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Plastics and Polymer Technology (PS)

(Effective Fall 2012)

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.

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

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.htm ). 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.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of plastics and polymer technology to narrowly defined plastics engineering technology activities.
  • apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to plastics and polymer technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  • conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined plastics and polymer technology problems.
  • communicate effectively regarding narrowly defined plastics and polymer 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.
  • 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 
CHM100Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 
CHM111General Chemistry I 4 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Third SemesterCredits
PPT248Extrusion 4 
PPT251Blow Molding 4 
MTT104Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
PPT220Tooling Maintenance 1 
PPT235Injection Molding 4 
PPT260Rotational Molding 3 
PPT270Thermoforming 3 
QAL231Quality Principles 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 


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