Wood Products Engineering

Important Program Change

The College is no longer accepting students into the Wood Products Engineering program. We will continue to offer courses in topics of Wood Products Engineering for students interested in wood science, properties of wood as a construction material, wood identification, and materials marketing.

Current WPE students are unaffected.

New students interested in wood products engineering may pursue it as a concentration with the B.S. in Construction Management program.

Wood is the premier material for manufacturing, building and construction. It is renewable, and produced from a sustainable natural resource. Wood is strong, lightweight, economical, long lasting and attractive, and is made into countless products desired by society. Our graduates contribute to and are employed by the industries that manufacture such high-value wood products as hardwood lumber and furniture, efficient and economical building materials such as soft-wood lumber, plywood and engineered composite materials, and industrial materials such as treated poles, piling and timbers. Our graduates also contribute and are employed by the related lumber and building material merchandising and distribution industries.

The program provides a broad education, encompassing study of the anatomical, physical, and mechanical properties of wood. Students learn to apply basic and engineering sciences to the broad spectrum of products made from wood and its derivatives.  Field trips to local wood products industries such as Gutchess Lumber, Stickley Furniture, Gunlocke Furniture, Harden, B&B Lumber, and many others supplement our department laboratory experience.  Most activities are directed toward the forest products industry of New York, but the Wood Products Engineering program has a long tradition of national and international service.



Essential knowledge for all wood products engineering graduates:

  1. Identification, properties, and uses of wood
  2. Classification of tree species; relations between species and general of important North American timber species, including growth ranges
  3. Wood-moisture relationships
  4. Wood biology: anatomy and decay
  5. pressWood protection
  6. Production of solid wood and composite products
  7. Wood mechanics and design of wood structural elements
  8. Marketing of wood products
  9. Use of wood in construction and other engineered applications such as furniture


For current students enrolled in Wood Products Engineering: for complete coverage of the major, including a listing of Undergraduate Program Requirements, please refer to the ESF College Catalog.


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