Mountwest

3-D Printing

The objective of this degree is to provide individuals entry-level job skills required in several related professions, including engineering technicians, product design technicians (including state-of the art products for medicine, structures, etc.), printers, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technical specialists, computer modeling specialists, simulation specialists, graphic designers and digital artists. Particular engineering fields include Manufacturing, Mining, Civil, Biomedical, and Marine Engineering. CADD specialists have broad-based skills applicable to the architectural, engineering, design, entertainment, and medical fields. Graduates will have skills essential to architects, engineers, designers, manufacturers, realtors, bankers, printers, creators of computer and graphic simulations, and all digital art applications.

What You'll Learn

What You’ll LearnStudents in this program will learn 2D and 3D CAD, 3D modeling, rendering, and animation for art, films, and television, product development, engineering process and control, including reverse engineering and prototype development, design processes, organizational design, and business development. Students will have the opportunity to become certified in AutoCAD and Inventor. For students considering a bachelor’s degree in engineering, the offering of Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Calculus, and Physics allows students to take these courses in a community college environment.

New manufacturing, engineering, medical, and visual effect processes require the skills students will obtain using state-of-the-art computer programs and prototyping equipment. Students will have access to the most up-to-date Autodesk computer programs, including AutoCAD, Inventor, 3ds Max, Revit, and Maya, as well as the latest prototyping equipment, including a digital printer. Three-dimensional printing is no longer just a prototyping technique, but is now the latest manufacturing process. This process is expected to eventually replace all other manufacturing processes, and the Engineering Design Technology Program trains students in all aspects of this technique. An integrated curriculum, including classes on design and entrepreneurship, allows each graduating class the opportunity to identify, develop and create a prototype for a new product, from conception to construction.

The 3D Printing Program incorporates coordination with a broad-based advisory board of local business representatives, and is designed to prepare graduates with state-of-the-art skills required in the rapidly changing manufacturing, engineering, design, health and visual effects fields. Upon completion of the Engineering Design Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree, the graduate will be able to:

Credits Required:  30-32 hours

Credential Earned:  Certificate of  Applied Science - See the current advising sheet for more details.

Career Settings
Students will be prepared to enter a variety of fields including Manufacturing, Mining, Civil, Biomedical and Marine Engineering. CAD specialists have broad-based skills applicable to the architectural, engineering, design, entertainment and medical fields. Graduates will have skills essential to architects, engineers, designers, realtors, manufacturers, bankers, printers, creators of computer and graphic simulations, and all digital art applications.

Potential Employers

    Special Metals
    Steel of West Virginia