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Plastics Engineering Technology
Plastics department

September 2011 Update - Plastics program experiencing record demand for graduates!

During the 2010/2011 school year over 200 "engineer wanted" postings were received by the plastics program (with only 20 B.S. graduates available). This demand is continuing - many December '11 and May '12 graduates have already accepted full-time engineering positions. With so many high paying positions available, now is a great time to consider a career in plastics engineering.

FSU Plastics program Informational Videos

Internships in the Plastics program Job Opportunities for a Ferris State University Plastics Graduate

Job opportunities in plastics What Can a Plastics Education from Ferris State University do for You?

What can a Ferris Plastics education do for your career? Internships for a Ferris State Plastics Student

Why do employers hire Ferris Plastics graduates?

The largest plastics program in the United States.

The Ferris State University Plastics Program offers both an A.A.S. degree in Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology and a B.S in Plastics Engineering Technology. Graduates work in areas ranging from processing to product design, tool design, materials science, and program management. Plastics graduates are among the University's most heavily recruited as Ferris has Michigan's only B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology. Visit the links in the left menu for more information on the Plastics Program.

FSU Plastics graduates are in high demand

With Plastics Program instruction from Ferris, students receive the skills and training they need to be successful. The following is a testimonial from the president of Thierica, Inc. Jim Stein about the quality of Ferris Plastics Program students and graduates:

...I have hired many engineering graduates from Ferris over the past many years as well as farming out special projects to various master program engineers and have never been disappointed – You are to be commended for the caliber of students that you are educating – They not only know/understand engineering, they seem to have a practical/application sense coupled with maturity that sets them apart – Thanks for what you are doing!

-- Jim Stein, President, Thierica, Inc.

High paying jobs are waiting!

Expect to start at a very competitive salary. The average starting salary of graduates is $56,900 ('05-'06 school year).

FSU Plastics Job Opportunities

With media reports of plant closures and jobs moving overseas, some have the perception that careers in manufacturing are on the decline. The reality is that demand continues to remain very strong for engineers. The plastics industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified engineering graduates. At Ferris, demand is extremely high for the limited number of BS Plastics graduates each semester.

Plastics graduates have historically benefited from 100% placement and continue to do so. During the current school year" PLTS graduates have been heavily recruited. This list represents only companies that have contacted FSU Plastics with formal job postings. Additionally, many students find employment with companies that do not directly contact FSU Plastics.

From September 2010 to April 2011

  • Contacted by companies with 170+ engineering positions available
  • Jobs in 23 states
    • Michigan: 90
    • Illinois: 22
    • Ohio: 14
    • Wisconsin: 9
    • Indiana: 5
    • Minnesota: 4
    • North Carolina: 3
    • South Carolina: 3
    • Georgia: 3
    • New Jersey: 3
    • Texas: 3
    • California: 2
    • Montana: 2
    • Arizona: 2
    • Tennessee: 2
    • Kentucky: 1
    • West Virginia: 1
    • Delaware 1
    • Oklahoma: 1
    • Washington: 1
    • Arkansas: 1
    • Pennsylvania: 1
    • Connecticut: 1
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