​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. All Product Design Engineering Technology students are required to complete the following required courses. Students also need to select six (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. engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods. 2. applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas. 3. the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design. 4. the application of manuals, handbooks, material and/or equipment specifications, and related software in advanced drafting/design. 5. the application of current codes and standards with open-ended design experiences that integrate materials, manufacturing, design analysis, or graphics. 6. concepts related to the environmental and economic impacts of design 7. the design of machine elements, advanced drafting including current three-dimensional computer representations as related to mechanical design, and manufacturing methods. 8. drafting / design related areas, consistent with the technical orientation of the program. 9. the in-depth application of physics and engineering materials having emphasis in drafting, manufacturing, and design of mechanical components . 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 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 ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development; 9. An understanding of and 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 ; 11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Total: 66 semester hours
Required Courses
(60 hours)
ART 106
Introduction to Drawing
EGR 200
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
IET 130
Industrial Materials and Testing
IET 154
Engineering Design Graphics
IET 170
Manufacturing Processes I
Alternative Energy Analysis
IET 226
Parametric Design and Modeling
IET 279
Applied Statics
Product Design and Development
IET 350
Mechanism Design
IET 365
Manufacturing Processes II
IET 379
Mechanics of Materials
IET 424
Human Factors and Ergonomics
IET 450
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
IET 451
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
IET 458
Surface Modeling
IET 466
Advanced Surface Modeling
IET 499
Industrial Projects Capstone
MTH 223
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
Introduction to Statistics
Technical Electives
(6 hours)
Select 6 semester hours of coursework from the following:
ART 119
Design Foundations
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
IET 281
IET 291
Applied Circuits
IET 377
Computer Numerical Control Programming
IET 454
Machine Design
MTH 133
Calculus II