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. 

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Plastics Programs in the World with ABET Accreditation

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

  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)

​​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)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM100) or
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • 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

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.

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
10.14.2019

College part of Chamber’s industry tour for educators

School counselors, along with career and technical educators, included Penn College on a Monday tour of the area’s ...

10.04.2019

Five Penn College academic majors reaccredited

A global accreditation leader has given its stamp of approval to five Pennsylvania College of Technology majors. The ABET ...

09.30.2019

Penn College plastics student awarded scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics student is one of just six individuals nationwide to receive a $5,000 PACK EXPO ...

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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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