Industrial Design Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Industrial Design Technology program prepares students for careers as technical assistants, engineering technicians or hands-on product manufacturers. This expertise will allow employment in a variety of hi-tech product development and manufacturing companies. The program includes courses designed to provide students with a working knowledge in the field of product design, product development and rapid part production. Competency and technical expertise will be learned on industry specific three-dimensional (3D) Solid Design software, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, and 3D printers. The core specialty of the program is hands-on experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD), CAM, and 3D printing.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This program will be replaced by: AAS/3204 Industrial Design Technology

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Admission criteria

Math assessment score on District placement exam placing students into MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or higher, or permission of Department or Division.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
MET109Machine Trades Print Reading (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of departmental credit by examination (3)3
MET113Applied Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance3
MET112Inspection Techniques3
MET220Fundamentals of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM)3
MET231Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
MET260Tooling and Fixturing3
MET286AESolid Design I: Part Modeling: SolidWorks3
MET288AESolid Design II: Advanced Part Modeling: SolidWorks3
MET289AESolid Design III: Detailing/GD&T: SolidWorks3
MET290AESolid Design IV: Assembly and Kinematics: SolidWorks3
MET291AESolid Design: Certified SolidWorks Associate / Certified SolidWorks Professional Test Preparation (1) OR
MET298AASpecial Projects (1)1
MET292AESolid Design 3D Printing: Techniques in Additive Manufacturing3
MET293AESolid Design: Surface Modeling: SolidWorks (3) AND / OR
MET294AESolid Design: Sheet Metal: SolidWorks (3) AND / OR
MET298ACSpecial Projects (3)6-9
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 21-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3 AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area except COM225 Public Speaking.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Equivalent or Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course.
General Education DistributionCredits: 9-10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 3-4
PHY101Introduction to Physics (4) OR
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3)
  • Read technical documents emphasizing Orthographic Projection and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). (MET109, MET112, MET220, MET113)
  • Apply the industry-mandated protocol for two-dimensional (2D) geometric dimensioning and annotation (ASME Y14.5) and 3D dimensioning and annotation (ASME Y14.41) and production of E-drawings. (MET289AE, MET292AE, MET113)
  • Practice fundamentals of work holding and tooling applications, and application of inspection practices. (MET112, MET231, MET260, MET113)
  • Define metal removal processes emphasizing manual milling, drilling and lathe. (MET231, MET260)
  • Solve complex mechanisms with design intent, solid bodies, and mechanical motion using assemblies and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools. (MET260, MET290AE, MET292AE)
  • Complete 2-D and 3-D technical documentation using industry standards. (MET260, MET289AE, MET291AE)
  • Design verify mechanical simulation and 3D print individual or group design project. (MET260, MET290AE)
  • Develop three-dimensional (3D) visualization skills for mechanical design with the use of 3D solid design, modeling and simulation tools. (MET286AE, MET288AE, MET289AE, MET290AE)
  • Identify and verify Certified SolidWorks Associate or Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWA or CSWP) exam objectives. (MET291AE)
  • Apply 3D modeling skills to build mechanical assemblies for verification of mechanical motion, kinematics and tolerance analysis. (MET292AE)
  • Produce proof of concept with 3D printed models, assemblies and prototypes. (MET292AE, MET298AA, MET298AC)
  • Develop complex shapes with surface modeling techniques. (MET293AE)
  • Design sheet metal parts and assemblies using sheet metal tools to create flat patterns for laser cutting. (MET294AE)

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