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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:
  • 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.

Curriculum

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

Accreditation

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