This major prepares students to work in all phases of new plastics product development. Graduates may work in plastics operations in which engineers pass plans and projects to management, who must carry out the planning, organization, and delivery of manufactured products. Emphasis is on the skills needed to lead projects and interface with engineering and development teams, as well as development of competencies in the science of polymer materials, test procedures, designing for manufacturability, large quantity processing, and quality assurance. Students have the opportunity to prepare for management and supervisory positions, as well as technical positions, sales, service, or research.
Graduates of the Plastics and Polymer Technology associate degree (PS) can transfer into the Plastics and Polymer Engineering bachelor degree (BPS) without losing any credits.
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...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org)
Objectives and Outcomes
Production manager/engineering technologist, materials technologist, process engineering technologist, research and development technologist, product development management, mold and die development specialist, sales and service representative, engineer assistant, facilities manager, quality control specialist.
Graduates from these 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.
Graduates of the department are currently employed at companies across Pennsylvania and the country, including Honda, Toyota, General Electric, DuPont, Tyco, General Motors and many more. As opportunities like this continue with a bright future, consider a career in plastics.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for materials engineers was $94,610 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $149,860.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing||3,340||$54.64||$113,660|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||3,030||$43.61||$90,720|
|Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||2,390||$53.60||$111,490|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||2,140||$52.03||$108,230|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||1,400||$50.89||$105,860|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
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)
Plastics & Polymer Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. Robert L Aungst, Jr., Process/Tooling Manager, The Tech Group, A West Company
- Mr. Adam Charles, Senior Process Engineer, Terumo Medical Corp.
- Matthew Leatherman, Process Manager, Carlisle Construction Materials Inc.
- Mr. Steven D Morgan, Plastics Engineer, Bausch & Lomb
- Mr. Sean M Stabler, Business Development Engineer, Arkema Inc.
- Mr. David M Sweeley, Lead Compounding Engineer, R&D, Sabic-Innovative Plastics
- Mr. Ralph Wolstenholme, Vice President, Med Plast Westfield
- Mr. Adam R Wrench, PMP, Process Excellence Manager, West Pharmaceutical Services
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.