Manufacturing & Design Technology

The manufacturing & design technology option is designed to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in manufacturing systems that are essential in the 21st century. Courses included in this option provide experiences in fundamentals of manufacturing, robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLC), statistical process control (SPC), and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Typical entry-level professions include plant managers, technical managers, supervisors, team leaders and field service representatives. Upon the completion of the computer technology option, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze, select, and use industrial materials for production including polymers, ceramics, metal, woods and composites.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the manufacturing processes of casting, forming, separating, conditioning, assembling and finishing.
  3. Program and operate numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools that utilize statistical techniques in variable and attribute control charts with sampling tables.
  4. Employ computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) for the design, development and production of manufacturing goods.
  5. Demonstrate behavioral patterns that include communication skills, safe and efficient individual and group work habits, leadership within groups, and an attitude of cooperation and tolerance.
  6. Recognize, evaluate and control varied industrial health and safety hazards
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of traditional management functions and practices, including applications and limitations of various management schemes.
  8. Perform production scheduling, develop and monitor an inventory control system, utilize appropriate production planning techniques, and identify and exhibit key factors in project management.
  9. Analyze, design and specify mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic operations and their components for specific applications.
  10. Describe the impact of various manufacturing systems on society today.


Program Curriculum