A graduate in Plastics and Polymer Technology will have a working knowledge of plastic materials and processing techniques, such as injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding, rotational molding, and composite manufacturing.

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...

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After Graduation

Continue Education

Graduates of the PS major can continue their education and expand their job skills in the plastics industry. The first two years of both the PS and BPS majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year BPS degree without loss of credits.

Career Opportunities

Process setup technician, new product development technician, quality control technician, customer service technician, sales service technician. Experienced Plastics and Polymer Technology graduates commonly serve in supervisory roles in industry.

Graduates from plastics 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.

Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic was $37,880 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $57,750.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing29,160$18.65$38,790
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing12,780$17.40$36,190
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing11,140$20.78$43,220
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing10,320$18.85$39,210
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing10,200$23.08$48,010

Statistics reported in May 2016

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tools

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)

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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.

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