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Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology

The plastics and rubber programs at Ferris State University are among the biggest, best, and few within the United States. The Plastics Engineering Technology and the Rubber Engineering Technology four-year degree programs are fed by this common first two-year curriculum which introduces the student to the world of polymer materials. Plastics continues to grow on a yearly basis, and the graduates out of each of the two bachelor degree programs gain immediate status as successful technical leaders.

This innovative two-year curriculum of study provides students with a background in such topics as materials/testing, processing, tooling, product development, and an exploration of the career possibilities within this vast industry. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, using the same type of equipment that is currently used in industry. Most students continue their education past the first two years to receive their BS degree in either Plastics Engineering Technology or Rubber Engineering Technology.

Partnership with Industry

Both the plastics and rubber industries have long shown support for the polymer programs here at Ferris. They have even sponsored the construction of the National Elastomer Center, the building that houses these programs. The National Elastomer Center contains state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and classrooms. Many companies actively support these programs by donating equipment and materials, making on-campus presentations, and sponsoring field trips to their facilities.

Students also serve a paid industry internship. This experience gives the student valuable, firsthand experience before graduation. Some internships occur out-of-state, and some companies even assist with room and board accommodations to attract our students. The internship helps students determine what type of position they want to pursue after graduatoin.

Career Opportunities

After completing the two year program, students are immediately employable within the polymer industry. Or, if they choose, they are prepared to enter the BS degree program in Plastics Engineering Technology or in Rubber Engineering Technology. AAS Degree graduates usually start employment in first-level salaried positions such as manufacturing technician, laboratory technician, or foreman/supervisor. Salaries typically start at approximately $35,000 per year. BS Degree graduates begin at approximately $52,000 to $62,000 per year and can accelerate at a rapid pace in the years that follow.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Engineering Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity, and who have good educational goals and practices. Students with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies grasp initial concepts quickly, but this is not a determining factor in being very successful in the future within the program. The average GPA of first-time students in our technical programs is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20.

Students entering the Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology program must have a high school diploma with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a minimum ACT score of 17. The minimum math ACT requirement is a sub score of 19 or equivalent. It is a benefit to have at least a year of high school chemistry also. If requirements fall short, the University will help to get program coursework up to entrance requirements.

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 and Polymer Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to the Bachelor's degree in Plastics and/or Rubber Engineering Technology. It can also lead to an Associate's degree which would allow the student to gain advanced entry-level employment in the polymer industry. 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

Fundamentals-Public Speaking
English 1
English 2
General Chemistry 1
Fund Organic-Polymer Chemistry
Introductory Physics 1
Cultural Enrichment Elective
Social Awareness Elective
Ferris State Univ Seminar


Survey Plastics-Elastomer Tech
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Intro to Processing
Industrial Internship
Intro to Injection Molding
Plastics Prod Development 1
Plts & Plym Material Slctn 1
Plastics Testing
Intro to Rubber Technology
Electrical Fundamentals
Engr Graphics Comprehensive
Fluid Power With Controls
Manufacturing Processes