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Plastics Engineering Technology

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Plastics Engineering Technology?

The Ferris Plastics program is the largest and one of the most respected undergraduate program in the United States. The B.S. program was started in 1982 and continues to fill a great need in the growing plastics industry for technically trained personnel. About 1.3 million people across the country work in plastics, making it our fourth largest industry. Ferris graduates gain immediate status as recognized technical leaders.

This innovative program provides students with a background that includes topics such as plastics process, material testing and properties, and product development. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, using the same type of equipment that is currently used in industry. An exceptional 80 percent of the entering students receive their degree.

Partnership with Industry

The plastics industry has long shown support for the Ferris Plastics Technology program, even sponsoring the construction of the Plastics Building, which in 1998 was expanded into the National Elastomer Center with state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms. Many companies actively support us by donating equipment and materials, making on-campus presentations and sponsoring field trips to their facilities.

Students also serve a paid internship in industry for a minimum of ten weeks each, gaining valuable firsthand experience before graduation. Some out-of-state companies even pay room and board in addition to salary to attract our interns. The internship helps students decide what type of position they would most enjoy after graduation.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Plastics Engineering Technology program, students are immediately employable by the plastics industry. There is consistent virtually 100 percent placement of our graduates. B.S. graduates usually start in engineering positions such as process, product or project engineer, quality control engineer or technical sales representative. Many of our graduates have attained management positions throughout the plastics industry. B.S. graduates should make approximately $55,000 per year at graduation and with ten years' experience can make $80,000 per year or more.

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Plastics Engineering Technology program must have completed the Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology program at Ferris or an equivalent A.A.S. program at another institution. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.  

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The Plastics Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

National Elastomer Center
College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
919 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2277
Phone: 231-591-2640

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

Advanced Technical Writing
Cultural Enrichment Elective
Social Awareness Elective


Introduction to Robotics
PLTS Engineering Mgmt Systems
PLTS Product-Tool Design 2
Plastics and Elastic Materials
Advanced Injection Molding
Industrial Internship 2
PLTS Cost-Package-Econ Issues
Plastics Decorating-Assembly
Capstone Project-PLTS Seminar
Statics-Strength of Materials
Technical Related Electives

MFGE Directed Electives 9 Credits
Consult with Advisor

PLTS Major Elective 2 Credits
Consult with Advisor

Business Directed Elective

Consult Advisor
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree including completion of an A.A.S. degree/ course work: