Plastics Engineering Technology

Plastics Engineering Technology

Why Would You Select Plastics or Rubber as Your Major?

"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," said Robert Speirs, Coordinator of Plastics, Rubber and CAD at Ferris State University. "The Plastics and Rubber industry supports the graduates from the Plastics and Rubber programs at Ferris because they have seen them enter the field with skills to allow them to not only succeed but improve the industry.

  • Virtually 100% industry placement upon graduation
  • High starting salaries
  • 3rd largest manufacturing industry in the US (per contribution to GDP)
  • Broad career choices within the industries
  • Industrially experienced/trained faculty
Unique Laddered Programs

Unique “Laddered” Programs

The Plastics and Rubber programs at Ferris State University offer a unique experience. All students enter a common program for the first two years. During these first two years student are exposed to plastics materials, rubber materials, and fabrication processes for both rubber and plastics. Once the AAS graduation requirements are met, students can declare either Rubber Engineering Technology or Plastics Engineering Technology as their Bachelor of Science degree program.

One of the Largest Undergraduate Plastics Programs in the United States

One of the Largest Undergraduate Plastics Programs in the U.S.

The Ferris State University “Plastics” Program offers an A.A.S. degree in Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science degrees in Plastics Engineering Technology or Rubber Engineering Technology. Alumni of the program are employed in a variety of positions which include process engineering, product design/development, tool/mold design, polymer materials development, and a wide variety of program management positions.

Graduates are among the University's most heavily recruited as Ferris State has Michigan's only B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology and one of a few throughout the United States. Visit the links in the left menu for more information on the Plastics Program or the video links at the bottom of this page.

The Rubber Engineering Technology Program is a Unique Undergraduate Program in the United States

In the Rubber program, students study polymer science, rubber compound design and compounding, and processing. The Ferris State University Rubber Program is an option after students successfully earn an A.A.S. degree in Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology. Alumni of the “Rubber” program work in a variety of positions which include compound development (chemist), product design/development, and process engineering. Like the “Plastics” program, “Rubber” graduates are among the University's most heavily recruited as Ferris offers one of the few B.S. degrees in Rubber Engineering Technology in the world. Visit the links in the left menu or the video links at the bottom of this page for more information on the Rubber program.

Out of State and Canadian Students Welcomed

Out of state and Canadian students enjoy in-state tuition rates. Ferris State tuition is lower or equivalent to most Midwest State institutions. This opportunity affords students interested in the plastics and rubber industry a unique opportunity to earn practical education with reduced college debt.

Graduates Enjoy Another Successful Year

This years’ graduates were very successful in obtaining employment at graduation. They enjoyed strong salaries with an average of $65,500 per year plus generous benefits and signing bonuses.

Alumni accepted positions at many well-known U.S. corporations including:

  • Nike
  • General Motors
  • Celanese
  • Faurecia
  • YanFeng Automotive

Alumni accepted positions at several local companies including:

  • ADAC Automotive
  • Stone Plastics
  • Royal Technologies
  • CS Manufacturing
  • Creative Techniques, Inc
  • Polyflex, Inc.

New Students (FTIAC – First Time In Any College) Entrance Requirements

  • Meet University admission standards
  • Meet CET admission standards - ACT Composite 18 or SAT 16 Total 990
  • Math 120 Placement - ACT Math 24 or SAT 16 MATH 560
  • English 150 Placement - ACT ENGL 14 or SAT 16 WRIT 450

To be Eligible for the Plastics or Rubber Engineering Technology Programs, the Following Requirements Must be Met:

  • Earned Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Plastics Technology and satisfy all the requirements for the Plastics and Polymers Engineering Technology degree at Ferris State University.
  • A minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) overall
Enrollment Growth and Control

Enrollment Growth and Control

In 2016 the program’s freshmen (and transfer) enrollment was limited to 50 students. In the Ferris State University tradition, all eligible students are accepted in the order in which they applied. All new students are encouraged to apply by the end of January of their entering year. Many who have applied in March or April were prevented from enrolling in major classes for one year due to limited space.

Faculty Retires

Professor Matt Yang retired in December 2018 after a 20-year career as a Rubber faculty. Professor Yang was a principle contributor in developing the Rubber program, bringing over 25 years of rubber compound experience to the University. He was instrumental in strengthening the polymer science and materials course in the program. His contribution is greatly appreciated and his presence will be missed.

New Faculty Hired

Professor Tom Van Pernis (FSU PLTE 2008, MBA 2014) joined the faculty after a 7-year career in the injection molding industry and a 2-year assignment as an instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Engineering Technology program. The faculty are excited to have Tom on board.

Plastics Program Informational Videos

Ferris Plastics interns, graduates and industry professionals explain what job opportunities a Ferris State Plastics student will have upon graduating from the Plastics Program. This video was produced by Ferris State University's Media Production.

Ferris Plastics interns, graduates and industry professionals, explain what an education in the Plastics Program can do for your career. Video was produced by Ferris State University's Media Production.

Ferris Plastics interns, graduates and industry professionals, explain what an education in the Plastics Program can do for your career. Video was produced by Ferris State University's Media Production.

Ferris Plastics interns, graduates and industry professionals, explain what an advantage a Ferris State Plastics education gives a student. Video was produced by Ferris State University's Media Production.