Plastics and Polymer Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

A graduate in Plastics and Polymer Technology will have a working knowledge of plastic materials and processing techniques, such as injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding, rotational molding, and composite manufacturing.

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment. Read more...

Program Specs

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Plastics & Polymer Technology
Plastics & Polymer Technology
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About the curriculum

Classes

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Accreditation & Industry Connections

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Program accreditation.

Objectives and Outcomes

Objectives, Goals/Outcomes, Enrollment/Graduation Data

After graduation

Continue Education

Graduates of the PS major can continue their education and expand their job skills in the plastics industry. The first two years of both the PS and BPS majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year BPS degree without loss of credits.

Career Opportunities

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

Graduates from plastics programs are in high demand to fill plastics industry career positions in manufacturing operations, process technology, supervision, research and development, product and machine design, and many more.

Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic was $35,580 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,340, and the top 10 percent earned more than $52,850.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 28,940 $17.28 $35,950
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 14,180 $16.38 $34,070
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 11,480 $17.49 $36,380
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 9,500 $19.16 $39,860
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 8,080 $20.52 $42,690

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tools

Necessary equipment will be addressed in courses as needed.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

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Plastics & Polymer Technology Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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