Plastics & Composites Engineering

Plastics Students collaborating

At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

Total Credits

150

Accreditation

ABET accredited

Links

Catalog

Admissions

Contacts

Pre-major Advisor

Lisa Ochs

Program Director

Nicole Larson

Program Overview

Western's Engineering and Design department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics and Composites Engineering. This 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 in design, materials, processing, economics, testing, and analysis is a crucial part of the hands-on curriculum that is provided in the program's extensive and well-equipped laboratory facilities. The Plastics & Composites Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Accreditation and enrollment numbers are available on our Assessment and Accreditation page.  

 

Through these experiences, students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical, application-based problems in industry. Our curriculum is designed through close collaboration with a committee of industry experts, preparing our graduates to be professionally competitive upon graduation. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work on industry projects with faculty during their coursework, and most students choose to partner with a company for their year-long senior project.

Discarded plastic from the ocean

PCE faculty and students are working on growing a circular economy out of plastic from our oceans.  

 

Windows Magazine Winter 2021

Elayna

Elayna Simmons

The PCE major is a fantastic program with so many ways to learn hands-on and make connections in a real world area of expertise. Challenge yourself to learn about the beauty -- and drawbacks -- of plastics and composites. There's much more than meets the eye or what you see in media.

Plastics & Composites Engineering, Class of 2018

Recycling Department Manager/Engineer
Achillies, USA

What is the Plastics & Composites Engineering program all about?  Watch this video to find out. 

Anna

Anna Novack

The PCE program has classes tailored towards aerospace companies like Boeing. Many classes like Intro to CAD, Advanced Composites, and Quality Assurance utilize software that companies use. The program also structures it’s courses heavily around teamwork, which prepares you for the large amount of team-based projects in industry. 

Plastics & Composites Engineering, Class of 2021

Manufacturing Engineer
Boeing

Material Science Minor

Learn about WWU's Advanced Materials Science & Engineering Center, an interdisciplinary center that promotes collaborative research for students, industry, and faculty.  AMSEC offers a minor in material science that can be a benefit for PCE students.