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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Plastics Engineering Technology BS

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Products made by the plastics industry range from simple articles like bottles and cups to highly intricate molded parts for the automotive, electronics, and medical products industries. Their production requires knowledgeable technologists who can design a product, select the best plastic for that product, design a mold, and establish the optimum operating conditions for the machines that are used to mold the product. The plastics engineering technology program prepares you to become a member of the team that accomplishes these objectives.

The program emphasizes plastics processing operations and includes significant components in the areas of materials, mold design, and production methods. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume professional positions in the plastics manufacturing industry. Typical job titles are process engineer, project engineer, and production manager.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The educational objectives of the Plastics Engineering Technology Program at SSU are to produce graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are able to:

  1. be successfully employed in an engineering technology or related field, or accepted into graduate programs;
  2. be effective in the design of engineering technology solutions and the practical application of engineering technology principles using high safety standards;
  3. be able to demonstrate initiative and ownership, either as a leader or a member of a team;
  4. demonstrate effective listening and communication skills;
  5. understand and apply professional, ethical, and quality standards of excellence, consistent with the plastics industry (and SPE Code of Ethics);
  6. expand knowledge and capabilities through continuing education or other lifelong learning experiences in preparation for tomorrow’s world;
  7. serve their communities, whether locally, nationally, or globally; respecting diversity, cultures, legislation and the environment.

Plastics Engineering Technology Student Outcomes (SOs) - ABET (1-5)

Proposed ETAC outcomes beginning 2019-20

By the time students graduate from the Plastics Engineering Technology program, they are expected to have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to discipline;
  2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specific needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

Degree Requirements

General Education Program 31 Hours

The General Education Program, including the First Year Experience, is composed of 41 credit hours minimum of which 10 hours may be satisfied by the following mathematics and science requirements in the Plastics Engineering Technology curriculum: MATH 1250 and Natural Sciences: CHEM 1141 and 2200. Further information about the GEP is listed in the General Education Program  or can be obtained from the department chairperson’s office.

Engineering Technology Courses 9 Hours
Mathematics/Science Courses 19 Hours
Plastics Engineering Tech. Courses 53 Hours
Technical Electives Courses 8 Hours
Total Hours Required 120 Hours

Technical Electives (8 Hours)

Courses to be determined with faculty academic advisor approval.  A recommended technical elective is the CADD Minor.  This will require completion of an interdisciplinary integrative paper and oral presentation as required for IDST4490-Senior Seminar.  This credit will be awarded via the Petition for Course Substitution form available at the Registrar’s office and approved by the course instructor and department chair of engineering technologies.

Sample Schedule

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