Plastics Engineering Technology

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Undergraduate Degree

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.

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The Plastics Engineering Technology program is located within the renowned Kansas Technology Center (KTC). The KTC houses 70 technical laboratories filled with state-of-the-art equipment. “By doing learn” isn’t just a university value, it’s a daily practice at Pittsburg State. Students get hands-on learning from professors who’ve spent years in the field and have strong ties to industry. This “real-world” experience allows Pittsburg State to offer students the opportunity to gain valuable industry certifications for several types of design software including Solidworks.

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.

Pittsburg State graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in industry, academia and government. Students will have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the materials engineering field. Pittsburg State alumni have enjoyed successful careers with companies and organizations such as Nike, Rubbermaid, Coleman, Textron Aviation, Tyco Electronics, Viega, Chevron/Phillips, and Honeywell

Our graduates are qualified for a number of jobs including:

  • Product design
  • Research & development
  • Mold and/or tool design
  • Project mangement
  • Process development
  • Experimental design and/or manufacturing
  • Many more

The median annual wage for Materials Engineers was $93,310 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Starting average salaries for PSU Plastics graduates currently ranges from $60,000-$65,000.

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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