Wood Products Manufacturing Technology

A Unique Curriculum

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A NEW APPROACH TO THE CURRICULUM

      Graduates in wood products manufacturing technology offer employers in the wood products industries an understanding of wood structure and properties combined with technical expertise in product development, production, and quality control. This combination of knowledge and skills places graduates favorably in the job market.

      The curriculum in wood products manufacturing technology is a joint effort of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and the School of Technology. The curriculum is industry oriented, with emphasis on eastern hardwood tree species and application to the lumber and veneer industries in the Central Hardwood Region and the secondary wood products industries manufacturing wood furniture, cabinets, and architectural millwork.

      Engage in the challenge of a unique curriculum combining an understanding of wood structure properties and technical expertise in wood product development and processing.

IF YOU . . .

 like applied engineering  

 enjoy working with people  

 have initiative and organizational ability  

 desire to manufacture and market a product  

 want variety and challenge in an expanding

 career area  

...THEN WOOD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING
TECHNOLOGY AT PURDUE MAY BE FOR YOU.

JOIN THE FOREST PRODUCTS SOCIETY
 

     The student chapter of the Forest Products Society offers students the opportunity to belong to a professional organization. Benefits include professional experience and exposure, networking opportunities, access to job postings, and receipt of the trade publication Forest Products Journal.

 

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM 

 

    Students in the Cooperative Education Program spend four semesters working with a government agency or a private business, building their work experience (and resume) while earning a salary. Several opportunities of this kind are available each year, often leading to job offers upon graduation.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPPORTUNITIES

 

Graduates find careers in industries that manufacture hardwood lumber and veneer, wood furniture, and cabinets, and other wood products in challenging and rewarding roles such as:
 
 

 Production management

 Product design and development

 Industrial engineering technology

 Marketing

 

     There are several ways in which students prepare for their first job after graduation. They acquire industry experience during the summer and in course related laboratories. Seasonal work in their disciplines helps develop relevant skills and contacts. Study abroad programs provide learning experiences that are valued by potential employers. A Cooperative Education position is another excellent way to gain work experience and entry to a later, permanent job.

 

 

WELCOME TO THE WOOD RESEARCH LABORATORY

The purposes of the Wood Research Laboratory are:
 
 

to develop new knowledge about wood and wood-based materials, with emphasis on eastern hardwood tree species and application to the lumber and veneer industries in Indiana and the secondary wood products industries manufacturing wood furniture, cabinets, and architectural millwork, and  to disseminate knowledge in wood science to undergraduate and graduate students through conventional academic programs and to manufacturers and users of wood products in the state and region through outreach programs and activities.  

 

Activities:
 
 

 study product and process engineering of wood furniture and cabinets

 research wood coatings applications

 develop novel, cost-effective test methods for structural wood composites

 analyze time-dependent performance of timber under load

 research the use, reuse and care of wood in historic preservation and restoration

 improve hardwood veneer quality by controlling checking and other defects

 utilize small diameter logs for hardwood dimension

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Study Program

Credits

Orientation (environmental conservation, career orientation)

5

Math and science (calculus, statistics, chemistry, physics)

19

Biological sciences (biology, botany, dendrology)

11

Computer science

3

Communications (English, speech, technical writing)

12

Broadening electives (economics, humanities and social sciences)

21

Forestry and natural resources (wood products and processing; wood structure, identification, and properties; natural resources policy; natural resource economics; properties of wood related to manufacturing; secondary wood products manufacturing; furniture and cabinet design and manufacture; wood base composites)

21

Industrial technology (statistical quality control, production cost analysis, production planning, facilities planning);technical graphics; mechanical engineering technology (applications of engineering mechanics)

19

Areas of specialization courses

19

Total

130