The Ferris State University Plastics Program offers both an A.A.S. degree in Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science degrees in either Plastics Engineering Technology or Rubber Engineering Technology. Graduates work in areas ranging from processing to product design, tool design, materials science, and program management. Plastics & Rubber graduates are among the University's most heavily recruited as Ferris has Michigan's only B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology and the nations' only Rubber Engineering Technology degree. Visit the links in the left menu for more information on the Plastics Program.
During the 2013/2014 school year over 175 "engineer wanted" postings were received by the plastics and rubber program (with only 23 B.S. graduates available). This demand is demonstrated by a rapid placement which found many May graduates committing to professional positions in December and January.
Additional support for our superior placement can be found when the summer internship placement is reviewed. During the summer of 2014 the department has over 75 interns placed. 90% for these students are in Michigan.
Graduates enjoyed another strong year of placement. The class of 2013/14 all had accepted positions prior to graduation on May 10. We are pleased to announce salaries averaged over $58,000 per year, plus generous benefit packages. Also, many of these positions have a structured bonus system which ranged from 8% to 20% of the base salaries.
The major employers included:
Hoosier Racing Tire
BIG RAPIDS – Since 2010, Ferris State University's Plastics and Rubber engineering technology programs continue to experience student enrollment growth.
From 2012 to 2013, the enrollment total nearly doubled to 70 at the start of the Fall 2013 semester, said Robert Speirs, professor and program coordinator for the Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology programs. Speirs added that enrollment numbers grew steadily from 28 students in 2010; to 34 in 2011; and 38 in 2012.
"These positive enrollment numbers reflect the hard work of our faculty and administrative staff. The Plastics and Rubber engineering technology programs recruit and retain high-caliber students pursuing a Ferris degree," Speirs said. "As we look toward the future, we will continue to work collaboratively to introduce as many people as we can to the wonderful career opportunities that are available to them with a degree from Ferris."
Speirs pointed to several potential factors for the steady enrollment growth. The Ferris programs partnered with the Society of Plastics Engineers' "Plastivan," an educational outreach program noted for its visits to Michigan schools to create awareness of polymers. Additionally, the programs have several faculty members who host career days on the Ferris campus each semester. These events typically welcome 100 to 200 high school students each semester who learn more about the program and career opportunities with a degree from Ferris.
"Graduates from the Plastics and Rubber programs enter the field as process engineers, project engineers, and design engineers, manufacturing supervisors or managers," Speirs said. "Many graduates are promoted to middle-or top-level managers within a few years."
Ferris' Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering Technology degree is the only one of its kind in the Great Lakes region, and one of just five in the U.S. The Rubber Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science degree is the only one of its kind in the world. The internship opportunities for students pursuing these degrees reinforce the university's "hands-on" education approach demonstrated in these two Ferris programs.
"Graduates of these programs enjoy a wealth of respect from the industry and can expect the 100-percent employment placement to continue well into the future," Speirs said. "The Plastics and Rubber industry supports the graduates from the Plastics and Rubber programs at Ferris State University because they have seen them enter the field with skills to allow them to not only succeed but improve the industry."
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