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(Effective Fall 2012)

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.

Educational objectives, student outcomes, and enrollment/graduation data for this major

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in high school math and sciences is desired. An awareness of computer science equipment and software also is desired.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ).

Transfer Procedures

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

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
  • function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.
  • understand the need for and engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • understand the impact of plastics and polymer engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
PPT115 The Plastics Industry 2 2 M REQ
PPT118 Polymer Processing Survey - Lecture 3 3 M REQ
PPT119 Polymer Processing Survey - Lab 1 3 M REQ
PPT128 Plastics and Elastomers 3 3 M REQ
PPT129 Polymer Testing Lab 1 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PPT140 Sustainable Materials 3 3 M REQ
PPT160 Composites and Nanocomposites 3 2 3 M REQ
CHM111 General Chemistry I 4 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PPT248 Extrusion 4 3 3 M REQ
PPT251 Blow Molding 4 3 3 M REQ
MTT104 Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PPT220 Tooling Maintenance 1 3 M REQ
PPT235 Injection Molding 4 2 6 M REQ
PPT260 Rotational Molding 3 2 3 M REQ
PPT270 Thermoforming 3 2 3 M REQ
QAL231 Quality Principles 3 2 3 M REQ
MTH230 Applied Calculus 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH240 Calculus I 4 4 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PPT310 Advanced Extrusion 3 2 3 M REQ
PPT316 Mechanical Properties and Testing 4 3 3 M REQ
PPT370 Polymer Synthesis and Formulation 3 3 M REQ
PPT371 Polymer Synthesis Lab 1 3 M REQ
PPT372 Plastics Formulation Lab 1 3 M REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
BPT Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3   S BPT
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PPT320 Advanced Blow Molding 3 2 3 M REQ
PPT340 Plastic Part Design 3 2 3 M REQ
PPT360 CIM and Automation in Plastics Processing 3 2 3 M REQ
PPT385 Project Management and Capstone Planning 3 2 3 M REQ
PHS Physics/Chemistry Elective 4   S PHS
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PPT410 Advanced Injection Molding 3 2 3 M REQ
PPT450 Mold and Die Design 3 3 M REQ
PPT451 Designing Molds and Dies 1 3 M REQ
PPT452 Building Molds and Dies 1 3 M REQ
PPT496 Plastics Engineering Technology Senior Project 3 9 M REQ
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 3 S REQ
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PPT420 Advanced Thermoforming and Rotational Molding 3 2 3 M REQ
PPT480 Moldflow 3 2 3 M REQ
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 18

Accreditation

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org