New developments in the ways trees are grown, harvested and processed, and emerging projects like biofuels and biopolymers are creating opportunities in virtually every area of engineering and manufacturing. The paper industry is a key component in many businesses and touches many aspects of our lives. Career options include process engineering, technical services, pollution prevention, research and development, marketing and sales, manufacturing and much more.
Western Michigan University provides leading-edge opportunities in the applications of nanotechnology, printing and ink development methods, recycling, paper mill operation control engineering, process control and instrumentation, printing, and chemical manufacturing. Paid summer internships and co-op programs give you practical hands-on experience. We boast 100 percent job placement upon graduation from our program, with average annual starting salaries in excess of $67,000.
As a paper engineering major at WMU, you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects with local industry and qualify for our departmental scholarships. You can also meet and network with professionals and other students in your field by joining one of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' 25 student organizations, including the Ts’ai Lun Student Chapter of TAPPI. The organization promotes education in the science and engineering of pulp and paper manufacturing and encourages the professional development of students preparing for careers in the pulp and paper industry.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in paper engineering are working as:
- Project directors
Among the companies they work for are:
- Sononco Products Company
- Graphics Packaging
- Stora Enso
- MeadWestvaco Corporation
- SCA Tissue North America