Product Design Engineering Technology

Program Overview

This major is designed for students planning careers in Product Design and Development. You'll blend the conceptual talents of industrial designers and the analytical knowledge of engineers.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 69

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

What good is a great idea for a product if it doesn’t work? Learn how to take products from first sketch to finished design. Our product design engineering technology major emphasizes the knowledge, skills and tools of both industrial designers and engineers.

The product design process is the efficient and effective development of ideas and concepts. This fresh thinking leads to new goods, tools and components. With this degree, you’ll develop the expertise needed for a career designing systems, components or processes for new products, or improving on existing ones.

You’ll take courses in design, materials, modeling, manufacturing and much more. You’ll take advanced mathematics courses, and you’ll have access to modern labs with state-of-the-art computer-aided engineering and manufacturing technologies. You'll complete a capstone project where you'll work with a team of students from across engineering disciplines. And you’ll connect with a local company to help solve a real-world problem.

Program Highlights

As a student in our Product Design Engineering Technology program, you’ll:

  • Gain access to CMU’s state-of-the-art labs for computer-aided design and manufacturing, electronics, robotics and manufacturing systems.
  • Use parametric computer-aided drafting and design software — CAD systems available to students include CATIA, NX, and SolidWorks.
  • Use advanced 3D parametric modeling tools for design and analysis.
  • Learn how to apply physics, materials, manufacturability, environmental and economic concepts to the design of machine or mechanical elements.
  • Learn about industry codes, specifications and standards (ASME, ANSI, or others).
  • Gain professional experience through internships with laboratories and Michigan industries.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of the Product Design Engineering Technology program at CMU will be prepared for many rewarding career opportunities. Product design engineers have their hands on many projects in major industries. Graduates and interns are actively recruited by GM, Ford and Chrysler.

Career Projected Salary
Commercial and industrial designer $81,740
A person designing a product keeping various graphs and diagrams as reference.

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