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  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Plastics-Polymer Engineering Technology, A.A.A.S.


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Academic Program Code:  935

The plastics forming industry continues to grow nationally and locally. An increasing variety of automotive parts, household goods, sports equipment, furniture, toys and machinery parts are formed from plastic. The Plastics-Polymer Engineering Technology program prepares people for jobs as laboratory technicians, mold designers, production supervisors, mold technicians and plastics machinery maintenance technicians for the rapidly growing local plastics forming industry. There are many plastics processing plants in Western Michigan that need trained people. These manufacturers and the Western Michigan Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers have indicated that excellent employment opportunities exist in plastics manufacturing and that trained workers are in short supply. Injection molding, blow molding, extrusion, thermoforming and many secondary processes are studied in the program. Since injection molding is the most prevalent of these processes, it is emphasized.

Some advanced-standing credit may be granted to entering graduates of high school machine tool and drafting programs that are members of the Kent Metropolitan Articulation Project. Courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements (including prerequisites) are met.

General Education Courses


Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work from the General Education Course List.  Course work must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


All students must take EN 101.

Humanities


Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective.

Social Sciences


Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Select one (1) Natural Sciences Lab/Non Lab General Education Elective or (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours


15 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours


64

Transfer Notes


MN 100, MN 249, TE 103 and TE 104 are classes that may not transfer into FSU’s Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering Technology degree program. Some colleges require EN 101 and EN 102 for a bachelor’s degree.  For students planning to transfer, please see your faculty advisor.

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