Engineering Design Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
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About this program

Successful product engineers and designers are critical thinkers with the ability to navigate all types of limitations. From the latest sneaker concepts to medical products and everything in between, the field of engineering design spans as wide as your interests. At Penn College, you’ll learn how to hone your problem-solving skills and collaborate with a team, using cutting-edge software to bring innovative concepts to life.  

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

96%

Overall Placement

Industry Recognized Credentials

17

Average Class Size

Careers

  • Product designers 
  • Project leaders 
  • System designers
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Technical Drawing I (CCD103)
  • Detailing I (CCD104)
  • Technical Drawing II (CCD123)
  • Detailing II (CCD124)
  • AutoCAD - Comprehensive (CAD120)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using Autodesk Inventor® (CAD122)
  • Technical Drawing - Related Disciplines (CCD237)
  • Engineering Drawing Dimension and Tolerance Specifications (CCD238)
  • CAD Management and Customization (CAD247)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using Creo Parametric® (CAD123)
  • Engineering Production Drawings and Tool Design (CCD245)
  • Design for Manufacturability (DSG325)
  • Design Statics and Strength of Materials (DSG323)
  • Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control (MET319)
  • Finite Element Modeling and Validation (DSG326)
  • Design Dynamics (DSG324)
  • Engineering Economics (MET315)
  • Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Product Design and Engineering Analysis (DSG421)
  • 3D Rendering and Animation (DSG327)
  • Senior Seminar-Lecture (DSG495)
  • Specified Technical/Math Science Elective (BEN)
  • Applied Product and Systems Design (DSG422)
  • Design Colloquium (DSG424)
  • Senior Seminar-Lab (DSG496)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair (MTT223)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • College Physics I (PHS115) or
  • General Physics I (PHS201)
  • Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control (MET319)
  • College Physics II (PHS125) or
  • General Physics II (PHS202)
  • Engineering Economics (MET315)
  • Technology and Society (HIS262)
  • Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH183)
  • Applied Calculus (MTH230) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Engineering Design Lab
Facilities

Engineering Design Lab

Cutting-edge CAD instruction within specialized computer and 3D printing labs prepares graduates for the future with a focus on parametric CAD and digital prototyping applications. AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, SolidWorks®, and Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/E) ® are used extensively in the program. 

Rapid Prototyping Lab
Facilities

Rapid Prototyping Lab

Take ideas from the screen to real life in the rapid prototyping lab loaded host of additive manufacturing and reverse engineering equipment. 

Student Experience

"Every single person I know in my major has a job. I think that's attributed to how much the staff really prepares you for whatever industry you're going into and their dedication to getting you those internships. Employers appreciate how much kids at Penn College are really involved in their degree and they see the passion."

Rylee Butler

Engineering Design Technology

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Oct 8

Open House

Friday, October 88:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 23

Open House

Saturday, October 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 6

Open House

Saturday, November 68:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 19

Open House

Friday, November 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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More Information

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College and explained on the Transferring Credits page of this Catalog. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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We offer our students the opportunity to acquire AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor Certification. Learn more about Autodesk Software Certification .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications

The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Engineering Design Technology students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and the software is not a requirement.

Students in Engineering Design Technology majors will be using the following CAD programs:

  • AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk® Inventor®
  • SolidWorks®
  • Creo® (formerly Pro-Engineer®)

Engineering Design Technology students will also be using Autodesk® Analysis software. This software is free to students from the Autodesk® student community.

Students can use the following links for downloading the system requirements for all Autodesk® products (Inventor®, AutoCAD®, etc.). The Autodesk® Registration/Activation information is the same for all licenses, commercial and student.

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Christopher Allebach, '11, '13, Design Engineer, Dorman Products
  • Mr. Charles K Bear, Jr. PE, Senior Program Manager, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. Ryan Bingaman, '98, '00, Lead Systems Engineer, GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
  • Mr. Clark Bixler, '00, '01, Technical Service Engineer, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Mr. Keith Dando, '00, '01, Manager, Engineering Technology & Services, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration
  • Mr. Tim Day, Manager of Manufacturing, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. William Henry, '90, Design Drafting Supervisor, First Quality Products
  • Mr. Robert Holmes, Plant Designer, Metso Minerals
  • Ms. Mary Robinson, '85, '08, Product Engineer, Young Industries
  • Mr. David Taylor, CAD System Analyst, Metso Minerals
  • Ms. Mary Jo Vanderpool, '99, Mechanical Designer/CAD Manager/IT Specialist, Stantec Consulting, Ltd.

What’s the difference between Engineering Design Technology and a Mechanical Engineering program?

The Engineering Design Technology major at Penn College has covers many of the same competencies (engineering, design, CAD and technical drawing) taught within a Mechanical Engineering Technology majors at other colleges.

Penn College teaches these competencies in a hands-on fashion compared to traditional Mechanical Engineering programs, which are more theory-based and would have more rigorous math and science requirements.