The Plastics Engineering Technology Program is one of the few programs in the United States and the only Plastics Engineering Technology program in the tri-state area (WV, MD, VA). This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Plastics Engineering Technology and could provide students the option to pursue a bachelor's degree in plastics engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, or engineering management.
Graduates of the Plastics Engineering Technology program can enter careers such as Plastics Process Technician, Maintenance Technician, Quality Technician, Designers, Technical Sales, and Dye Makers. Students who pursue this degree should be eligible to sit for certification in CAD and machining.
Students will gain an understanding of the technology utilized in modern manufacturing and engineering firms. Students will have access to hands-on, innovative laboratories in areas such as Robotics, CNC, CAD, and Plastic Processing. Internships may be available.
- Demonstrate professionalism (on time, positive attitude, respectful).
- Identify industrial and personal safety equipment.
- Practice team building and effective communication.
- Identify tools and equipment used in plastics engineering.
- Understand the fundamentals of Quality Control.
- Demonstrate how to properly set up, program, operate, maintain and troubleshoot a scaled manufacturing system.
- Understand the fundamentals of plastics processing.
- Understand the processing methods of injection and blow molding.
- Utilize CAS and CAW to construct molds and plastic parts.
- Identify common robotic applications in the workplace.
Plastics Engineering Technicians may find employment opportunities with the consumer product, food and beverage, automotive, medical, aerospace, and toy manufacturers. The average annual salary for students in this field is between $44,480 and $55,770, with the top ten percent earning over $80,000. Employment opportunities may be available at employers such as LogoPlaste, Technimark, Parker Plastics, Brentwood, and Monoflo.