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. 

1 of 6

Plastics Programs in the World with ABET Accreditation

60%

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)
  • Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey (MTT104)
  • 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.

  • Humanities Elective (HUM)
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART)
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp (BPT)
  • Physics/Chemistry Elective (PHS)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • 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)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
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.

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

Check out Anthony's Story

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)

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
07.02.2019

College offers injection molding processing workshops

Two weeks of the Injection Molding Processing Workshop offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics ...

06.13.2019

Extrusion workshop attracts plastics pros

The expertise offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics Innovation & Resource Center ...

06.07.2019

Season of well-regarded plastics workshops continues

Nearly two dozen registrants from eight companies in Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania attended the recent Plastics Materials, ...

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. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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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.

Necessary equipment will be addressed in courses as needed.

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

  • 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, Business Development Engineer, Arkema Inc.
  • 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu