Design Engineering Technology

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The Design Engineering Technology (DET) program teaches you a broad range of technical skills that prepare you for a rewarding career in mechanical design. The course work focuses on the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software to teach the engineering design process, principles of design for manufacturing, and creation of engineering drawings. As a student you will use CAD software as a tool for developing design solutions.  A few areas you will study are:

  • 3D Computer-aided design (CAD) software: SOLIDWORKS, CREO, AutoCAD 
  • Manufacturing processes: 3D printing, milling/turning, CNC machining, injection molding
  • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Engineering drawing creation
  • Prototyping and design/build projects

Career Outlook

There are a wide variety of career options for you as a DET student. DET students work for a range of small to large, design/manufacturing companies in product design and development. DET graduates earn competitive salaries by applying design principles to design components, products, systems, and/or tooling. Job titles of DET graduates include: 

  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • CAD Specialist
  • Designer


Dr. Rudy Ottway
Design Engineering Technology Program Coordinator
School of Engineering

Dr. Danny Claiborne
School of Engineering
Department: 270.809.2993