Engineering Design Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

About this program

Successful product engineers and designers are critical thinkers with the ability to navigate all types of limitations. From the latest sneaker concepts to medical products and everything in between, the field of engineering design spans as wide as your interests. At Penn College, you’ll learn how to hone your problem-solving skills and collaborate with a team, using cutting-edge software to bring innovative concepts to life.  

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

96%

Overall Placement

Industry Recognized Credentials

17

Average Class Size

Careers

  • Product designers 
  • Project leaders 
  • System designers
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Technical Drawing I (CCD103)
  • Detailing I (CCD104)
  • Technical Drawing II (CCD123)
  • Detailing II (CCD124)
  • AutoCAD - Comprehensive (CAD120)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using Autodesk Inventor® (CAD122)
  • Technical Drawing - Related Disciplines (CCD237)
  • Engineering Drawing Dimension & Tolerance Specifications (CCD238)
  • CAD Management & Customization (CAD247)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using Creo Parametric® (CAD123)
  • Engineering Production Drawings & Tool Design (CCD245)
  • Design for Manufacturability (DSG325)
  • Design Statics & Strength of Materials (DSG323)
  • Lean Manufacturing & Quality Control (MET319)
  • Finite Element Modeling & Validation (DSG326)
  • Design Dynamics (DSG324)
  • Engineering Economics (MET315)
  • Engineering Ethics & Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Product Design & Engineering Analysis (DSG421)
  • 3D Rendering & Animation (DSG327)
  • Senior Seminar-Lecture (DSG495)
  • Specified Technical/Math Science Elective (BEN)
  • Applied Product & Systems Design (DSG422)
  • Design Colloquium (DSG424)
  • Senior Seminar-Lab (DSG496)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication & Repair (MTT223)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • College Physics I (PHS115) or
  • General Physics I (PHS201)
  • Lean Manufacturing & Quality Control (MET319)
  • College Physics II (PHS125) or
  • General Physics II (PHS202)
  • Engineering Economics (MET315)
  • History of Technology & Society (HIS262)
  • Engineering Ethics & Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry II (MTH183)
  • Applied Calculus (MTH230) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Engineering Design Lab
Facilities

Engineering Design Lab

Cutting-edge CAD instruction within specialized computer and 3D printing labs prepares graduates for the future with a focus on parametric CAD and digital prototyping applications. AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, SolidWorks®, and Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/E) ® are used extensively in the program. 

Rapid Prototyping Lab
Facilities

Rapid Prototyping Lab

Take ideas from the screen to real life in the rapid prototyping lab loaded host of additive manufacturing and reverse engineering equipment. 

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Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.

Feb 25

Open House

Saturday, February 25 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Feb 25

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Saturday, February 25 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 17

Open House

Friday, March 17 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 17

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Friday, March 17 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 26

Open House

Sunday, March 26 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 26

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Sunday, March 26 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 14

Open House

Friday, April 14 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 14

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Friday, April 14 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 29

Open House

Saturday, April 29 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 29

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Saturday, April 29 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD)

Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD)

SWORD allows students to learn and enhance valuable skills in design and manufacturing situations, project management, business presentations, graphics and web design, and computer applications.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
07.29.2022

Part-time college faculty member earns statewide honor

An adjunct member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s industrial design faculty – a Williamsport Area High School ...

05.18.2022

Penn College students obtain valuable industry certifications

More than 40 Pennsylvania College of Technology students obtained valuable industry certifications related to engineering design ...

11.17.2021

As design class tours, gallery again proves curricular relevance

Product design was the object of exploration for industrial design students visiting The Gallery at Penn College on Wednesday ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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More Information

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We offer our students the opportunity to acquire AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor Certification. Learn more about Autodesk Software Certification .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications

The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Engineering Design Technology students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and the software is not a requirement.

Students in Engineering Design Technology majors will be using the following CAD programs:

  • AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk® Inventor®
  • SolidWorks®
  • Creo® (formerly Pro-Engineer®)

Engineering Design Technology students will also be using Autodesk® Analysis software. This software is free to students from the Autodesk® student community.

Students can use the following links for downloading the system requirements for all Autodesk® products (Inventor®, AutoCAD®, etc.). The Autodesk® Registration/Activation information is the same for all licenses, commercial and student.

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Christopher Allebach, '11, '13, Design Engineer, Dorman Products
  • Mr. Charles K Bear, Jr. PE, Senior Program Manager, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. Ryan Bingaman, '98, '00, Lead Systems Engineer, GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
  • Mr. Clark Bixler, '00, '01, Technical Service Engineer, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Mr. Keith Dando, '00, '01, Manager, Engineering Technology & Services, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration
  • Mr. Tim Day, Manager of Manufacturing, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. William Henry, '90, Design Drafting Supervisor, First Quality Products
  • Mr. Robert Holmes, Plant Designer, Metso Minerals
  • Ms. Mary Robinson, '85, '08, Product Engineer, Young Industries
  • Mr. David Taylor, CAD System Analyst, Metso Minerals
  • Ms. Mary Jo Vanderpool, '99, Mechanical Designer/CAD Manager/IT Specialist, Stantec Consulting, Ltd.

What’s the difference between Engineering Design Technology and a Mechanical Engineering program?

The Engineering Design Technology major at Penn College has covers many of the same competencies (engineering, design, CAD and technical drawing) taught within a Mechanical Engineering Technology majors at other colleges.

Penn College teaches these competencies in a hands-on fashion compared to traditional Mechanical Engineering programs, which are more theory-based and would have more rigorous math and science requirements.