Learning Outcomes & Educational Objectives

Educational Objectives

The primary objective of the Plastics Engineering Program is to provide a well-rounded basic level engineering education that prepares our graduates to be readily employable professionals in a lifetime career of Plastics Engineering.

The curriculum provides a sound foundation in basic sciences, engineering disciplines and communication skills along with a detailed study, including a laboratory experience, of plastics materials, properties, processing and design. The curriculum aims to foster professionalism, ethics and safety.

The department maintains the highest standard of academic excellence in plastics engineering, and maintains a caring environment for students of diverse backgrounds. The Plastics Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOX) listed below allow graduates to secure and develop the following post-graduation skills:

  1. PEO1 Graduates are expected to position themselves as readily employable professionals within all fields of plastics engineering, from plastic (polymer) synthesis, material characterization, product design, mold design, die design, troubleshooting and technical service in the field of plastics engineering.
  2. PEO2 Graduates are expected to position themselves as project/team leaders, with developing skills to advance within management levels in the commercial plastics industry.
  3. PEO3 Given the program’s deep outreach measures to alumni within the Plastics Engineering Community, our graduates are expected to maintain contact with the Plastics Engineering Program and that they continue to report and advise on the educational requirements within the field of plastics engineering.
  4. PEO4 Graduates are expected to become team leaders within the global plastics engineering community and to be able to lead and respond to global changes in the field of plastics engineering.
  5. PEO5 Graduates are expected to be well-positioned to consider their need for advanced degrees in the field of plastics engineering, other engineering disciplines, marketing, business administration, medical and intellectual property law.
  6. PEO6 Graduates are expected to adapt to emerging issues in plastics engineering, related to globalization of the plastics industry, environmental concerns and the importance of developing sustainable and reusable resources.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The ability to critically design, perform and analyze experiments related to plastics processing and testing of plastics materials or products.
  3. 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.
  4. The ability to use computers in engineering practice, including spreadsheets, graphing programs, and computer aided design or analysis software. 
  5. The ability to communicate technical information. This includes oral and written reports and an ability to communicate with multi-disciplinary team members.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.