Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2013-2014 Catalog Program: Plastics Engineering Technology, BS Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Plastics Engineering Technology, BS

Department of Engineering Technology, College of Sciences and Technology

135-139 credits

Introduction/What is the Study of Plastics Engineering Technology?

Students enrolled in Western’s Plastics Engineering Technology (PET) program study the structure and characteristics of polymers, manufacturing methods, product design fundamentals, and modern processing methods for composites and polymeric materials. The PET curriculum prepares graduates who understand and apply established scientific and engineering knowledge to support engineering activities in manufacturing environments. A plastics engineering technologist can be involved in the development, design analysis, planning, supervision or construction of the methods and equipment for the production of industrial or consumer goods in the plastics or composites industry. The Plastics Engineering Technology (PET) graduate will help to solve the complex problems associated with plastics or composites manufacturing operations. PET graduates work in teams with engineers, scientists and technicians to solve manufacturing related problems. Practical experience and applied research in design, tooling, processing, testing, analysis, and production is a crucial part of the program.

The Plastics Engineering Technology (PET) program prepares students for productive, professional careers in the plastics and composites industries. The technical curriculum is built upon a firm base of mathematics, physics, chemistry and materials science, and provides extensive coverage of polymeric and composite materials and processing methods. Practical experience and applied research in design, tooling, processing, testing, analysis and production is a crucial part of the curriculum that is provided in the program’s extensive and well-equipped laboratory facilities.

Students can expect to complete the program in four years by carrying 15-16 credits per quarter in a prescribed sequence of courses.

Why Consider a Plastics Engineering Technology Major? 

PET programs are less theoretical than engineering programs and are more applications or “hands-on” oriented. There are laboratory components to most PET courses where students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical or application-based problems.

The Plastics Engineering Technology degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Jeff Newcomer
Engineering Technology 209

PET Program Advisor
Nicole Hoekstra
Engineering Technology 204

Engineering Technology Advising
Engineering Technology 204

 Sample Careers

Process Engineer | Project Engineer | R&D Engineer | Product Development Engineer | Sales Engineer | Materials Engineer

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Meet with a Department of Engineering Technology advisor to declare a Plastics Engineering Technology major. Admission to the Plastics Engineering Technology major is a two-phase process. When students initially declare, they are designated as pre-majors. Admission to full major status is determined by academic performance as a pre-major. See the department’s website for details,

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


Plastics Core: 77-81 credits

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
 ETEC 112 - Introduction to Engineering, Design and Graphics
 ETEC 113 - Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
 ETEC 220 - Introduction to Engineering Materials
 ETEC 224 - Applied Engineering Statics
 ETEC 225 - Strength of Materials
 ETEC 246 - Manufacturing Processes I
 ETEC 322 - Numerical Control Operations
 ETEC 333 - Polymer Technology
 ETEC 334 - Reinforced Plastics/Composites
 ETEC 335 - Tooling for Plastics Processing
 ETEC 338 - Injection Molding
 ETEC 344 - Industrial Quality Assurance
 ETEC 351 - Electronics for Engineering Technology I
 ETEC 432 - Plastics Senior Project - Implementation
 ETEC 433 - Engineering Polymers
 ETEC 434 - Advanced Composites
 ETEC 436 - Polymer Compounding
 ETEC 444 - Data Analysis and Design of Experiments

❑ Technical electives approved by major advisor (2 courses (6-10 credits))

Supporting Courses: 53 credits

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
 CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
 CHEM 251 - Elementary Organic Chemistry
 CHEM 308 - Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
 ETEC 341 - Engineering and Society
 ETEC 430 - Plastics Senior Project - Definition
 OPS 461 - Project Management

❑ One course from:

       MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
       MATH 134 - Calculus I Honors

❑ One course from:

       MATH 125 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
       MATH 135 - Calculus II Honors

❑ One course from:

       MATH 245 - Statistics for Engineering Technology
       MATH 240 - Introduction to Statistics
 PHYS 161 - Physics with Calculus I
 PHYS 162 - Physics with Calculus II
 PHYS 163 - Physics with Calculus III

❑ One course from:

       COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Speech
       COMM 235 - Exposition and Argumentation

❑ One course from:

       CSCI 140 - Programming Fundamentals in C++
       CSCI 141 - Computer Programming I

University Graduation Requirements

General University Requirements (GURS) 
Writing Proficiency Requirement (WP)
180 Minimum Total Credits
60 Minimum Upper Division Credits
Residency Requirement
Minimum Grade Requirements
Final Quarter Requirement