Design Technology

Design Tech

Design Technology General Info

This unique program bridges the gap between production and engineering by creating a well-defined graduate who has knowledge of machining and computer aided drafting. The Design Technology program offers extensive “hands-on” and “hands-off” machining applications in both manual and computer-aided manufacturing. You will learn to prepare detailed working drawings for the manufacturing industry. These drawings will be created in both two-dimensional and parametric modeling software, abiding by industry recognized standards. This two-year program will provide many interactive scenarios between machining and drafting. The program prides itself in operating state-of-the-art equipment and software currently being used by area manufacturers. This program benefits the student by increasing the skills needed in the machining and drafting worlds, allowing for a diversified graduate. Graduating from the Design Technology program prepares you to work as a drafting technician, machinist, CNC programmer, shop supervisor, or to start your own business venture. This degree will allow the graduate numerous employment opportunities throughout the United States.

Award

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Diploma option is available after two semesters and one summer term
  • Option to earn Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology through Dordt College

Length

  • Four Semesters & One Summer Term
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Likes to build
  • Able to figure outhow thing work
  • Problem solver
  • Good visualization skills
  • Accepts math challenges

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Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTER19-20
CAD167-EIntroduction to Autodesk Inventor5
MFG150-CApplied Math for Manufacturing
OR
2
EGR400-AIntro to Engineering PLTW3
MFG122-EPrint Reading2
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
MFG191-EManufacturing Processes5
MFG194-EInspection Processes2
SPRING SEMESTER19
CAD231-CGeometric Dimension & Tolerancing4
CAD246-CParametric CAD I3
CAD248-CParametric CAD II3
MFG325-ECAM I3
MFG263-ECNC Mill Programming & Setup3
MFG264-ECNC Lathe Programming & Setup3
SUMMER TERM9
ElectiveCommunications*3
ElectiveMath*3
ATR102-CIntroduction to Robotics3
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTER16
EGR450-EComputer Integrated Manufacturing CIM

OR
3
MFG146-CAutomated Manufacturing Systems3
MFG429-CTooling Design & Build4
CAD101-EIntroduction to CAD3
ElectiveHumanities**3
ElectiveGeneral Education**3
SPRING SEMESTER16
EGR470-EEngineering Design & Development

OR
3
MFG220-CDesign Technology Final Design Project3
MFG455-EIndustrial Plastic & Injection Molding4
MFG548-EFluid Power3
WEL265-CIntroduction to Welding & Fabrication3
ElectiveCommunications**3

**You may select any math or communications course with A, C, or E suffix.
**You must take course with an A suffix.

More Information

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit nwicc.edu/compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is demand for employees with these skills here in northwest Iowa and throughout the U.S. You could work in a small or large company as a drafting technician, machinist, CNC programmer, shop supervisor; or you start your own business.
$14–$18/hour
You will start off in machining, with lots of hands-on projects. Then you will learn how to make a blueprint. You’ll take two classes of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs as well as electives.
This is a comprehensive program, offering you a full drafting and a full machining course. NCC’s machine shop is high tech, so you’ll learn on equipment that’s up-to-date with that found out in industry.

Student Story Christian Krejci

“I started getting interested in it from my industrial arts classes in high school. I like the combination of working with my hands and being creative. We get to make something from nothing!”

Design Technology student
Spencer, IA

Design Tech - Student

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Ryan Steffen

Willis Radtke

Tuition & Financial Aid