Polymer Engineering

Gain advanced knowledge of polymer materials and their behaviour, processing techniques, characterisation and responsible design. Learn how they fit into the circular economy.

Subject overview

Polymers remain vital to many industries as they fit a range of purposes, resist corrosion and are relatively inexpensive to manufacture. Our Polymer Engineering courses have a strong focus on the development of commercial products and provide you with both practical and theoretical opportunities to expand your knowledge.

An increasing demand for higher performance materials will ensure that the use of polymers continues to expand. We provide industry relevant courses that focus on problem solving and product development. They include intensive practical components and are intended for industry professionals who want to further develop their specialised technical knowledge.

Our programmes are also supported by Plastics New Zealand (PNZ). This industry association represents plastics companies across the country and is involved in advocacy, education and environmental initiatives. Their involvement means that you will see industry professionals as guest lecturers in our Polymer Engineering courses, allowing you to learn directly from current practitioners, as well as take advantage of networking opportunities.

Where can Polymer Engineering take you?

Graduates can expect to find employment in a number of technical and product development roles throughout the plastics industry. This includes jobs such as fibre composite technician, plastics die setter, plastics engineer, plastics machine operator, plastics process technician and production manager.

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