Engineering Design Technology

All phases of manufacturing or construction require the conversion of new ideas and design concepts into the basic line language of graphics. Therefore, there are many areas (civil, mechanical, electrical, architectural and industrial) in which the skills of the CAD technicians play major roles in the design and development of new products or construction.


A Career in Engineering Design Technology

Engineering design faculty meet with a program advisory board that is made up of employees from industrial and engineering companies in the region. These meetings help instructors stay aware of the training needs of local industry and ensure that students are getting the skillset needed for a career in today's job market. 

After completing the program, you'll be qualified for positions like:

  • CAD/CAM Technician
  • Drafter
  • Designer
  • Associate Engineer
  • Lead Designer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • CAD Designer
  • Electrical Drafter

Advancement to positions in engineering or management is likely with experience and possibly further education.

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What is Engineering Design Technology?

All phases of manufacturing or construction require the conversion of new ideas and design concepts into the line language of engineering drawings. So there are many areas of engineering in which the skills of engineering design professionals play major roles in the planning and development of new products or construction.

In the Engineering Design Technology program, you'll learn to produce mechanical, architectural and electrical drawings both with traditional drafting machines and state-of-the-art, computer-aided drafting (CAD) systems. You'll also learn about the selection and design of industrial and mechanical systems.

Career Quick Facts

Career Outlook
  • Median Salary Average:  $69,360
  • SC Salary Range:  $54,100-$95,430
  • 100% placement rate for 2021-2022 graduates

Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Physical Demands
  • mobility to move in a manufacturing setting
  • light lifting (up to 20 lbs.)
Entry Level Positions
  • Surveyor
  • CAD/CAM Operator
  • Drafter
  • Designer
  • Associate Engineer
List of Employers

Recent graduates have found work at:

  • Aiken Electrical Cooperative
  • Arrow Hawk Inc
  • Ascend
  • AT&T
  • Austin International
  • Baldor Electric Company
  • BMW Manufacturing Corp
  • Burnstein von  Seelen Corporation Precision Casting
  • Cardinal Health
  • Carolina By Products
  • CCL Label
  • Ceramtec
  • CMS Industrial Technology
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Commissioners of Public Works
  • Digital Office
  • Dominion Energy
  • Duke Energy
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Flexible Technologies
  • Fuji Film
  • General Electric
  • Greenville Health System (now Prisma)
  • Greenwood Fabricating & Plating, LLC
  • Greenwood Mills
  • Item Southeast
  • Kinard Control Systems
  • Komatsu
  • Lonza
  • Michelin
  • Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds
  • Milliken
  • Mungo Homes
  • New Horizon Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Norbord
  • Northland Cable
  • Palmetto Electrical
  • Piedmont Technical College
  • Prysmian
  • Trantech
  • Velux
  • Walmart Distribution Center
  • West Carolina Rural Telephone Incorporated, Inc.
  • ZF Transmissions

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Program Information

Students prepare for actual work situations through practical training in a new state-of-the-art, computer-designed CAD laboratory using Inventor, SOLIDWORKS and other advanced CAD software. 

Coursework includes:

  • Engineering Technology Applications and Programming
  • Introductory and Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Courses
  • Architectural and Mechanical Drawing Applications
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • 3D Modeling Systems and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Coursework is strongly application-oriented and includes hands-on labs and project experiences. The senior year includes advanced CAD using 3D modeling and CAM systems.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.