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

Articulation Agreement

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

Academic Program Code:  797


Students in this program will receive an A.A.A.S in Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology and be prepared to transfer to Ferris State University to complete a BS degree in Manufacturing 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.

Important Program Note:

This GRCC Academic Program and the Articulation Agreement are currently under review.

General Transfer Notes

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The courses transfer and satisfy requirements at Ferris State University. 

Students should contact Ferris State University to obtain additional detailed information about transfer requirements. Ferris State University ultimately makes the decisions about how each course will be used to meet the bachelor’s degree requirements. Students should also review the specific admission requirements for Ferris State University and this Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.

GRCC advisors and faculty are available to help students navigate transfer resources and create an individualized transfer plan, including selection of elective courses, which meets all GRCC and Ferris State University requirements.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 17 credit hours of coursework from the General Education course list. Select coursework as directed below.  Use transfer resources available and advising to select coursework based on Ferris State University requirements. 

English Composition and Communications


Social Sciences

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Students must select a minimum of five (5) credit hours from the following courses.

Select [MA 108 and MA 110] OR MA 131 OR MA 133

General Education Total Credit Hours

17 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours


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

EN 101 - English Composition I 

General Education Elective - Mathematics

EG 110 - Industrial Graphics with CAD  

MN 219 - Survey of Polymer Technology  

MN 220 - Basic Plastics Processing  

EN 102 - English Composition II  

General Education Elective - Mathematics

MN 165 - Plastics Testing  

MN 223 - Injection Molding Theory  

MN 242 - Applied Injection Molding  

Priority III Priority IV

General Education Course

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  

DR 241 - Mold Design Theory  

MN 119 - Introductory Machine Operations  

MN 244 - Advanced Plastics Process  

PH 125 - College Physics I  

General Education Course

Program Course - DR Elective

MN 217 - Hydraulics  

TE 114 - Material Science  

* You may take MA 131 or MA 133 instead of MA 110 and MA 108

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 Academic Progress for specific degree requirements.