This curriculum prepares graduates for mechanical and engineering design positions in manufacturing- and engineering-based industries using advanced 2D and 3D CAD applications. Graduates will work with engineers and technicians to solve technical design problems in the development and manufacturing of products. The curriculum will prepare the designer to balance function, aesthetics, legal issues, ethical issues, manufacturing parameters, market forces, cultural variables and engineering economics to develop marketable products and systems. Specialized topics in dynamic simulation and finite element analysis provide further opportunity for the graduate. Product design and manufacturing processes are emphasized and problem solving and analytical skills are enhanced through projects, often involving team collaboration. Cutting-edge CAD instruction within state-of-the-art computer and 3D printing labs prepares the graduate for today's work environment 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. In addition to course work specific to the major, mathematics, science, metallurgy, manufacturing materials, communications, and computer applications prepare the graduate for the drafting and design field.
Graduates of the Engineering CAD Technology (EN) can transfer into the Engineering Design Technology (BEN) bachelor degree without losing any credits.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
We offer our students the opportunity to acquire AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor Certification. Learn more about Autodesk Software Certification.
Graduates will find jobs in the design of products in industry and for service providers, agriculture and food processors, and government agencies. Opportunities exist in sales and marketing of new products that require original design. Graduates work as design technicians, design drafters, product designers, and project leaders. Additional opportunities exist in patent development, product research and development, and a variety of jobs associated with market development. Specialty career paths may lie with loss management, safety and health issues, and environmental responses. The need for reverse engineering and adaptive redesign in foreign markets will result in a demand for design personnel.
The Engineering Design Technology major most closely aligns with a mechanical engineer position.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for mechanical engineers was $85,880 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $133,900.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||62,820||$46.59||$96,920|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||26,450||$39.29||$81,720|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||19,060||$49.08||$102,080|
|Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing||12,960||$41.34||$85,980|
|Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)||12,590||$47.35||$98,490|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College and explained on the Transferring Credits page of this Catalog. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
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:
- Autodesk® Inventor®
- 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 link for downloading and systems 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.
Clubs & Activities
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Engineering Design Technology Advisory Committee
- 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.
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.