School of Design and Manufacturing
919 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
The Rubber Technology program at Ferris was started in 1998 based on an urgent need in the rubber industry for technically trained personnel. It is the only Rubber Technology associate degree program in the United States, so many companies are competing for graduates of the program. Approximately one million people across the country work in the rubber industry, making it one of our largest employers.
This innovative program provides students with a background that includes topics such as the mixing and testing of rubber compounds, the processing of rubber compounds into finished products that meet customer requirements, product and mold design, and materials selection and properties. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, using the same type of equipment that is currently used in industry.
Many A.A.S. graduates continue their education at Ferris and receive their B.S. degree in Rubber Engineering Technology in two additional years.