The plastics forming industry continues to grow nationally and locally. The Plastics-Polymer Engineering Technology Associate Degree will prepare you to work as a laboratory technician, mold designer, production supervisor, mold technician, and plastics machinery maintenance technician.
An increasing variety of automotive parts, household goods, sports equipment, furniture, toys and machinery parts are formed from plastic. There are many plastics processing plants in Western Michigan that need trained people. These manufacturers, and the Western Michigan Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, have indicated that excellent employment opportunities exist in plastics manufacturing and that trained workers are in short supply.
Since injection molding is the most prevalent of these processes, it will be emphasized in your coursework. You will also learn blow molding, extrusion, thermoforming and many secondary processes.