Plastics & Polymer Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

About this program

Plastics and polymers have the power to transform tomorrow. And you do too. Pursue an associate’s at Penn College and build the technical talent to ignite change in a field with endless possibilities.

Thanks to plastic parts, rockets can lift off with lower energy consumption. Because of plastic biodegradable food containers, landfill waste can be dramatically reduced. And with more plastic integrated into vehicle designs, we can save fuel and carbon emissions.

At Penn College, you’ll get extensive hands-on experience with all the major processes in industry-driven labs. Soak up real-world lessons from faculty who’ve worked in the field. And build the technical talent to help imagine smarter, more sustainable solutions across all industries.

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 & Elastomers (PPT128)
  • Polymer Testing Lab (PPT129)
  • Sustainable Materials (PPT140)
  • Composites & 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 & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM100) or
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication & Repair (MTT223)

​​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 & Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry II (MTH183)
Featured Videos

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.

Plastics with Sydney

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.

Your Future in Plastics

Dive into the wide world of plastics. Explore unique and in-demand career possibilities ranging from operations and manufacturing to research and development. And meet a trio of Penn College graduates who are making names for themselves at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials—one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance manufacturing materials.

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.

Feb 25

Open House

Saturday, February 25 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 17

Open House

Friday, March 17 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 26

Open House

Sunday, March 26 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 14

Open House

Friday, April 14 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 29

Open House

Saturday, April 29 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

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Contact

Admissions Office

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

Maker Profiles
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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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
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 60+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Gain global experience
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

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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