This program is designed to prepare the graduate for a professional career in the polymer industries of which plastics is the largest. Other segments include rubber, coatings and adhesives. The Plastics Engineering B.S. Program has been designed to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive level of engineering education, with a curriculum offering a solid foundation in the basic sciences, engineering fundamentals, plastics materials science, processing, mold design, die design, product design testing and characterization. In addition, the program has emphasized interaction and communication skills and laboratory experiences related to plastics materials, properties, processing and design. The program also puts special emphasis on engineering ethics and safety. A list of program outcomes that have been established for the Plastics Engineering program appears below. As a result of such a multi-faceted emphasis students are expected to possess the following skills at graduation:
- The ability to apply principles of engineering, math, physics, and chemistry to the solution of problems related to; plastics engineering, plastics materials, plastics manufacturing, plastics/polymer analytical characterization, plastics machine design/optimization, plastics mold design/optimization, die design and product design.
- The ability to critically design, perform and analyze experiments related to plastics processing and testing of plastics materials or products.
- The ability to design, select materials, and manufacture a given plastics product, or the ability to design and modify manufacturing systems and parameters to meet specified requirements.
- The ability to use computers in engineering practice, including spreadsheets, graphing programs, and computer aided design or analysis software.
- The ability to communicate technical information. This includes oral and written reports and an ability to communicate with multi-disciplinary team members.
- The ability to understand and appreciate the impact of changes in engineering profession via exposure and interaction with professional societies and the need for continuing and on-going education in the field of plastics engineering.
- The ability to understand and appreciate the responsibility of the engineering profesions via exposure and interaction with professional societies and the need for continuing and on-going education in the field of plastics engineering.
- Plastics Engineering graduates shall satisfy the outcome requirements of ABET* Criterion 3.
* The Plastics Engineering graduates shall meet the outcome requirements of mandated ABET Criterion 3 as follows:
- Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of math, science and engineering.
- Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
- Demonstrate the ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
- Demonstrate the ability to function in multidisciplinary teams.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
- Demonstrate the understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
- Demonstrate understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
- Develop a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- Demonstrate the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for modern engineering practice.