MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY A.A.S.
PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY OPTION

This option prepares students for work as mold technician or process technicians in the plastics and polymer conversion industries.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Setup and operate injection molding and/or blow molding equipment.
  • Select the appropriate plastic material and plastic manufacturing processes for various applications.
  • Use quality assurance tools and techniques to improve plastics manufacturing processes.
  • Use knowledge of production tools and equipment; hydraulics and pneumatics; and plastics manufacturing materials, processes and work flow methods, to and evaluate and resolve plastics manufacturing issues.
  • Create professional technical written documents and effectively communicate technical information to appropriate audiences.
  • Demonstrate professional responsibility: work effectively as a member of a project team; meet deadlines; show respect for coworkers; provide stewardship of resources, equipment and facilities.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Mold Technicians, Process Setup Technicians or Engineering Technicians in the plastics manufacturing industry.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Students should consult their advisor and/or the Coordinator for Transfer and Articulation in the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement for information on transfer planning. Early consultation to plan the most appropriate course sequence will optimize transferability.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

MATH 102 competency or equivalent strongly recommended.

This option is designed to prepare students for a career in the evolving plastics manufacturing industry with hands on skills in the materials and processes, and production tools and equipment used in industry. Students will obtain a foundation in mechanical design and manufacturing fundamentals, and learn how to set up and operate injection molding and other equipment, and select the appropriate tooling and processes for plastics manufacturing.

Degree requirements for the Mechanical Technology A.A.S. with Plastics Technology Option program
COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra (or higher) * 3
ENGR 103 Manufacturing Processes and Materials 3
MMT 101 Machine Tools I 3
MMT 141 Fundamentals of Plastics Technology 4
16
SECOND SEMESTER
ENGL 102
OR
ENGL 270
Freshman English II
OR
Technical Writing
3
MATH 114
OR
MATH 104
Technical Math
OR
College Algebra & Trigonometry (or higher) *
3
MMT 241 Plastics Technology: Injection Molding 4
ENGR 228 Solid Modeling 3
ENGR 207 Quality Assurance 3
16
THIRD SEMESTER
CHEM 101
OR
CHEM 103
Elements of General Chemistry
OR
General Chemistry I
4
MMT 221 Tool and Die Design 4
ENGR 230 Fluid Systems Design 3
MMT 242 Plastics Technology: Blow Molding 4
Health or Physical Education 1
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
ENGR 203 Applied Statics and Strength of Materials 3
ELEC Electronics Elective 3
MMT 245 Plastics Technology Capstone 3
ART 103
OR
ART 112
OR
ART 113
Art Elective 3
Behavioral /Social Science Elective 3
15
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 63

* MATH 112, 115 or 115 will not fulfill requirements