Why study industrial technology management and mechanical design technology at CMU?
The industrial technology management program prepares students for careers in industry with an emphasis on technology applications and their management. Consider these key features distinguishing this program at CMU:
- State-of-the-art laboratories for computer-aided design and manufacturing, electronics, robotics, manufacturing systems, and more
- Personal advising and guidance from involved faculty who work closely with business and industry
- Internship opportunities for academic credit with leading Michigan industries
- Professional development, resources, and contacts through student organizations such as the Industrial Engineering Technology Club
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:
- A number of jobs for industrial production managers are expected to open due to the need to replace retiring workers or career transfers.
- Applicants with a college degree, particularly those with an undergraduate engineering degree and a master's degree in business administration or industrial management, will enjoy the best job prospects.
- Employers also are likely to seek candidates with excellent communication skills, related work experience, and those who are personable.
Graduates of the industrial technology management program at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.
- Architectural Assistant
- Automotive Designer
- Corporate/Industrial Trainer
- Inventory Control Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Material Handling Manager
- Purchasing Manager
- Quality Control Manager
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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Industrial Technology Management Major: Mechanical Design Technology Concentration
This major offers a program of coursework for students planning careers in industry with an emphasis on technology applications and their management. The major is available with four specified concentrations.
All Industrial Technology Management students are required to complete the following core courses. Additionally, all students must complete 24 credits from one of four possible concentrations. Students also need to select six (6) credit hours of Technical Electives in consultation with an advisor.
Total: 70 semester hours
Survey of Chemistry
Elementary concepts in chemistry. For students on curricula needing minimal chemical background or students with no or weak chemistry background who need additional preparation for CHM 131. Cannot be counted on a Chemistry or Biochemistry major or Chemistry minor. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group II-B) Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 105 (preferably with a B or better).
Writing technical documents common in business, industry, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, e.g. reports, proposals, and instructions. Emphasis on readability, accessibility, suitability, and usability. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; completion of 56 semester credit hours.
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.
Power and Energy Technology
An introductory study of operational and scientific principles related to energy sources used as prime movers. To include gasoline, diesel, rotary, turbine, and jet engines.
A study of the principles and practices of safety management with emphasis on occupational safety standards and loss control.
Manufacturing Processes II
Introduces basic polymer formulization, properties of plastics materials, methods of molding plastics, and the fabrication and decoration of plastic articles. Prerequisites: IET 130, 170.
This seminar format will be used to prepare students to take the Certified Industrial Technologist (CIT) Exam and for graduation. Open to graduating seniors only. CR/NC Only. Prerequisites: Final Semester of Program of Study of ITM Majors
Comprehensive review of current factors which influence productivity. Emphasis is placed on the integration of people, methods, machines, materials, and management. Prerequisite: 12 IET credit hours.
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. Prerequisite: 12 IET credit hours.
Solutions of triangles, trigonometric equations, and identities. No credit in MTH 106 after credit earned in MTH 130. Course does not count toward a major, minor in mathematics except for students pursuing a B.S. in Ed., Elementary Emphasis. Recommended: one and one-half years of high school algebra; or successful completion of MTH 105 and one year of high school geometry. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
College Physics I
Mechanics, heat, kinetic theory, and sound. The mathematics used is algebra and trigonometry. The sequences PHY 130-131, PHY 170-171 satisfy minimum requirements for medical and dental schools. Prerequisites: MTH 106. (University Program Group II-B)
College Physics Laboratory I
Experimental techniques of physics introduced by studying quantitative situations through error analysis, graphical analysis, small computer calculations, and linear measurements. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Pre/Co-Requisite: PHY 130. (University Program Group II-B)
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 both STA 282 and STA 382. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
Information Technology Programming I
Introduction to operating a computer and writing computer programs. First programming course in the information technology major/minor. Language used is Visual Basic.
Study of mechanisms with graphical and analytical analysis of displacement, velocity, acceleration, motion, gearing, gear trains, linkages, and cams. Recommended: MTH 106, MTH 108, or MTH 130.
Parametric Design and Modeling
Development and production of engineering and technical models with computer systems and specialized computer aided software applications; introduction to parametric modeling and design. Prerequisites: IET 154
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
Mechanical components design, structural analysis, and mechanism analysis by using computer aided design system and simulation tools. Prerequisite: IET 359.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Complete fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) concepts as interpreted in the American National Standards Institute document ANSI Y14.5M, Dimensioning and Tolerancing. Prerequisite: IET 359.
Covers the process of planning and developing tools, fixtures, and devices for efficient and economical manufacture of a product. Prerequisites: IET 170, IET 359.
Development and production of computer generated graphical images for solid-based models and basic system assemblies utilizing mass properties and boolean operations. Recommended: IET 359.
Development and production of industrial and engineering designs with conceptual and parametric surface modeling tools. Utilization of generative shape design functions to model engineering designs. Prerequisites: IET 359.
Select 6 semester hours of coursework to be approved by your major advisor.