Engineering Design Technology (BEN)

(Effective Fall 2014)

The Engineering Design Technology (BEN) 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Algebra II, geometry, pre-calculus, art and science (physics) courses are recommended but not required. Drafting and CAD skills are helpful. Computer experience is desirable. Following a Career and Technical program of study curriculum would be a distinct advantage.

Special Equipment Needs

See the tools section of the program website for information about downloading CAD software and necessary computer specifications.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading proficiency. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained on the Placement Testing page of this Catalog. Students with single or double deficiencies are permitted to enroll in the major while remediating their deficiencies.

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of engineering design technology to broadly defined engineering design technology activities.
  • select and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering design technology problems that require the
    application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  • conduct standard tests and measurements; conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering design technology problems.
  • function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined engineering design technology problems.
  • communicate effectively regarding broadly defined engineering design technology activities.
  • understand the need for and engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • understand the impact of engineering design technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
CCD103Technical Drawing I 4 
CCD104Detailing I 3 
MTT211Manufacturing Materials and Processes 3 
MTT104Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
CAD120AutoCAD - Comprehensive 3 
CCD123Technical Drawing II 3 
CCD124Detailing II 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
CAD1223D Parametric Modeling Using Autodesk Inventor® 3 
CCD237Technical Drawing - Related Disciplines 4 
CCD238Engineering Drawing Dimension and Tolerance Specifications 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
PHS115College Physics I 4 
PHS201General Physics I 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
CAD247CAD Management and Customization 3 
CAD1233D Parametric Modeling Using Creo Parametric® 3 
CCD245Engineering Production Drawings and Tool Design 3 
ECO111Principles of Macroeconomics 3 
MTH230Applied Calculus 3 
MTH240Calculus I 4 
Fifth SemesterCredits
DSG325Design for Manufacturability 3 
DSG323Design Statics and Strength of Materials 3 
MET319Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control 3 
PHS125College Physics II 4 
PHS202General Physics II 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Sixth SemesterCredits
DSG326Finite Element Modeling and Validation 3 
DSG324Design Dynamics 3 
MET315Engineering Economics 3 
HIS262Technology and Society 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
PHL210Ethics 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
Seventh SemesterCredits
DSG421Product Design and Engineering Analysis 3 
DSG3273D Rendering and Animation 3 
DSG495Senior Seminar-Lecture 1 
BENSpecified Technicial/Math Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
DSG422Applied Product and Systems Design 3 
DSG424Design Colloquium 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
DSG496Senior Seminar-Lab 3 
BENSpecified Technicial/Math Science Elective 3 
BPTCultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3