Why Choose Product Design Engineering Technology?
The Product Design Engineering Technology program at Ferris offers intensive instruction and practical experience in all facets of product design. Students are prepared to effectively participate in a design environment, generate conceptual design sketches and drawings, create complex design layouts, perform static and dynamic analysis, create models and prototypes, create and define complex surfaces and shapes, and understand and integrate manufacturing principles into design.
Study also emphasizes communication, mathematics and analytical skills. Students receive extensive hands-on experience through labs and internships to give them real-world experience.
A product designer begins with a concept, then transforms it into a working design that specifies the size, shape, style, dimensions and materials needed. Because this skill is needed for the production of millions of industrial and consumer goods, designers are in great demand.
Their knowledge of design, engineering analysis, manufacturing processes and communication techniques are valued in industries across the United States. Employment opportunities exist across the spectrum of the product design field wherever products are produced, designers will be found.
Specific job titles might include product designer, layout drafter, project manager, product developer, computer-aided designer, mechanical designer, project engineer, and design engineer.
Students entering the program must have completed a minimum of 60 transferrable semester hours with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. The following specific courses are required for admission and may be included in the total transferable credit hours:
English Composition I & II
Basic Public Speaking
Mathematics through Pre-Calculus
General Physics I (with lab.)
Basic Material Science
Introductory Computer Aided Design
Cultural Enrichment - 3 credit hours
Social Awareness - 3 credit hours
Admission counselors or program advisors should be consulted for an evaluation of transferability and course equivalency. Under special circumstances students with exceptional academic records can be admitted to the program before all pre-admission requirements are completed.
The Product Design Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.
College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
919 Campus Drive, SWN 405
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Telephone: (231) 591-2755