Plastics Engineering Technology

Plastics Engineering Technology

Plastics Enginering Technology LaboratoryPenn State Behrend’s B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology offers you a unique educational opportunity. 

This is the only plastics-specific undergraduate degree program in the Penn State system, and one of only four accredited programs in the United States. The plastics processing laboratory in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center is largest undergraduate educational facility of its type, housing millions of dollars’ worth of computers, materials, and processing equipment for you to use in your studies.

Because the B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology is an uncommon academic credential, graduates enjoy robust employment opportunities. Plastics are ubiquitous, so you can find employment in any industry sector that interests you. Automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, computer, toy, and consumer products manufacturers frequently recruit Behrend graduates for positions in product development, part design, tooling design, processing, plant engineering, production control, technical sales, and research.

Why Penn State Behrend?

The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend offers you the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities, conduct research with award-winning faculty, and be recruited by companies around the world.

In lecture course work and hands-on laboratories you’ll learn not only about plastics materials but also how to design and produce plastic components and products. You’ll also develop the skills to manage the technical issues that affect plastics processing.

In your senior year, you’ll work with a small team and faculty mentor to complete a capstone design project. Most projects are sponsored by industry partners, giving you the opportunity to work on a real-world industry project, gain meaningful professional experience, and demonstrate relevant skills to potential employers.

Accreditation Matters

The B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, abet.org. Also, the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend consistently places in the Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the nation’s undergraduate engineering programs

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The Plastics Engineering Technology program is Accredited by the Engineering Technology Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

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