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Industrial Technology & Packaging


Industrial Technology & Packaging Major

The B.S. in industrial technology and packaging prepares students for careers that involve working with people and technology concurrently, particularly in settings where innovation and change are involved. Employment can be found in a variety of industries – manufacturing, communications, transportation and biomedical – but particularly in businesses and other organizations involved in global relationships and the implementation of new product or process technologies. Positions that graduates secure are quite varied – industrial sales, facilities management, production, quality management, packaging, supplier relations – with salaries at the higher end of bachelor’s level degree-holders. In addition to foundation courses, there are three themes that are woven together within the coursework that is required of all industrial technology and packaging majors: packaging; value chain management; and technology entrepreneurship. Packaging courses provide students with knowledge and hands-on experience in packaging design, testing and production. Courses in the value chain management area focus on supplier relations, distribution, operations management and related quality management. Technology entrepreneurship course materials address issues of product design, venture development, and new business strategy.

Consumer Packaging Solutions Concentration

The Orfalea College of Business’ consumer packaging solutions concentration combines foundational tools of business administration with dynamic technical skills crucial to a career in the $900 billion global packaging industry. As the only packaging program within a business school, the Cal Poly Packaging Program has earned a national reputation for excellence while maintaining small class sizes. The world’s leading technology companies, agricultural producers and marketers, and retail ventures seek Cal Poly’s packaging alumni to fill dynamic roles in designing, developing, and testing. The Learn by Doing curriculum challenges students to create value-added packaging that contains, protects, and markets highly competitive consumer products in an increasingly globalized economy.

Packaging Minor

The purpose of this interdisciplinary minor is to complement the student’s degree major with a planned curriculum in packaging. The program is designed to capitalize on theories and skills learned in other disciplines, thereby uniquely preparing students for success as packaging professionals in positions ranging from highly technical research and development through purchasing, production, sales, and management.

Industrial Technology Minor

This minor is an interdisciplinary program. Students learn about the technical, social and business issues related to the use of new technology and how the technology is integrated into corporate operations. The minor appeals to students who are majoring in non-technical disciplines.

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