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2019-2020 Catalog 
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Articulation Agreement

Plastics-Polymer Engineering Technology, A.A.A.S (Ferris State University-Plastics Engineering Technology)

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Academic Program Code:  798

Students in this program will receive an A.A.A.S. in Plastics Polymer Engineering Technology and be prepared to transfer to Ferris State University (FSU) to complete a B.S. degree in Plastics Engineering Technology. 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 trains 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.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 16 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list.  Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Social Sciences

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

General Education Total Credit Hours

16 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours


University/College Admission Requirements

It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the program and course schedule and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. To be admitted to the program at Ferris State University, students must complete the GRCC course work with a “C” or Higher (2.0 on 4.0 scale). A minimum 2.5 GPA is required, and students will need to submit all official college transcripts with their application. The Ferris State University course rotation (at the GRCC Campus) only begins every other fall semester in the odd years.

Transfer Notes

Contact the College of Engineering Technology advisor at Ferris State University if there are questions on specific transfer requirements. Once admitted, students must continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.

Students should take a Humanities course that meets the Ferris State University Cultural Enrichment requirement.

A higher level calculus course may be used in place of the math courses listed above. Students should consult with a Ferris State University advisor to determine transferability.

In What Order Should I Take Classes?

In What Order Should I Take Classes?

Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II

CHM 120 - Survey of General Chemistry  

EG 110 - Industrial Graphics with CAD  

MA 110 - College Algebra  OR

MA 131 - Precalculus   OR

MA 133 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I  

MN 119 - Introductory Machine Operations  

MN 220 - Basic Plastics Processing  

CHM 240 - Survey of Organic Chemistry  

EL 144 - Basic Electricity and Electronics  

MN 165 - Plastics Testing  

MN 223 - Injection Molding Theory  

MN 242 - Applied Injection Molding  

TE 282 - Manufacturing & Technology Internship  
Priority III Priority IV

EN 101 - English Composition I  

DR 241 - Mold Design Theory  

MN 244 - Advanced Plastics Process  

PH 125 - College Physics I  

EN 102 - English Composition II  

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  

Humanities General Education - Elective  

Social Sciences General Education - Elective  

MN 217 - Hydraulics  

NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult My Degree Path for specific degree requirements.

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