Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

Engineering Design Technology (EDT)

Bachelor of Science

Professionals in this field use computer-aided design, computer-aided engineering, and computer-aided manufacturing in order to analyze the overall worth of a potential product and to help in the assembly of a product by graphically documenting its parts.

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Engineering design technology saves companies time and money. Many products that we use today have been designed and tested before manufacturing takes place. At Western you will learn this process on a variety of state-of-the-art CAD systems, and you will practice testing designs for usefulness using a wide variety of analysis systems. The equipment and software our students use directly contribute to developing the technical skills employers desire from graduates in this field.

Our recent graduates have worked as product designers, documentation and standards supervisors, technical publication specialists, and CAD managers. They have been employed at such organizations as

  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Ford
  • Haworth
  • Johnson Controls
  • Eaton Corporation

After earning prerequisites in subjects such as communications, chemistry, physics, and statistics, you will have the opportunity to study design for production, computer-aided design, CAD applications, computer-aided manufacturing, computer-aided analysis, and design verification (metrology) in a state-of-the industry campus designed to promote the future success of our students.

Consider This

At WMU our goal is to produce job-ready graduates, and our EDT program upholds this by preparing students to be versatile in business and industry environments. By the time you receive your degree, you will be able to apply the fundamentals of processing to plastics machining, rapid prototyping and design verification; you will be able to design products on several types of CAD systems, and you will be familiar with a multitude of analysis systems. Keep in mind that you'll be doing all of this in one of the most professional learning environments in North America, built to help your transition from college to business or industry.

In addition to the fact that you will be developing the skills that employers seek, you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects with local industry, qualify for our departmental scholarships, and become a member of the Sunseeker solar racing team or one of our student societies, such as Tau Alpha Pi.

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A Student's Perspective

"WMU is intertwined with major industries both locally and throughout the surrounding area which increases the potential for job placement and internships. WMU provides students with the best of both worlds. They have a brand new state-of-the-art engineering facility which houses the latest advancements in technology as well as a reputable faculty that is very helpful in mentoring students so that they will be better prepared to enter the job market.

"Western is small enough where students will not feel overwhelmed or insignificant, yet it possesses all the essential ingredients a student needs to compete in today's job market in terms of providing a top-notch education."

-Eric Locker - BS, Engineering Graphics, 2005

Program Minors

Minors are encouraged as a way of differentiating yourself from others applying for the same position or as a way to build expertise that will enhance your job performance is a given discipline. The IME Department offers five minors that would help students meet this goal.

Engineering Design Technology Program Objectives

PEOs define the skill-set that graduates of a program should be able to use throughout the early portion of their career (2-5 years post graduation). It is expected that Engineering Design Technology alumni will be able to:

  1. Use technological tools effectively in engineering design
  2. Transfer engineering designs to engineering and manufacturing processes
  3. Plan, design, analyze, implement, and improve cost-effective manufacturing/service systems
  4. Communicate effectively in verbal, written, and graphic forms
  5. Practice engineering design as a responsible, global professional

Engineering Design Technology Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are those abilities and understandings that students gains from classes and activities during their academic career. Engineering Design Technology graduating seniors should possess the following:

  1. An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of their disciplines.
  2. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
  3. An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to program educational objectives.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams.
  6. An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  9. An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
  10. A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Curriculum 2013-2014


Semester I - Fall (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 1020 Technical Communication (Prof. 1) 3
  IME 1420 Engineering Graphics 3
  IME 1430 Product Design Fundamentals 3
  IME 1500 Introduction to Manufacturing (Area VII) 3
  MATH 1220 Calculus I (or MATH 1700) (Prof. 4) 4

Semester II - Spring (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I (Area VI) 3
  CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I Lab (Area VI) 1
  MATH 1230 Calculus II (or MATH 1710) 4
  IME 1440 Descriptive Geometry 3
  PHYS 1130 General Physics I (Area VI) 4
  PHYS 1140 General Physics I Lab (Area VI) 1

Semester III - Fall (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 2460 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design 3
  IME 2610 Engineering Statistics 3
  PHYS 1150 General Physics II 4
  PHYS 1160 General Physics II Lab 1
  CS 1021 Intro. to Engineering Computing I: Spreadsheets 1
  CS 1023 Intro. to Engr. Computing III: Computer Programming 1
  IME 2540 Machining Processes 3

Semester IV - Spring (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 2001 Applied Electricity/Electronics 3
  IME 2500 Plastics Properties and Processing 3
  IME 2810 Statics and Strength of Materials 4
  IME 3020 Engineering Teams: Theory and Practice (Area V) 3
  ME 2500 Materials Science 3

Semester V - Fall (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 2830 Thermodynamics 2
  IME 3460 Programming for Computer-Aided Design 3
  IME 3480 Design for Production 3
  IME 3540 Metrology 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Area VIII* Health and Well Being 2

Semester VI - Spring (15 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 3200 Engineering Cost Analysis 3
  IME 3440 Product and Machine Design 3
  IME 3840 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 3
  IME 4460 CAD Applications 3
  Approved Elective 3

Semester VII - Fall (14 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 4480 Advanced Computer-Aided Design 3
  IME 4490 Advanced Product and Systems Design 3
  IME 4910 Multidisciplinary Senior Proposal (Prof. 2) 2
  Approved Elective 3
  Area I* Fine Arts 3

Semester VIII - Spring (15 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 4920 Multidisciplinary Senior Project (Prof. 2) 2
  IME 4930 Multidisciplinary Senior Project Consultation 1
  Approved Elective 3
  Area II* Humanities 3
  Area III* United States: Cultures and Issues 3
  Area IV* Other Cultures and Civilizations 3

Total Credits = 124


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* At least one of these courses must be at the 3000-4000 level.

NOTE: A grade of "C" or better in gate courses (indicated in italicized type) is required for enrollment in upper division courses offered by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. See the EDT academic advisor for approved technical electives.


To enter the Engineering Design Technology program, you should have completed in high school at least three and a half years of college preparatory mathematics, including trigonometry, and two years of basic science such as physics and chemistry.


To apply to WMU, write to:

Office of Admissions,
Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5211

Call 269-387-2000, or go to


The academic advisor, Dr. Mitchel Keil, will work with you to ensure that you take the right sequence of courses and get maximum benefit from your studies at WMU.

To make an appointment with an advisor, call 269-276-3270
or stop by The Advising Office in E-102, Parkview Campus

Financial Aid

Information about financial assistance such as scholarships, employment opportunities, loans, and grants is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Write to Student Financial Aid,
Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5337

Call 269-387-6000, or go to

Career Placement

Career services helps WMU students and alumni in job search planning.
Call 269-387-2745, or go to

For More Information

For more information about Engineering Design Technology, write

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Western Michigan University
Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5336

Call 269-276-3350, or Email

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Our Engineering Design Technology program is fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET


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