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.

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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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Baja SAE Reigns Supreme

After 17 years of racing, the Penn College Baja SAE team finally captured the coveted first-place finish. Twice. First in Tennessee and next in New York, the all-star team outperformed a strong field from around the world in the famed endurance event. Rugged terrain, changing elevation, and tight turns were no match for the team’s grit and their buggy’s durability. Meet the team. Hear their story. And re-live the victory that will fuel all future competitions.

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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.

Penn College News
05.01.2024

Penn College Baja SAE team poised for success

Throughout its 19-year history, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s team has crisscrossed the country to compete at Baja SAE. This year, they only must travel a dozen miles from campus to test their skills, a reality that should aid last-minute preparations for the international event. Penn College is hosting Baja SAE for the first time, May 16-19, at its Heavy Equipment Operations Site in Brady Township.

04.25.2024

Penn College students team with Lycoming Engines for project

Lycoming Engines recently employed the talents of Penn College students for a project that will have lasting benefits for the renowned company. As part of a class project, welding students fabricated an access platform designed by Tyler J. Gustafson, majoring in engineering design technology. The aluminum structure will span between two new Okuma LU-45 twin-turret lathes, intended to help expand Lycoming’s internal cylinder barrel manufacturing capacity.

02.14.2024

'Baja SAE Williamsport'

Gear up for a great conversation when Marshall Fowler, engineering design technology student and Penn College Baja SAE Club president, sits down to share his team's dynamic drive in the latest episode of the Tomorrow Makers podcast, "Baja SAE Williamsport." As the college prepares to host the international Baja SAE competition, May 16-19, this podcast episode highlights the high excitement and unwavering dedication of Penn College Baja SAE Club members.

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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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

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.

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    Career Fair Connections

    Penn College graduates are in high demand. Employer participation at the Career Fair is proof. Attracting 400+ organizations, this popular event is hosted twice per year and introduces students to all types of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

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