The Plastics Engineering Technology major has two emphases: Manufacturing and Design which involve comprehensive coursework, involving practical and theoretical lectures with a strong emphasis on applied laboratory efforts in the areas of processing, resins, testing and design.
The coursework is designed to provide graduates for industry who are prepared to use their knowledge and skills of plastic materials, processes and related technology to help create the best possible quality products at the most economical cost. It is hoped that these same graduates will provide the continuation of this knowledge to colleagues and new employees as well as giving back to the Plastics Engineering Technology program in the future with their skills and other resources.
There is a continuing effort to encourage and provide students with internship opportunities and jobs, often during the summer, where they can increase their knowledge and experience and open doors for employment after graduation.
Student organizations where students can combine educational, career, social and leadership skill opportunities include SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) and SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering). These organizations have been very generous over the years in aiding students and programs with scholarship, monetary and educational support. SWE (Society of Women Engineers) is a third student organization that does an excellent job of supporting students.
Opportunities for employment in the Plastics Engineering Technology program include supervision/management, sales, process and design engineering, quality control, research and development and several other interesting and fulfilling careers.
To provide plastics graduates for industry who are prepared to use their knowledge and skills of plastic materials, processes and related technology.
It is the vision of the Plastics Engineering Technology Program to provide the students with a quality education that will prepare them for a successful career in the Plastics industry.
Pittsburg State University Plastics Engineering Technology Objectives and Outcomes were approved in March 2009.
Plastics Engineering Technology Program graduates will have the ability to:
1. support and manage plastic manufacturing operations including product development, plastics processing, project management, equipment selection, tooling selection.
2. work effectively in diverse teams and as individuals.
3. use appropriate scientific/mathematical and computational skills necessary for plastics applications.
4. use oral, graphical, and written communications skills to present and exchange information effectively, and to direct plastics processing operations.
5. think critically and identify, evaluate and solve complex technical and non-technical problems.
6. understand and apply professional, ethical, and quality standards of excellence consistent with the plastics industry (SPE code of Ethics).
Plastic Engineering Technology Program students will be able to demonstrate desired attributes before graduation (related to the TAC/ABET Criteria 3 a-k). The graduate will have:
a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities common to the plastics industry;
b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
i. an understanding of and a committment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.