Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Plastics Engineering Technology—Vehicle Engineering, BS
What is the study of Plastics Engineering Technology—Vehicle Engineering?
The Plastics Engineering Technology-Vehicle Engineering Technology (PET/VET) program prepares students for productive, professional careers in the plastics and composites industries. The technical curriculum is built upon a firm base of mathematics, physics, chemistry and materials science, and provides extensive coverage of polymeric and composite materials and processing methods. Practical experience and applied research in design, tooling, processing, testing, analysis and production is a crucial part of the curriculum that is provided in the program’s extensive and well-equipped laboratory facilities.
Students can expect to complete the program in four years by carrying 15-16 credits per quarter in a prescribed sequence of courses. The plastics engineering technology degree program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The Vehicle Engineering Technology Option Plastics Engineering Technology (PET/VET) graduate will help to solve the complex problems associated with plastics or composites manufacturing operations. PET/VET graduates work in teams with engineers, scientists and technicians to solve manufacturing related problems. Practical experience and applied research in design, tooling, processing, testing, analysis, and production is a crucial part of the program.
PET/VET programs are less theoretical than engineering programs and are more applications or “hands-on” oriented. There are laboratory components to most PET/VET courses where students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical or application-based problems.
- Process Engineer
- Project Engineer
- R&D Engineer
- Product Development Engineer
- Sales Engineer
- Materials Engineer
Companies that employ Western PET/VET graduates include:
The Boeing Company, Bunzl Extrusion, C&D Aerospace, Mold-Rite, Vaupell Industrial Plastics, Fleck Co. Inc., Allsop, Heath Tecna, Fiberchem, Physio-Control, Trim Systems, Nypro, GE Plastics, and Upchurch Scientific.