​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

You look at cars, home appliances and even toys, and you can’t help but admire the combination of engineering, design, style and function. The product design engineering technology major at CMU is just the program to fuel that curiosity. CMU’s product design engineering technology program helps you prepare for a career that emphasizes technology applications and their management. You’ll learn to conceptualize design sketches and drawings, create complex design layouts, models and prototypes, and integrate manufacturing principles into product designs.

Points of Pride

  • CMU's undergraduate engineering programs are ranked 86th among the nation's universities that offer bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering by U.S. News & World Report for their 2015 rankings.
  • CMU’s program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.
  • CMU offers state-of-the-art labs for computer-aided design and manufacturing, electronics, robotics, manufacturing systems, and more.
  • CMU students have internship opportunities with leading Michigan industries and gain professional development, resources and contacts through student organizations such as the Industrial Engineering Technology Club.

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Industrial designer$59,610 per year4% (1,700 more jobs)
Industrial engineer$78,860 per year5% (10,100 more jobs)
Drafter$49,630 per year1% (2,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the School of Engineering and Technology website​ or contact:

School of Engineering and Technology
ET Building 100
Email: etdept@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3033

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Product Design Engineering Technology Major

This major offers a program of coursework for students planning careers in Product Design and Development. Product design as a process is the efficient and effective development of ideas and concepts that lead to new products. Product Design Engineering Technology as a discipline overlaps the conceptual talents of industrial designers and the analytical knowledge required of engineers. The Product Design Engineering Technology Major is accredited by ATMAE. Program Educational Objectives for Product Design Engineering Technology The engineering technology programs have established the following expectations for the accomplishments of our graduates in the first several years following graduation: 1. Attain appropriate employment and practice successfully in a product design engineering technology related profession; 2. Work in multi-disciplinary teams providing technical knowledge and effective communication as engineering technologists; 3. Remain technically current through continuous learning and self-improvement; 4. Understand and exhibit professional, ethical and social responsibility as they pursue their career. Product Design Engineering Technology Student Outcomes By the time of graduation from the Product Design Engineering Technology program, students are expected to have: 1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities; 2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies; 3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes; 4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives; 5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team; 6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems; 7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature; 8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development; 9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; 10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and 11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement. All Product Design Engineering Technology students are required to complete the following required courses. Students also need to select nine (9) credit hours of Technical Electives in consultation with an advisor.
Total: 66 semester hours
Required Courses
(57 hours)
ART 106
Introduction to Drawing
3
EGR 200
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
3
IET 130
Industrial Materials and Testing
3
IET 154
Engineering Design Graphics
3
IET 170
Manufacturing Processes I
3
IET 181QR
Alternative Energy Analysis
3
IET 226
Parametric Design and Modeling
3
IET 279
Applied Statics
3
IET 324WI
Product Design and Development
3
IET 350
Mechanism Design
3
IET 365
Manufacturing Processes II
3
IET 379
Mechanics of Materials
3
IET 424
Human Factors and Ergonomics
3
IET 450
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
3
IET 451
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
IET 458
Surface Modeling
3
IET 499
Industrial Projects Capstone
3
IET 501
Application of Industrial Management Principles
3
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3
Technical Electives
(9 hours)
Select 9 semester hours of coursework from the following:
ART 115
2-D Design
3
ART 118
3-D Design
3
CPS 180
Principles of Computer Programming
3
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
3
EGR 190QR
Digital Circuits
3
EGR 290
Circuit Analysis I
3
EGR 300
Engineering Economic Analysis
3
IET 223QR
Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement
3
IET 281
Dynamics
3
IET 291
Applied Circuits
3
IET 327
Industrial Safety
3
IET 375
Robotics
3
IET 377
Computer Numerical Control Programming
3
IET 425
Industrial Internship
2-8
IET 454
Machine Design
3
IET 455
Tool Design
3
MTH 133
Calculus II
4