Penn State Behrend has the only plastics-specific majors available within Penn State and one of only four accredited programs in the United States. We have the largest plastics lab dedicated to undergraduate studies in the country, with multimillion dollar state-of-the-art computer, materials, and processing labs.
In the bachelor’s degree program, students learn about the design of plastics’ components and products, processing methods, and materials, in addition to addressing technical and management issues. In their senior year, students work in small teams with individual faculty to complete capstone design projects. Most projects are sponsored by industry partners, giving students the opportunity to work on industry projects while completing their education.
Why Should You Study Plastics Engineering Technology at Penn State Behrend?
Graduates in Plastics Engineering Technology have enjoyed a rich employment track record since the program’s first graduating class. The breadth of
the plastics field gives graduates the opportunity to enter nearly any industry including automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, computer, toy and consumer products. Graduates are qualified for positions in product development, part design, tooling design, research, processing, plant engineering, production control, and technical sales in the plastics industry.
Why earn your Plastics Engineering Technology degree at Penn State Behrend?
- Penn State Behrend has the only plastics-specific majors available within Penn State and one of only four accredited programs in the United States.
- Penn State Behrend has the largest plastics lab dedicated to undergraduate studies in the country, with multimillion dollar state-of-the-art computer, materials, and processing labs.
- Small class sizes foster close student-professor relationships.
- Faculty typically have doctorates or significant industrial experience. Lectures and labs are taught by professors, not graduate students.
- The diverse and broad-based engineering education includes a strong design emphasis and practical laboratory experience.
- Cooperative education and internship opportunities are available for academic credit.
- Every student works on a team to complete a two-semester capstone design project, many sponsored by industry.
- Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on undergraduate research projects and participate in the Behrend Honors and Schreyer Honors programs.
- Our alumni network keeps faculty informed of internship and job openings for students.
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The Plastics Engineering Technology program is Accredited by the Engineering Technology Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.