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Product Design and Development: An Engineering Technology (formerly DET)


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Salaries in Utah

Annual Median Salary: $56,515*

*WSU graduates

Annual median salaries noted are Utah-wide. Salaries vary depending on the region, workplace and skill level.

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What you will learn

  • 3D Mechanical Modeling & 2D Technical Drawings (SolidWorks and Catia V5)
  • Metal Forming, Casting, & Welding § Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Computer Numerical Manufacturing Control
  • Tool Design
  • Basic Animation and Rendering (3DS MAX and Photoshop)
  • Machine Design § Kinematic Analysis
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Applications

ABET Accreditation

The engineering technology BS programs at Weber State University are accredited by the Engineering Technology
Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Product Design and Development (formerly DET)

The Product Design and Development: An Engineering Technology (PDD) degree will prepare graduates with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands on skills to enter careers in drafting and basic design of mechanical/manufacturing components. Graduates will demonstrate competency in the application of manuals, handbooks, material and/or equipment specifications, and related software in advanced drafting/design. Graduates will demonstrate competency in the application of current codes and standards with open-ended design experiences that integrate materials, manufacturing, design analysis, and graphics. Graduates will understand concepts relating to the environmental and economic impacts of design. Graduates are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter careers in applied mechanical design environment using the following software programs; Solidworks, Catia V5, PTC Creo, 3ds Max, Photoshop, and other applicable software.

Purpose of Degree

The PDD degree will allow students to prepare for job opportunities in the Mechanical & Product Design industry working for aerospace, automotive, and various product manufacturing companies, contractors and engineering firms. 

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of the PDD program are to prepare graduates to establish themselves as successful professionals in the drafting and design of mechanical systems, or related areas during the first few years of their careers by having demonstrated their ability to:

  1. Address and solve increasingly complex technical problems related to the field of design engineering technology.
  2. Make well educated, responsible and ethical decisions that will have a positive impact on their organization and society.
  3. Undertake more complex tasks possibly leading to a supervisory role.
  4. Grow personally and professionally. 

Program Student Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate appropriate mastery of knowledge, skills and modern tools in the discipline, including technologies of materials, manufacturing processes
  2. Apply current knowledge of managing engineering and technology, including technologies of materials, manufacturing processes, tooling, automation, production operations, maintenance, quality, industrial organization and management, and statistics
  3. Conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
  4. Apply creativity to design of systems, components and processes
  5. Function effectively on teams
  6. Students will demonstrate creativity in designing solutions to problems through analysis and experimentation leading to modification of systems, components and processes
  7. Communicate effectively through written, oral and graphical media and understand and appropriately use the technical literature of the discipline.
  8. Recognize the need for and possess the ability to pursue lifelong learning
  9. Understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities including the need to address diversity
  10. Respect diversity and recognize professional, societal and global issues
  11. Have a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement

Product Design and Development (formerly DET)

Declared Majors*

AAS Graduates

BS Graduates

2019-2020 67 11 6
2018-2019 75 6 9
2017-2018 65 7 10
2016-2017 60 11 15
2015-2016 50 9 10


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