Design Technology Mechanical + Manufacturing – Associate in Science Degree, Certificate of Achievement

Top Code: 0953.00

The Design Technology Mechanical + Manufacturing program prepares students to work in mechanical design, industrial design, or manufacturing areas as entry-level designers, virtual and rapid prototype builders, or Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technicians. The program builds on the CAD Technician – Mechanical Design & Manufacturing Occupational Skills Certificate and leads to the Associate of Arts Degree in Engineering and Technology, as well as providing a transfer pathway to Baccalaureate programs in Engineering Technology.

The emphasis is on creating original solutions to engineering design technology problems through rigorous design and prototyping processes, using digital rapid prototyping technologies, within a collaborative, project-based environment consistent with advanced manufacturing industry demands of a globalized, sustainable economy.

With a focus on communication skills and creative critical thinking, entry-level students develop engineering design solutions through research, prototyping, analysis, and evaluation in an iterative process involving preliminary sketching, 2D and 3D CAD drawing and parametric modeling, rapid prototyping using 3D printing, laser and plasma cutting, CNC milling and forming, microcontrollers, and mechatronics. Advanced students develop complex design solutions integrating multiple technologies and procedures for real world application in competitions, entrepreneurial ventures, and startups in an industry incubator model.

The program includes integrated, contextualized academics, industry credentialing, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional development, and work experience opportunities to develop long-term transferable skills sets aligned to workforce needs evidenced through advisory groups and industry engagement. Graduating students work under the supervision of qualified engineers, industrial designers, product designers, or advanced manufacturing technicians at professional offices meeting customer requirements and deadlines by realizing products in a production system.

This program prepares students for entry into high demand fields in advanced manufacturing, industrial design, engineering, and specialized fabrication areas from aerospace to entertainment and medical technology.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply design technology principles and processes to create original, comprehensive solutions to complex engineering design and fabrication problems.
  2. Utilize appropriate technologies and techniques to produce complex iterative prototypes within a digital workflow to meet industry standards and criteria.
  3. Communicate effectively using audience appropriate technical, graphical, oral, and written formats in the critical evaluation of processes and products.
  4. Collaborate effectively in diverse teams to identify, analyze, and solve technical problems of contemporary professional, societal, and global importance.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

DT 008AINTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION3
DT 008BINTERMEDIATE DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION3
DT 008CADVANCED SYSTEMS DESIGN AND FABRICATION4
Select one of the following:3-4
READING AND COMPOSITION
FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
TECH 107ATECHNICAL CALCULATIONS3-5.5
or MATH 131 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA FOR STEM
Required Electives
Select 2-3 units to meet 18 units requirement from the following: 2-10
MATERIALS AND PROCESSES OF CONSTRUCTION
PRODUCT DESIGN APPLICATION I
JEWELRY/METAL FABRICATION
FABRICATION LABORATORY
EMERGING APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES
SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES
INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONICS
FASHION SURVEY
BEGINNING METALWORKING SKILLS
INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS
INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL WELDING
Total Units18-29.5

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree