Engineering Design Technology

Engineering Design Technology

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, additive printing, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technical specialists, computer modeling specialists, simulation specialists, graphic designers and digital artists.

What You’ll Learn
Students 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. Click here to watch a video about a class project involving the creation a 3D hand for a child.

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 scanning and 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 Engineering Design Technology 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 program, graduates will be able to create 2D representations of objects; create 3D representations of objects, and produce realistic representations of these objects through state-of-the-art rendering and animation techniques; work in a group to conceptualize, design and check the viability of a new product and create a prototype of that product; reverse engineer and create a prototype of an existing object; check the efficiency of various engineering processes; create photo realistic representations of any object, including 3D architectural designs; and creat a new business in West Virginia.

See the Engineering Design Technology current advising sheet for more details.  Learn more about our one-year certificate in 3D printing and our two-year Additive Manufacturing Concentration.

Credits Required:  60 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science

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