Manufacturing Technology—Plastics Degree (PT)

Current industry trends indicate that the rapidly growing plastics industry will continue to expand well into the 21st century. Customers’ expectations and product design complexities are challenging today’s limited number of experienced process technicians and engineers. Many plastics companies are seeking to hire experienced production employees but cannot find enough experienced people to meet market demand. Furthermore, few colleges worldwide offer plastics programs. This program is a cooperative venture among Nypro, Inc., Fitchburg State University, and MWCC. Students first complete a set of core technical courses at Nypro, Inc.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
PLT220 Statistical Process Control

3

    Courses not limited to Nypro employees.
PLT221 Injection Molding

3

   
PLT222 Electrical Maintenance

3

   
PLT225 Measurement Techniques and

Blueprint Reading

3

   
PLT226 Polymeric Materials Design and

Application

3

   
PLT223 Mold Design

3

   
PLT224 Principles of Supervision

3

   
PLT227 Hydraulics and Pneumatics

3

   
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

    MAT096 or placement
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
SPC113 Speech

3

    ENG101
MGT210 Principles of Management

3

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
  Health Elective

 

2/3

    Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Humanities Elective

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
  Lab Science Elective

4

    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

Note: CHE107 recommended

  Lab Science Elective

4

    Note: See above Lab Science Electives
  Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC
  General Elective

3

    Note: See above General Electives
                                               Total: 64/65 credits

Campus/format: All technical courses (PT) are offered evenings only at the Nypro Institute of Technology.

Helpful hints: Information for the technical courses (PT), must be obtained from Nypro, Inc. of Clinton MA 978-365-8411.

Transfer options: MWCC accepts Nypro courses as transfer credit. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Students enrolled in this program must adhere to the 30-credit MWCC residency requirement. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Design, development, testing, troubleshooting, and production in electronics, health care, automotive, and telecommunications industries.

Earning potential: $24,347 to $34,517 as listed by salary.com.

Program Competencies for PT

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Communicate technical information in written and oral form.
  • Participate as a contributing member of a small work team as well as the larger factory team—including problem solving.
  • Solve practical production mathematical problems requiring basic skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
  • Communicate in the graphic language of engineering by interpreting technical blueprints used in industry and preparing two- and three-dimensional technical sketches.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of the basic sciences that underlie the machines used in manufacturing.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of the many manufacturing processes used in industry to manufacture products.
  • Understand and apply computer skills in the manufacturing environment.
  • Understand and apply modern operations principles to manufacturing operations, including total quality management, statistical process control, and continuous quality improvement and just-in-time.
  • Use a current personal computer workstation for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, email, www searching, and simple drawing, including integration into a single coherent document (report).

Technical Standards* for PT

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for two hours.
  • Manipulate small parts, and make fine hand adjustments to machines and test equipment.
  • Use appropriate tools found in the manufacturing environment.
  • Work indoors in the presence of low, repetitious noise levels (not to exceed regulatory standards).
  • Work indoors in a non-air-conditioned environment with exposure to oil vapors.
  • Visualize in two and three dimensions.
  • Lift 40 pounds.
  • Learn to operate a computer.