Manufacturing Technology—Plastics

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 Standards1 for PT


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

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.

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.

Year 1
PLT 220Statistical Process Control 13
PLT 221Master Molder I 13
PLT 222Master Molder II 12
PLT 225Measurement Techniques And Blueprint Reading 13
PLT 226Polymeric Materials Design And Application 13
PLT 223Mold Design 13
PLT 224Principles Of Supervision 13
PLT 227Hydraulics And Pneumatics 13
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Year 2
ENG 102English Composition II 3
General Elective 2 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
MGT 210Principles Of Management 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Humanities Elective 3 3
Lab Science Elective 4 8
Social Science Elective 5 3
General Elective 2 3
 Total Credits: 64-66

Courses not limited to Nypro employees.


General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.


Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE


Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
CHE 107 General Chemistry I recommended


Social Science Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC

 Health Electives

BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

See the manufacturing technology general information for program competencies and technical standards.


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, please click here.

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

Please click here for career options.

Earning potential

$24,347 to $34,517 as listed by


PLT 220. Statistical Process Control. 3 Credits.

Students will learn the use of statistical methods and SPC to improve quality and productivity through measurements, control, and reduction of process variation. Topics covered include: basic statistics, the normal distribution; control charting; process capability studies; gauge and measurement analysis. Simple metrology concepts and the basics of geometric dimensioning and tolerance are also covered.

PLT 221. Master Molder I. 3 Credits.

The reciprocating screw injection molding machine, the components of injection molding machines, the molding cycle, melting and flow theory including gate seal-off, basic troubleshooting, and process effects are examined. Students will have hands-on laboratory experience and will be responsible for a class presentation.

PLT 222. Master Molder II. 2 Credits.

This course covers the concepts of electrical troubleshooting of injection molding machines and associated equipment. Familiarization with basic electricity symbols, blueprint reading, meters used for troubleshooting, conventional and solid ladder diagrams, schematics, and troubleshooting is stressed. Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) are examined.

PLT 223. Mold Design. 3 Credits.

This course examines the interrelation of plastics materials processing, product design, and function. Mold design and construction, fundamental principles of cavity design, material feed systems, ejection systems, parting surfaces, mold actions, cavity and core steel selections, three-plate, insulated runner, and hot runner molds are discussed.

PLT 224. Principles Of Supervision. 3 Credits.

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the supervisor and to strengthen values and skills related to key supervisory functions. The principles and topics addressed include problem solving, decision making, leadership, management ethics, and communication. This course is recommended for experienced and new supervisors and those aspiring to supervisory positions.

PLT 225. Measurement Techniques And Blueprint Reading. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the basic concepts of blueprint reading and discusses types of lines, angles, and views of a drawing. Students also learn about dimensioning circles, arcs, holes, and threads. Emphasis is on understanding how to interpret a blueprint, time permitting, and students will learn how to draw a blueprint.

PLT 226. Polymeric Materials Design And Application. 3 Credits.

This course provides extensive coverage of polymeric materials, plastic design, and text methodology. Material properties, characteristics, and applications are presented for injection and molded thermoplastic resins. A discussion of polymer blends and compounds using fillers, additives, and reinforcing fibers are included. Property identification and the associated test procedures are reviewed with hands-on testing provided for the major properties. In addition, plastics product design techniques and applications are discussed to complement the discussion of materials.

PLT 227. Hydraulics And Pneumatics. 3 Credits.

This course provides a theoretical and practical study of hydraulics and pneumatics, the modern means of power transmission. This course surveys component design and function with emphasis on problem definitions and solutions. Following an introduction to hydraulics and pneumatics, students will be exposed to valves, pumps, circuits, and hydraulic system troubleshooting.