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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 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.

 

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  
CHM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4  
or
CHM111 General Chemistry I 4  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits
PPT248 Extrusion 4  
PPT251 Blow Molding 4  
MTT104 Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
or
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 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  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Accreditation

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