Plastics Engineering Technology

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Your computer, the phone in your pocket, even the toothbrush you use each morning aren’t possible without plastics and polymers. Plastics and polymers literally shape the world around us and Plastics Engineering graduates determine what that shape will be. Pittsburg State’s Plastics Engineering Technology program provides students with detailed technical knowledge and the ability to hone their skills on state-of-the-art equipment. This blend of academics and real-world problem solving is the reason why Pittsburg State Plastic Engineering graduates enjoy a 100 percent placement rate after graduation.

Plastics Engineering Technology emphasizes detailed technical knowledge as well as real world application. Plastics is a rapidly expanding field, both as a science and an industry, our curriculum keeps pace with changes and anticipated industrial needs. The Plastics Engineering Technology program at Pittsburg State University has a four-year curriculum which culminates in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology.
The Plastics Engineering Technology program is fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Plastics Engineering Technology program is a key component of the university’s Polymer Chemistry Initiative. Through this initiative students will be exposed to advanced foundation Polymer Chemistry courses, theory and application of plastic design, and the research-based opportunities of the university’s Kansas Polymer Research Center. The end result is a well-rounded educational experience that provides students with the knowledge, skills and contacts they need to become successful after graduation.

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Right for you?

Successful students in plastics have the following qualities:
  • an interest in how things work and designing or making items
  • a good work ethic
  • good mechanical aptitude
  • computer applications
  • competence in academic subjects such as mathematics
  • chemistry
  • speech
  • English
  • the willingness to learn technical subjects


Plastics Engineering Technology Program graduates at Pittsburg State University will have the ability to:

  1. Support and manage plastic manufacturing operations including product development, plastics processing, project management, equipment selection, tooling selection.
  2. Work effectively in diverse teams and as individuals.
  3. Use appropriate scientific/mathematical and computational skills necessary for plastics applications.
  4. Use oral, graphical, and written communication skills to present and exchange information effectively, and to direct plastics processing operations.
  5. Think critically and identify, evaluate and solve complex technical and non-technical problems.
  6. Understand and apply professional, ethical, quality, and safety standards of excellence consistent with the plastics industry (SPE Code of Ethics).


Plastics Engineering Technology Program graduates will be able to demonstrate desired attributes before graduation (related to the ETAC/ABET Criteria 3 a-k). Graduates will have:

  • an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities common to the plastics industry;
  • an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  • an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  • an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  • an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  • a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and 
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Job Placement
The Plastics Engineering Technology program provides remarkable career opportunities for its graduates with 100% placement.

Starting Salaries
The estimated average starting salary range is $60,000-$65,000 annually.

Future Outlook
With an excellent reputation of its Plastics Engineering Technology program, PSU continues to successfully place quality graduates in companies producing plastic products.

Employment Job Titles 
Production Manager
Project Engineer
Assistant Mechanical Specialist
Process Technician
Area Coordinator
Research and Development Engineer
Fabrication Technician
Manufacturing Engineer
Plastics Engineer
Engineering Technician
New Product Development Project Manager
Manufacturing Technician
Tool Design Engineer
Sales Representative
Design Engineer

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About Engineering Technology Department

The Department of Engineering Technology is housed in the Kansas Technology Center on the Pittsburg State University  campus. Engineering Technology Programs are comprised of elements of the technological spectrum requiring scientific and engineering knowledge plus the operational methods and skills devoted to achieving practical purpose in support of product producing industries.

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The phone number for the Engineering Technology Office is 620-235-4350

Physical Address: 
W215 Kansas Technology Center
909 East Ford
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Mailing Address:
c/o Engineering Technology
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7565

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