This 16-17 credit program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basics of the materials and processes used to produce plastic parts. Students learn modern processing techniques and testing methods for plastics.
The following courses are required to obtain the certificate: PLET 050 or MET 107 or EDSGN 100S or EDSGN 100, PLET 205, PLET 206W, PLET 222, PLET 227
- PL ET 050 Computer Applications for Plastics Engineering Technology (3 credits) Programming spreadsheets for the solution of technical problems, internet access for background and support information, formatting professional reports, creating presentations.
- MET 107 Computer Applications for Technologists (3 credits) Programming spreadsheets, data bases and presentation software for solutions of technical problems; introduction to languages allowing creation of program macros.
- EDSGN 100S Introduction to Engineering Design (3 credits) Introduction to engineering design processes, methods, and decision making using team design projects; design communication methods including graphical, verbal, and written.
- PL ET 205 Introduction to Plastics (3 credits) Introduction to the plastics industry including fundamental aspects of plastic materials and processing; introduces the chemical influence on mechanical and flow properties of plastic materials.
- PL ET 206W Plastic Materials and Properties (3 credits) Coverage of the most common commercial plastics including their additives, fillers, and fibers; includes common physical tests used to determine material characteristics; writing intensive.
- PL ET 222 Introduction to Plastics Processing (4 credits) Introduction to plastic processing methods, materials, tooling, design, and equipment. Safe operation and practices are emphasized.
- PL ET 227 Plastics Processing & Statistical Methods (4 credits) Study of advanced issues in plastics processing, such as design of experiments and SPC/SQC will be covered.