Injection Molding

The Technical Education and Workforce Development Division at

The Plastics Injection Molding Option of the Manufacturing Technology Associate of Applied Science program provides training in the plastics industry with theory and hands on applications. Injection molding machine setters and process technicians set up and tend machines that transform plastic compounds into consumer goods such as toys, containers and auto parts.


Students receive practical instruction applicable to materials, processing and design engineering, and learn to:

  • Install plastic injection molds on the molding machine
  • Make necessary connections of electrical, hydraulic and cooling systems to the mold
  • Ensure that the correct molding specifications are set
  • Cycle the machine and adjust the molding parameters until acceptable parts are produced.


Information on degrees and certificates that may be earned in this program are available on the college website.



Careers in Plastics Injection Molding can bring in anywhere from $27,181 on the low-end of the pay scale to $55,258 for more experienced workers nationally, according to



The program prepares students for jobs in manufacturing settings where they must adhere to safety standards. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends. They can cut, shape, and form plastic materials and pieces. If you are trained in plastics injection molding, you can start out as an injection molding process technician and work your way up to production supervisor or shift supervisor. With further education, you could become a plant injection process engineer.


Southern Union State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Technologies Degrees. Southern Union provides equal educational opportunities and is open and accessible to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender or disability with respect to all of its programs, activities or employment.