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PLA 110 - Introduction to Plastics

2 class, 0 lab, 2 credits

This course introduces the plastics processing industry, including thermoplastics and thermosets. Emphasis is placed on the description, classification, and properties of common plastics and processes and current trends in the industry. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the differences between thermoplastics and thermosets and recognize the basics of the different plastic processes. (Offered spring semester. Online only)

PLA 162 - Plastics Manufacturing Processes

2 class, 3 lab, 3 credits

This course covers manufacturing processes including machining, sawing, routing, milling, drilling, taping, turning, thermoforming, molding, extrusion, laminating, reinforcing, expansion, casting, coasting, assembly, and finishing. Emphasis is placed on the process and equipment requirements, special operational concerns, setup, operation, tooling, capability limitations, maintenance, and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to select the correct process for the material required and discuss machine operation, setup, tooling, safety, and scrap recycling. A course fee is required. (Offered spring semester)