A packaging degree that enables you to create visually stunning, environmentally friendly packaging that’s functional and durable enough to sustain environmental and physical hazards.
The program emphasizes the application of fundamental concepts, theory, innovation, critical thinking and communication on practical problems Studies in packaging science include examining the procedures for developing new, improved packages; testing the physical and chemical properties of materials; and learning structural design by making and testing sample containers in the department’s advanced testing facility. Students also learn the industry’s legal aspects, as well as economic, energy and environmental considerations in packaging development and production.
Program facilities equipment
The extensive facilities include a state-of-the-art packaging dynamics lab, modern computer lab, packaging attribute assessment lab, and the American Packaging Corporation Packaging Innovation Center. Students learn to perform packaging evaluations and report results.
Program job titles reported
Associate Specialist - Packaging Operations, Packaging Engineer; Packaging Designer; Package Developer, Product Engineer; Packaging Scientist; Package Engineering Technician; Packaging Sales; Structural Designer; Packaging and Display Sales; Packaging Development Engineer; Packaging Project Management Engineer; Display Services Specialist
Program significant points
- Typical responsibilities involve developing packaging systems for a variety of products.
- Engineers develop primary, secondary and tertiary packaging systems, develop packaging specifications, select materials, improve package quality and support new product launches in food and beverage, pharmaceutical or consumer products companies.
Select program hiring partners
AeroSafe Global; American Packaging Corporation; Colgate-Palmolive; Henkel; CooperVision; GlaxoSmithKline; Hammer Packaging; Hasbro; Milwaukee Tool; Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; Menasha Corporation; Merck & Co., Inc.;
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Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Full-time students may choose to complete cooperative education (co-op). After completing two semesters of study (a minimum of 18 credit hours), students may request approval to complete up to one year of cooperative education employment related to packaging.