Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

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

Academic Program Code:  935

An increasing variety of automotive parts, household goods, sports equipment, furniture, toys, and machinery parts are formed from plastic, and the plastics forming industry continues to grow nationally and locally. 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. 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. 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 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


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)

Program Elective Courses

Select one (1) of the following courses.

Total Credit Hours


Program Notes

If upon completion of the program, students would like to continue their education by transferring to a 4-year institution, they should consult the 4-year institution to identify specific courses that will transfer. It is also strongly suggested that students work with a faculty advisor in the Manufacturing department for course selection.  Some colleges require EN 101  and EN 102  for a bachelor’s degree.