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Plastics Engineering Technology (BP) Diploma

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

Plastics Technicians are needed for the demands of the rapidly growing plastics forming industry. These demands include the operation of processing equipment and the transforming of polymers (plastics) into usable products.

Plastics personnel perform such operations as compounding materials, molding, forming, troubleshooting, inspecting, testing raw materials and finishing products, assisting in mold design and modification and developing new polymers (plastics) applications. Plastics Technicians acquire an understanding of polymers (plastics) processing equipment and materials.

Award Outcomes

Utilize safe working practices.

Identify steps and procedures in the Injection Molding processes.

Identify steps and procedures in the Extrusion Molding processes.

Perform quality control practices.

Identify steps and procedures in Properties and Tests of Plastics.

Operate various types of plastics manufacturing processes.

Apply principles of Plastics, Chemistry and Ingredients.

Demonstrate good manufacturing practices (GMP).

Demonstrate procedures used for plastics manufacturing processes.

Demonstrate procedures used for plastics manufacturing auxiliary equipment.

Demonstrate Communication in the Workplace.

Demonstrate use of Computers in Manufacturing.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide range of employment as well as advancement opportunities for the individual who seeks a career in the plastics forming industry. Plastics Technicians may find jobs in a variety of diverse areas such as; research and development, manufacturing, design and service. Employment potential lies in the following: supervision, molding technician, material handling, quality control, lab technician, engineering aids and in related areas such as the sale of plastics processing equipment and materials.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 21 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
METS1050Quality Control

3

PLST1008Fundamentals of Plastics/Chemistry/Ingredients

4

PLST1041Introduction to Plastics Molding Processes

3

PLST2007Properties and Tests of Selected Plastics

4

Select from 12 credits of Injection Molding or 7 credits of Extrusion Molding

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
PLST2128Injection Molding Process I

4

PLST2138Injection Molding Process II

4

PLST2143Injection Molding Process III

4

or

PLST2011Extrusion Molding Processes I

3

PLST2017Extrusion Molding Processes II

4

General Education Required 5 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM1050Communication in the Workplace

2

METS1000Computers in Manufacturing

3

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 10 Credits

Any ARET, ELEC, ENGC, FLPW, MACH, METS, PLST or WLDG course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective.

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
FLPW2112Instrumentation of Fluid Power Systems

3

PLST1500Plastics Processes Lab

1 - 3

PLST1900Specialized Lab

1 - 4

PLST2030Systematic Medical Device Protocol

3

PLST2035Medical Micro-bore Extrusion Process

3

PLST2300Plastics Engineering Technology Internship

4

Total Diploma Credits 36

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park Only

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
PLST1008Fundamentals of Plastics/Chemistry/Ingredients

4

PLST1041Introduction to Plastics Molding Processes

3

PLST2007Properties and Tests of Selected Plastics

4

METS1000Computers in Manufacturing

3

METS1050Quality Control

3

Total Credits  17

Second Semester

(Select from 7 Credits of Extrusion Molding or 12 Credits of Injection Molding)

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
PLST2011Extrusion Molding Processes I

3

PLST2017Extrusion Molding Processes II

4

or

PLST2128Injection Molding Process I

4

PLST2138Injection Molding Process II

4

PLST2143Injection Molding Process III

4

 

PLST2300Plastics Engineering Technology Internship

4

Elective

 

COMM1050Communication in the Workplace

2

Technical Studies Electives

6

Total Credits  19

Technical Studies Electives

Any Automation Robotics Engineering Technology (ARET), Electronic Technology (ELEC), Engineering CAD Technology (ENGC), Fluid Power Technology (FLPW), Machine Tool Technology (MACH), Manufacturing Engineering Technology (METS), Plastics Engineering Technology (PLST), or Welding and Metal Fabrication (WLDG) course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective.

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
FLPW2112Instrumentation of Fluid Power Systems

3

PLST1500Plastics Processes Lab

1 - 3

PLST1900Specialized Lab

1 - 4

PLST2030Systematic Medical Device Protocol

3

PLST2035Medical Micro-bore Extrusion Process

3

PLST2300Plastics Engineering Technology Internship

4

Choose a Total of:  10 Credits

Graduation (36 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.


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