Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
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About this program

When it comes to studying plastics and polymers, Penn College is the place to be. Our innovative program is one of just six around the globe with ABET accreditation. And our specialized labs are outfitted with industry-size equipment for training on all types of plastic production processes. Plus you’ll have the support of skilled faculty with real-world experience leading multi-million-dollar projects, publishing books and software, and writing standards for training. 

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

1 of 6

Plastics Programs in the World with ABET Accreditation

62%

Hired BEFORE Graduation

5

Learn Five Major Plastic Processes

Careers

  • Process engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Research & development engineer
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • The Plastics Industry (PPT115)
  • Polymer Processing Survey - Lecture (PPT118)
  • Polymer Processing Survey - Lab (PPT119)
  • Plastics and Elastomers (PPT128)
  • Polymer Testing Lab (PPT129)
  • Sustainable Materials (PPT140)
  • Composites and Nanocomposites (PPT160)
  • Extrusion (PPT248)
  • Blow Molding (PPT251)
  • Tooling Maintenance (PPT220)
  • Injection Molding (PPT235)
  • Rotational Molding (PPT260)
  • Thermoforming (PPT270)
  • Quality Principles (QAL231)
  • Advanced Extrusion (PPT310)
  • Mechanical Properties and Testing (PPT316)
  • Polymer Synthesis and Formulation (PPT370)
  • Polymer Synthesis Lab (PPT371)
  • Plastics Formulation Lab (PPT372)
  • Advanced Blow Molding (PPT320)
  • Plastic Part Design (PPT340)
  • CIM and Automation in Plastics Processing (PPT360)
  • Project Management and Capstone Planning (PPT385)
  • Advanced Injection Molding (PPT410)
  • Mold and Die Design (PPT450)
  • Designing Molds and Dies (PPT451)
  • Building Molds and Dies (PPT452)
  • Plastics Engineering Technology Senior Project (PPT496)
  • Advanced Thermoforming and Rotational Molding (PPT420)
  • Moldflow (PPT480)
  • Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues (MET321)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey (MTT104)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Physics/Chemistry Elective (PHS)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Applied Calculus (MTH230) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Featured Video

Plastics with Sidney

Meet Sidney Trunzo, a Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology student. Get a glimpse of her training in hands-on labs. Find out why she loves her major. And learn how this ABET-accredited program prepares students, like Sidney, to take the lead in a thriving industry.

Featured Video

PlastiVan

The Society of Plastics Engineers PlastiVan program visited Penn College to educate area students about the wonders of plastics and the rich career opportunities in the field. Students enjoyed hands-on activities revealing the power of plastics and toured the college's plastics labs. 

Student Experience

“I honestly love plastics. I didn’t know what to expect when I enrolled. I knew I had an end goal and needed this education to reach that goal. It’s been quite the rollercoaster ride for me. It’s been awesome.”

Anthony Wagner

Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

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Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

May 26

Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology Visit Day

Wednesday, May 2610:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jun 12

Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology Visit Day

Saturday, June 1211:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 7

Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology Visit Day

Wednesday, July 710:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 17

Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology Visit Day

Saturday, July 179:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Facilities

Lab Tour

Join instructor Joshua Rice, as he takes you on a tour of the labs and the five major plastics processes in the Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology programs.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Shell Polymers
Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand. 

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

SPE works to form and maintain a professional connection for students and leaders in the plastics industry. Other benefits include scholarships and career links. Regular activities include weekly meetings, plant tours, guest speakers, national events, and conferences.  

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Necessary equipment will be addressed in courses as needed.

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

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Matthew Leatherman, '95, '97, Process Manager, Carlisle Construction Materials Inc.
  • Mr. Steven D Morgan, '93, '95, Plastics Engineer, Bausch & Lomb
  • Mr. Sean M Stabler, '04, '06, Research & Innovation Manager, SEKISUI KYDEX
  • Ms. Adriana Velasquez, TS Engineer, Shell Polymers
  • Mr. Ralph Wolstenholme, Vice President, Med Plast Westfield
  • Mr. Adam R Wrench, PMP, '06, Process Excellence Manager, West Pharmaceutical Services