​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

Engineering Technology Student Outcomes All Engineering Technology programs share the following Student Outcomes : By the time of graduation from any of the Engineering Technology programs, students are expected to have: 1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline 2. An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline 3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technica literature 4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements , and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes 5. An ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams. 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. All Product Design Engineering Technology students are required to complete 60 hours of required courses. They also need to select and complete 6 credit hours of Technical Electives in consultation with an advisor Product Design Engineering Technology Mission Statement The mission of the Product Design Engineering Technology program in the BS in Engineering Technology degree is to prepare students to be competent in the area of product design with the potential for growth in management and leadership. Program Educational Objectives for Product Design Engineering Technology The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of BSET-Product Design Engineering Technology (PDET) program at CMU describe the expected accomplishments of the BSET-PDET graduates during their first few years after graduation. The main goal of the BSET-Product Design Engineering Technology program at CMU is to provide a competitive curriculum and learning environment that prepare graduates who will be able to: 1. Attain 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 careers. Product Design Engineering Technology Program Criteria In addition to the Engineering Technology Student Outcomes, graduates of the Product Design Engineering Technology program will demonstrate knowledge and technical competency in: 1. use of 3D parametric computer-aided drafting and design software for a variety of mechanical drawing techniques (such as orthographic, section, auxiliary, assembly models, detailed working drawings and rendered images), 2. application of principals of geometric dimensioning and toleracing, 3. application of principles of engineering materials and applied mechanics, 4. application of principles of manufacturing methods, 5. applications of calculus and statistics, 6. use of advanced 3D parametric modeling tools for design and analysis, 7. application of physics, materials, manufacturability, environmental and economic concepts to design of machine or mechanical elements, 8. use of industry codes, specifications, and standards (ASME, ANSI, or others), 9. technical communications typically used in preparation of engineering proposals, reports, and specifications.
Total: 69 semester hours
Required Courses
(63 hours)
ART 106
Introduction to Drawing
3
EGR 200
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
3
EGR 489WI
Senior Design I
3
EGR 499WI
Senior Design II
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 466
Advanced Surface Modeling
3
MTH 223
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
3
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3
Technical Electives
(6 hours)
Select 6 semester hours of coursework from the following:
ART 119
Design Foundations
3
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
3
IET 281
Dynamics
3
IET 291
Applied Circuits
3
IET 377
Computer Numerical Control Programming
3
IET 454
Machine Design
3
MTH 133
Calculus II
4