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Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology (BPS)

(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.htm ).

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:

  • select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of plastics and polymer engineering technology to broadly defined plastics and polymer engineering technology activities.
  • select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to plastic and polymer engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  • conduct standard tests and measurements; conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined plastics and polymer engineering technology problems.
  • function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined plastics and polymer engineering technology problems.
  • communicate effectively regarding broadly defined plastics and polymer engineering technology activities.
  • 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.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
PPT115The Plastics Industry 2 
PPT118Polymer Processing Survey - Lecture 3 
PPT119Polymer Processing Survey - Lab 1 
PPT128Plastics and Elastomers 3 
PPT129Polymer Testing Lab 1 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Second SemesterCredits
PPT140Sustainable Materials 3 
PPT160Composites and Nanocomposites 3 
CHM111General Chemistry I 4 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
PPT248Extrusion 4 
PPT251Blow Molding 4 
MTT104Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
PPT220Tooling Maintenance 1 
PPT235Injection Molding 4 
PPT260Rotational Molding 3 
PPT270Thermoforming 3 
QAL231Quality Principles 3 
MTH230Applied Calculus 3 
MTH240Calculus I 4 
Fifth SemesterCredits
PPT310Advanced Extrusion 3 
PPT316Mechanical Properties and Testing 4 
PPT370Polymer Synthesis and Formulation 3 
PPT371Polymer Synthesis Lab 1 
PPT372Plastics Formulation Lab 1 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
BPTCultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
PPT320Advanced Blow Molding 3 
PPT340Plastic Part Design 3 
PPT360CIM and Automation in Plastics Processing 3 
PPT385Project Management and Capstone Planning 3 
PHSPhysics/Chemistry Elective 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Seventh SemesterCredits
PPT410Advanced Injection Molding 3 
PPT450Mold and Die Design 3 
PPT451Designing Molds and Dies 1 
PPT452Building Molds and Dies 1 
PPT496Plastics Engineering Technology Senior Project 3 
ECO111Principles of Macroeconomics 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
PPT420Advanced Thermoforming and Rotational Molding 3 
PPT480Moldflow 3 
MET321Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 


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