Why Choose Plastics Technology?
The Ferris Plastics program is the largest and one of the most respected undergraduate program in the United States. The A.A.S. program was started in 1969 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 processing, material testing and properties, and mold and product design. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, using the same type of equipment that is currently used in industry.
An exceptional 80 percent of our students receive at least their associate degree. Many A.A.S. graduates continue their education at Ferris and receive their B.S. degree in Plastics Engineering Technology in two additional years.
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, 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.
Prepare for a Great Career
After completing the program, students are immediately employable by the plastics industry. There is consistent 100 percent placement of our graduates. A.A.S. graduates usually start in first-level salaried positions such as manufacturing technician, laboratory technician, foreman or supervisor, at salaries of approximately $35,000 per year. B.S. graduates with ten years of experience can make $70,000 per year or more.
Admission to the College of Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20.
Students entering the Plastics Technology program must have a high school diploma with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a minimum ACT score of 17 and a minimum ACT math subscore of 19 or equivalent.
The Plastics Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied 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.
National Elastomer Center
Ferris State University
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Big Rapids, MI 49307-2277