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Plastics Engineering Technology Educational Objectives
Revised March 2009


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

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

Plastics Engineering Technology Educational Outcomes
Revised March 2009


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:

a. 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;

b. 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;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;

g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and 

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


Academic Unit: Plastics Engineering Technology
Strategic Planning Document

Mission: To provide plastics graduates for industry who are prepared to use their knowledge and skills of plastic materials, processes and related technology.

Vision Statement: It is the vision of the Plastics ETECH Program to provide the students with a quality education that will prepare them for a successful career in the Plastics industry.

Goal 1: To establish the PSU Plastics ETECH program as a leader in Plastics Engineering Technology education.

  • Objective 1.1 - To provide students with the best and most current knowledge of plastics materials, processes and related technologies.
  • Objectives 1.2 - To seek and establish additional funding for program needs from administration, alumni, and through seminars.
  • Objective 1.3 - To encourage industrial contacts and alumni to share their knowledge with students through guest lectures, lab demos, and planned tours.
  • Objective 1.4 - To continue to strive for 100% job placement.
  • Objective 1.5 - To maintain operational and current laboratories.

Goal 2: To market and promote the Plastics' ETECH program with a continuous recruitment effort and an emphasis on retention.

  • Objective 2.1 - To recruit prospective students using alumni.
  • Objective 2.2 - To market program to high school and community college transfers.
  • Objective 2.3 - To promote mentoring of students.
  • Objective 2.4 - To develop and transfer of program promotional material to prospective students.
  • Objective 2.5 - To promote mentoring of students.
  • Objective 2.6 - To establish an informative web site on the program.           

Goal 3: To increase efforts to acquire external funding, as well as provide state of the art equipment for student use.

  • Objective 3.1 - To increase contact and recruitment of plastics' companies to provide equipment and/or materials as a gift and/or loan.
  • Objective 3.2 - To provide technical seminars for industry on current advances and practices to provide funding for labs and other student needs.
  • Objective 3.3 - To continue the relationships with SPE and SAMPE and their respective chapters in providing scholarships.
  • Objective 3.4 - Solicit donations from alumni though newsletters/ direct contact.

Goal 4: To solicit industrial feedback to ensure that graduates are performing at the optimum work level.

  • Objective 4.1 - To conduct advisory board meetings twice a year and promote additional contact between meeting- get members involved.
  • Objective 4.2 - To maintain records of student feedback from e-mail, phone, and personal visits.
  • Objective 4.3 - To maintain records of Industrial/ employer feedback.
  • Objective 4.4 - To develop additional industry sponsored Research/Projects for students (Capstone Course.)

Goal 5: To maintain ETAC/ABET accreditation.

  • Objective 5.1 - To continuously review PSU plastics program for compliance with ETAC/ABET standards and recommendations.  Access goals and objectives of each course.
  • Objective 5.2 - To review curriculum for currency and relevancy.
  • Objective 5.3 - To conduct Research/industry support projects for interested faculty and students. (Senior Projects)
  • Objective 5.4 - To encourage and seek support for faculty development from university administration and industrial supporters.