Graduates for the Plastics Engineering Technology program 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).
Each Plastics Engineering Technology graduate will be able to demonstrate desired attributes before graduation (related to the ETAC/ABET Criteria 3 a-k). The graduate 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.
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.
Goal 2: To market and promote the Plastics' ETECH program with a continuous recruitment effort and an emphasis on retention.
Goal 3: To increase efforts to acquire external funding, as well as provide state of the art equipment for student use.
Goal 4: To solicit industrial feedback to ensure that graduates are performing at the optimum work level.
Goal 5: To maintain ETAC/ABET accreditation.