Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

About this program

When it comes to studying plastics and polymers, Penn College is the place to be. Here, you’ll join a community of tomorrow-minded leaders determined to make the world better than they found it.

Thanks to extensive training in hands-on labs and support from experienced, passionate faculty, you’ll learn how to make your mark in a field that has the potential to spark positive change.

Whether that’s designing life altering medical devices or re-imagining smarter aerospace solutions, you’ll be empowered to raise the bar in a field with endless possibilities. And when you train in our ABET accredited program, you can rest assured knowing that your technical skills will take you where you want to go.

Effective Fall 2024 this program will become Polymer Engineering Technology.

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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Overall Job Placement

5

Learn Five Major Plastics 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 & 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)
  • Advanced Extrusion (PPT310)
  • Mechanical Properties & Testing (PPT316)
  • Polymer Synthesis & Formulation (PPT370)
  • Polymer Synthesis Lab (PPT371)
  • Plastics Formulation Lab (PPT372)
  • Advanced Blow Molding (PPT320)
  • Plastic Part Design (PPT340)
  • CIM & Automation in Plastics Processing (PPT360)
  • Project Management & Capstone Planning (PPT385)
  • Advanced Injection Molding (PPT410)
  • Mold & Die Design (PPT450)
  • Designing Molds & Dies (PPT451)
  • Building Molds & Dies (PPT452)
  • Plastics Engineering Technology Senior Project (PPT496)
  • Advanced Thermoforming & Rotational Molding (PPT420)
  • Moldflow (PPT480)
  • Engineering Ethics & 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 & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication & Repair (MTT223)
  • 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 & Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry II (MTH183)
  • Applied Calculus (MTH230) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Featured Videos

Lab Tour

Join instructor Vii Rice on a tour of the labs and the five major plastics processes in the Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology programs.

Your Class In 60 Seconds: Sustainable Materials

Explore this future-minded course created to inform the next generation of engineers and consumers. In the class, Sustainable Materials, students examine how the choices they make have the power to shape the world for years to come. Through research, analysis, and large-group discussions, students address common misconceptions related to sustainability and dive into thought-provoking topics impacting the exciting field of plastics and polymer engineering technology.

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.

Maker Profiles
Athletics

Wildcat Spotlight

Challenges are a mere blip on Coryn’s radar. While a student, she survived a lifechanging motorcycle and returned to Penn College stronger than ever before. Today she’s thriving thanks to the friendships and support she’s found on the Wildcat volleyball team. “Penn College will teach you how to love your neighbor and how to talk with your teammates. It’s very different from a lot of universities. I think it was built for me.” Meet Coryn and follow her remarkable student-athlete journey.

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.

Oct 7

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, October 7 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Nov 5

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, November 5 8:30 AM - 3 PM

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ABET-Accredited Program

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org), under the General Criteria.

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.

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.

Penn College News
08.18.2023

Teachers race back to class to pique middle schoolers' STEM interest

As part of a PAsmart “Advancing K-12 Computer Science & STEM Education” grant received by Pennsylvania College of Technology from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 24 middle school educators recently convened on campus for a weeklong hands-on externship.

08.15.2023

Plastics pros enhance skills at Penn College

A diverse group of plastics professionals from throughout North America experienced higher-level technology in rotational molding during a recent workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

07.14.2023

Your class in 60 seconds: Sustainable Materials

Spare a minute to explore this future-minded course – PPT140 – created to inform the next generation of engineers and consumers.

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), under the General Criteria.

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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