Plastics Engineering Technology Objectives and Outcomes


The Plastics Engineering Technology program in the Allen School of Engineering and Computing at Trine University will become recognized as a leader in plastics product engineering technology field while maintaining a strong emphasis on both theory and technology, coupled with intensive laboratories and professional practice.


In concert with the mission of Trine University and the Allen School of Engineering and Computing, Plastics Engineering Technology will provide an academic environment with an interactive educational climate which produces high quality graduates that are engaged, well-rounded, and technologically experienced.


The stated values of Plastics Engineering Technology in the Allen School of Engineering and Computing strongly support the stated mission of Trine University.  In addition to the University values the Plastics Engineering Technology values are:

  1. Teaching and learning is a shared responsibility between faculty and students.
  2. Enhance student learning through innovative instructional methods.
  3. Provide students with the tools to become life-long learners.
  4. Encourage students to become productive, participating citizens.
  5. Provide an atmosphere where faculty committed to learning, discovery and engagement can be free to develop enhanced methods that transfer knowledge to the students.
  6. Create partnerships within the University, as well as with business and industry, to benefit student learning.
  7. Provide modern laboratories where students can enhance their ability to apply current technology to solve problems.
  8. Pursue excellence in every activity. 

Program Educational Objectives

  1. To produce students who are prepared for careers in the areas associated with the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, and oversight of projects and processes relating to the plastics engineering field.
  2. Foster a desire for personal development to ensure a lifetime of professional advancement, success, and an appreciation for the ethical and social responsibilities of a plastics and process engineer.
  3. Provide students with sufficient general education studies, including liberal arts, to equip them to communicate effectively and to function as a responsible citizen.

Student Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in plastic product design, materials and their selection, manufacturing processes related to polymers, finite element analysis, designing operations and project planning related to the fields where polymers are used. 
  2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in applied mathematics and science.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in computer applications.
  4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in solving open-ended problems requiring multiple areas of knowledge and teamwork.
  5. Students will demonstrate a level of effectiveness expected by employers when they produce written documents, deliver oral presentations, and develop, prepare and interpret visual information.
  6. Students will be exposed to the value of professional societies in their careers.
  7. Students will demonstrate proficiency in managing projects.
  8. Students will have exposure to situations that develop their philosophy and appreciation for human differences.
  9. Students will effectively apply ethics to job-related decisions.
  10. Students will communicate effectively in the workplace.