week semester with classes meeting every Thursday evening from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Pacific Time), and ending December 17, 2020.

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the following topics:

  • Designing with rubber
  • Formulating with rubber
  • Compounding with rubber
  • Fabricating with rubber
  • Mold design and manufacturing with rubber*
  • Testing with rubber

Other highlighted topics include: rubber industry overview and history, silicone rubber, rubber-to-substrate bonding, recycling, latex, foam/sponge, mold building, rubber test methods, and more.

*New course taught by Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp.


As a result of the abridged online schedule, TLARGI is offering their 15-week course for $380 per student, whether or not you’re a TLARGI member. That’s an unprecedented 20% discount!

Please note, however, if major advancements in COVID prevention come to fruition, the course will revert to its original in-classroom format and additional fees may be required.

If you have any questions, please contact Rick Ziebell at