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
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Industrial designer||$59,610 per year||4% (1,700 more jobs)|
|Industrial engineer||$78,860 per year||5% (10,100 more jobs)|
|Drafter||$49,630 per year||1% (2,200 more jobs)|
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
Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to drawing media and techniques with a focus on drawing from observation and to formal principles of composition and conceptual inventiveness.
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
Engineering problem solving involving circuit elements, batteries, one- link robot, two-link robots, springs, and cables using physical experiments, MATLAB and/or equivalent. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre-requisites/Co-requisites: MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor.
Industrial Materials and Testing
An overview of industrial materials including metals, plastics, composites and ceramics. Topics include material properties, material selection, and material testing.
Engineering Design Graphics
Focus on engineering design fundamentals, design processes, and the utilization of graphics within design. Computer-Aided design and product data management techniques are covered.
Manufacturing Processes I
Introduction to the processing of metal materials through casting, fabricating, machining, and basic welding.
Alternative Energy Analysis
A quantitative comparison and analysis of current alternative energy technologies and systems. Quantitative Reasoning.
Parametric Design and Modeling
Development and production of engineering and technical models with a mechanical computer-aided design system. An introduction to parametric design and modeling. Prerequisite: IET 154; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
This course will cover force systems, resultants and equilibrium, trusses, frames, beams, and shear and moments in beams. Prerequisites: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 133; PHY 130 or 145; PHY 170 or 175; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Product Design and Development
Ideation, conceptualization, and development of consumer products. Utilization of freestyle and NURBS based computer-aided design tools to solve product design problems. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: IET 226; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Study of mechanisms with graphical and analytical analysis of displacement, velocity, acceleration, motion, gearing, gear trains, linkages, and cams. Prerequisite: IET 279 or EGR 251 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Manufacturing Processes II
Introduces basic polymer formulation, properties of plastics materials, methods of molding plastics, and the fabrication and decoration of plastic articles. Prerequisites: CHM 120 or 131; IET 130, 170; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Mechanics of Materials
Introduction to methods of determining the internal stresses and deflections of basic load-carrying members of construction and machine applications. Prerequisites: IET 279 or EGR 251 with a grade of C- or better; MTH 132 or 133; permission of E&T Advisor; cummulative GPA of 2.5 or highter.
Human Factors and Ergonomics
The study of methods and tools used in the fields of human factors and ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks, and products. Prerequisite: IET 324. Recommended: IET 327; permission of E&T advisor.
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
Mechanical components design, structural analysis, and mechanism analysis by using computer aided design system and simulation tools. Prerequisites: IET 226, 350, 379; permission of E&T advisor.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing concepts as interpreted in ASME standard Y14.5. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: IET 226; permission of E&T advisor.
Development and production of industrial and engineering designs with conceptual and parametric surface modeling tools. Utilization of curve and surface functions to interpret engineering designs. Prerequisites: IET 226, MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor. Recommended: IET 324.
Industrial Projects Capstone
The integration of appropriate methods, procedures, and techniques for the analysis of industrial projects and implementation of solutions via a team approach. Prerequisites: IET 450, 454 with a signed Mechanical Engineering Technology Major or IET 324, 458 with a signed Product Design Engineering Technology Major or IET 377, 500 with a signed Industrial Engineering Technology Major.
Application of Industrial Management Principles
A study of industrial management as a process of coordination that exhibits different patterns depending on the manager's level in the organization and functional responsibilities. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: STA 282 or graduate standing and statistics competency; permission of E&T advisor.
Introduction to Statistics
Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression. Course does not count on major, minor in mathematics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency.
Select 9 semester hours of coursework from the following:
Introduction to form and its relation to the 2-dimensional surface. Focus on the elements and principles of design, creative problem solving and visual literacy.
Introduction to elements and principles of design, creative problem solving, and visual literacy as it applies to 3-dimensional form, space, and time.
Principles of Computer Programming
Algorithm development and problem solving methods. Design and development of computer programs in a structured programming language. Pre/Co-requisite: One of MTH 130, 132, 133, 217. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Introduction to Engineering
A general introduction to engineering with an emphasis on problem solving, engineering tools, engineering design processes, and teamwork. Pre/Co-requisite: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 133.
Boolean algebra, logic functions, truth tables and Karnaugh maps, combinational circuits, sequential circuits, and finite state machines. Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisites: One of the following with a grade of C- or better: MTH 130, 132, 133. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120.
Circuit Analysis I
Introduction to circuit elements, variables, resistive circuits, circuit analysis techniques, network theorems, inductance and capacitance, sinusoidal steady state analysis and power calculations. Prerequisites: MTH 133 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120; PHY 146.
Engineering Economic Analysis
An introduction to financial and economic decision-making for engineering projects, with an emphasis on problem solving, life cycle costs, and the time value of money. Prerequisites: MTH 132 or 133; one of: STA 282, 382, 392; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement
The utilization of mathematical and statistical tools to improve product and process quality. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisite: MTH 105; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recommended: STA 282.
Study and engineering application of relationship between the forces acting on a body, the mass of the body, and the motion of the body. Prerequisites: IET 279 or EGR 251 with a grade of C- or better; MTH 132 or 133; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
A study of the fundamentals of applied circuits including Direct Current (DC) circuits, Alternating Current (AC) circuits, and basic electronics. Prerequisites: One of the followings: MTH 130, 132, 133; PHY 131 or 146; PHY 171 or 176; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
A study of the principles and practices of safety management with emphasis on occupational safety standards and loss control. Prerequisite: CHM 120 or CHM 131; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Introduction to industrial robotics including robot classifications, components and functions, programming, and applications. Prerequisites: CPS 180 or EGR 200; IET 291 or EGR 290; One of the following: MTH 132, 133, 217; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Computer Numerical Control Programming
Programming and operation of CNC machines, including CNC vertical milling center and turning center. Emphasis on manual programming, CAM design, and machine setup and operation. Prerequisites: IET 154, 170; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Supervised work experiences in industry. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: departmental permission.
Theory and application of machine element fundamentals in design and analysis of mechanical systems for safe operation. Prerequisites: IET 350; IET 379 or EGR 255; permission of E&T advisor.
Covers the process of planning and developing tools, fixtures, and devices for efficient and economical manufacture of a product. Prerequisites: IET 170, IET 226; permission of E&T advisor.
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, elementary differential equations, infinite series, Taylor series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MTH 132.