Plastics is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, with an economic impact exceeding $100 billion annually and providing approximately 1.5 million jobs. As it continues its rapid growth in both sales and consumption, the plastics industry will continue to lead others in both expansion and stability.
Our associate degree program prepares you to become a valuable and integral part of the plastics field. Graduates enter positions dealing with injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, thermoforming, structural and nonstructural foams, rotomolding, supervision, industrial statistics, mold preparation, setup, quality control, production control, fabrication, and semiprofessional research and development. Positions available to the plastics technology graduate include: Process engineer, production technician, senior technician, application research technician, technician service representative, quality control technician, and chemical sales or technical service representative.
Graduates of this associate degree program have the option of continuing into the bachelor's program in a 2+2 fashion. This gives you the flexibility to leave at the end of two years or finish the bachelor's degree in four years. Please speak to a program advisor about this option to assure completion of math and science requirements prior to enrolling in 3000-level plastics engineering technology courses.
|Course No.||Course||Class Hrs.||Lab Hrs.||Credit Hrs.|
|CHEM 1141||General Chemistry 1||3||3||4|
|ENGL 1102||Discourse & Composition||3||0||3|
|ETPL 1100||Plastics Manufacturing||3||0||3|
|CHEM 1142||General Chemistry 2||3||3||4|
|ENGL 1195||Comp. & Argumentation||3||0||3|
|ETPL 2200||Plastics Processing 1||3||3||4|
|MATH 2110||Calculus 1||4||0||4|
|ETPL 2220||Plastics Processing 2||3||3||4|
|ETPL 2235||Stat. Process/Quality Con. 1||4||0||4|
|MATH 2120||Calculus 2||4||0||4|
|PHYS 2201||Physics 1||4||0||4|
|ETXX - - -||Technical Elective|
|ETCA 1301||3D Parameteric Modeling||2||3||3|
|ETCO 2225||Ind. Mgt. & Occ. Safety||3||0||3|
|ETPL 1120||Software Tools For Tech.||3||0||3|
|ETPL 2230||Properties of Polymers 1||3||3||4|
|PHYS 2202||Physics 2||4||0||4|
|Total Credit Hours||66|