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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Begin Date: Summer 2011
End Date: Fall 2017

Begin Date of Enrollment Hold: July 20, 2012

Plastics Engineering Technology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (2PLET)

This major is designed to help graduates prepare for careers as engineering technicians in the plastics industry. Graduates are qualified for positions requiring setting up and operating plastics processing equipment, troubleshooting processing problems, production line management, solids modeling and design, and technical service and support.

To be eligible for entrance to the Plastics Engineering Technology (PLTBD) major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed MATH 081 or MATH 026, AND MATH 082 or MATH 022, AND MATH 083 or MATH 140, and PHYS 250, and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

The curriculum provides training in applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, fundamentals of the chemical and physical properties of plastics materials and their processing characteristics, quality control, solids modeling and engineering design principles, and technical communications. The processing component of the curriculum emphasizes injection molding.

Students will receive extensive hands-on experience in the college's state-of-the-art processing laboratory, learning the fundamental principles of operating equipment currently utilized in the plastics industry, including application of statistical methods and quality control. Students will also be trained in the use of solids modeling and fundamentals of plastic tooling and part design.

Graduates of this program may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree program in Plastics Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Plastics Engineering Technology, a minimum of 70 credits is required.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), EGT 120(3), EGT 121(3), ENGL 015 GWS(3), PLET 050(2)[1], PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PSU 007(1) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100 GWS(3),  MCHT 111(3)[1], PLET 205(3)[1], PLET 222(4)[1] (Sem: 3)
MATH 210 GQ(3), MCHT 213(3)[1],  PLET 206(3)[1], PLET 227(4)[1], PLET 232(3)[1],
PLET 235(2)[1] (Sem: 4)

MATH 081 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 026 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 1)
MATH 082 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 022 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 2)
MATH 083 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 3)

 [1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-05-007

Review Date: 02/22/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06




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