The Packaging Engineering Technology Program at Indiana State University has earned national recognition—and
places 100% of its graduates in exciting careers. The program, which is one of only a few such fully accredited
programs offered at colleges or universities in the United States, was developed through a cooperative effort between the
University's College of Technology and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
The University offers a bachelor of science in packaging engineering technology that prepares students for professional careers in packaging engineering and management.
The Packaging Engineering Technology Program combines classroom learning with hands-on experiences. Students explore the technical use
of equipment to learn design techniques and to gain an understanding of management practices. The program offers a number of options for specialization, from manufacturing or mechanical technology to graphic/commercial art or marketing.
Coursework includes study in technology, business, the sciences, and mathematics—plus a cooperative work experience. Courses offer both theory and practical experience in such areas as:
Basic knowledge in computers including computer applications
Basic knowledge in the principles and theories of chemistry and physics
Fabrication of packages
Laboratory experience in packaging materials and their effect on the environment
Packaging machinery, materials, and test instruments
Planning, scheduling, and routing procedures
Shipping of goods including storage, warehouse operation, and testing of impact, shock, and vibration
Technical graphics and standards using computer-aided design
Work experience in industry
In addition, students complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge
students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.
Students participate in a Co-op Internship Program, which enables them to:
Receive credit while employed in a position related to their major;
Earn a portion of their college expenses while employed in an industry for a summer or semester;
Learn about a company while developing professional abilities and earning college credit;
Choose a professional practice experience that meets their career goals from positions located throughout the United States.
Coursework is centered in the University's John T. Myers Technology Center, filled with up-to-date
equipment and supplies, including a state-of-the-art packaging laboratory.
A number of activities enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the
industry. These include campus chapters of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and Epsilon Pi Tau (the international
honorary for professions in technology). Benefits include opportunities to participate in local
chapter monthly meetings, to be involved in state and national meetings,
to attend regional and national conventions, and to qualify for scholarships and other financial grants.
Every product manufactured is in some way involved with a package. Packaging is the third largest industry
in the United States—and offers excellent career opportunities for graduates with the knowledge gained
in Indiana State University's Packaging Engineering Technology Program.
The Packaging Engineering Technology Program at Indiana State places 100 percent of its graduates in rewarding careers. Our graduates are hired for a
variety of positions, including:
Material research and testing
Technical development including structural package and design and surface design
Technical sales and marketing
Listed below are a few of the employers who hire our graduates:
In addition, the Packaging Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the College of Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards.
Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.
Currently enrolled students should contact the following:
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