Plastics & Polymer Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student holding plastic disc

About this program

Play a part in bringing new product ideas to life. And learn how to do it within Penn College’s leading-edge plastics and polymer program. Explore the structure, properties, and applications of various materials. Then get hands-on experience with all five major plastic processing techniques. In industry-driven labs with expert faculty leading the way, you’ll learn how to thrive in this innovative career path. 

Next steps...

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

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Plastics Programs in the World with ABET Accreditation

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Hired BEFORE Graduation

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Learn Five Major Plastic Processes

Careers

  • Process technologist
  • Design technologist
  • Research & development technologist
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)

​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)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM100) or
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey (MTT104)

​​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) or
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
Facilities

Lab Tour

Explore the labs and the five major plastics processes covered by Penn College's Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology programs.

Facilities

Thermoforming Lab

Get hands-on experience in one of the top plastics technology centers in the nation for research, development, and education related to injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding, and thermoforming.

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.

Mar 15

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Monday, March 151:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 17

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Wednesday, March 171:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 22

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Monday, March 221:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 24

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Wednesday, March 241:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 29

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Monday, March 291:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 31

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Wednesday, March 311:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 5

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Monday, April 51:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 7

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Wednesday, April 71:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 12

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Monday, April 121:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 14

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Wednesday, April 141:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 19

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Monday, April 191:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 21

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Wednesday, April 211:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 26

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Monday, April 261:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Wednesday, April 281:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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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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Featured Video

Plastics with Sidney

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. 

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. 

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
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

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

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

News
10.21.2020

Penn College plastics student awarded scholarship

The Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation has honored a Pennsylvania College of Technology student with a scholarship. Sidney ...

10.01.2020

Penn College grants emeritus status to trio of retired faculty

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized emeritus status for three retired faculty ...

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Penn College grad ‘shoots for the moon’ with Google

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Study Abroad

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 as explained on the Transfer to Penn College web page. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

View general transfer information

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