2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology (PPET-AAS-TE), A.A.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology provides a practical approach to understanding materials testing, processing, tooling, and product development. Our classes prioritize hands-on learning, ensuring students gain valuable experience with industry-standard equipment. Many graduates choose to extend their education beyond the initial two years, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in either Plastics Engineering Technology or Rubber Engineering Technology.

Upon completion of the applied science associate program, students are well-prepared to enter the polymer industry immediately. The degree opens doors to entry-level salaried positions, including roles such as manufacturing technician, laboratory technician, or foreman/supervisor. With this foundation, our graduates find themselves readily employable in diverse sectors of the polymer industry.

Program Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to polymer and/plastics engineering technology.
  2. An ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the polymer and/or plastics industry.
  3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.75 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) (2.50 -2.74 with college approval)
  • Minimum Composite Score of ACT 18/SAT 950, Math Score of ACT 24/SAT 580
  • Placement into MATH 120 
  • Completed High School Chemistry

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Placement into MATH 120 
  • Placement into ENGL 150 

University Requirements - 31 to 32 Credits Required

First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - 0 to 1 Credit Required

All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 31 Credits Required

Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for an associate degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 6 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

  • Choose 1 of 4

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Official Pre-2016 Math SAT Score of 590 or Higher
  • Official Post-2016 Math SAT Score of 620 or Higher
  • Official Math ACT Score of 26 or Higher

Natural Sciences Competency - 5 Credits Required

One course is required with a minimum of 3 credits: must be a lab course.

Additional General Education Requirements - 11 Credits Required

These courses are additional General Education courses to meet the requirements for this specific program.

College Requirements - 38 Credits Required

Technical Related Courses - 8 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for an associate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.

Suggested Semester Layout

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First Year

Fall Courses

Total Credits: 16-17

Spring Courses

Total Credits: 16

Summer Courses

Total Credits: 4

Second Year

Total Credits: 18

Spring Courses

Total Credits: 15

Contact Information

Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology Programs
(231) 591-2640
[email protected]

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