2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Plastics Engineering Technology

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

Program Requirements

Plastics Engineering Technology, BS Program Checksheet 


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Plastics Engineering Technology?   

The Ferris Plastics program is one of the largest and most respected undergraduate programs in the United States. The Bachelor Degree 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 third-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 processing, polymer material testing and properties, and product development. Classes emphasize hands-on learning using equipment that is currently used in the industry. An exceptional 80 percent of the entering students receive their degrees.

Partnership with Industry

The plastics industry has long shown support for the polymer programs here at Ferris. They have sponsored the construction of the National Elastomer Center (NEC), 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 internship in the industry for a minimum of ten weeks each, gaining valuable firsthand experience before graduation. Several out-of-state companies pay room and board in addition to salary to attract our interns.  The internship experience 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. Bachelor Degree graduates usually start in engineering positions such as process, product or project engineer, quality control engineer or technical sales representative. Many graduates have attained management positions throughout the plastics industry. Bachelor Degree graduates should make approximately $66,500 per year at graduation and with ten years' experience can make $100,000 per year or more.

More Information

School of Design and Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology Programs
919 Campus Drive, NEC 211
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2640


Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

Required Courses
Credit Hours


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: