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(Effective Fall 2012)

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Algebra, physics, chemistry, and, if possible, mechanical drawing.

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 online catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ). They should do so prior to enrollment and in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading. Students testing into MTH 004 are not permitted to take Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology (PPT) courses until the deficiency is cleared.

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 well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and analyze and interpret the results.
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • 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
CHM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 3 3 S REQ
or
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
TOTAL CREDITS 16
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
or
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 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
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Accreditation

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