Polymer/Plastics Engineering Major

A Polymer/Plastics Engineering major/degree is a program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of synthesized macromolecular compounds and their application to specific engineering uses, including the development of industrial materials with tailored properties, the design of lightweight structural components, the use of liquid or solid polymers, and the analysis and control of polymerization processes.

Includes instruction in math and science, including polymer chemistry, physics, and calculus.  Core program courses likely include thermodynamics, statics and material strength, polymer properties, polymer analysis, and polymer production and technology.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Polymer/Plastics Engineering major/degree (use the College Search feature and enter "polymer engineering” or “plastics engineering” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Polymer/Plastics Engineering?

With a major/degree in Polymer/Plastics Engineering you likely will have a career that is more production-based than scientific.  As an engineer, technician, or technologist, some of your job responsibilities may include studying plastics and other polymers at the molecular level and then selecting polymers for testing, processing, or new applications.  be engineer, you will likely be involved in such things as determining the best location for drilling new wells, operating oil and gas facilities, and monitoring and forecasting reservoir performance.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Polymer/Plastics Engineering

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Polymer/Plastics Engineering