Skills for the future

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The Engineering Design Technology program provides individuals entry-level job skills required in several related professions, including engineering technicians, product design technicians, printers, computer-aided design (CAD) technical specialists, computer modeling specialists, simulation specialists, graphic designers and digital artists. CAD specialists have broad-based skills applicable to the architectural, engineering, design, entertainment, and medical fields. Particular engineering fields include Manufacturing, Mining, Civil, Biomedical, and Marine Engineering. Graduates will have skills essential to architects, engineers, designers, manufacturers, realtors, bankers, printers, creators of computer and graphic simulations, and all digital art applications. Students in this program will learn 2D and 3D CAD, 3D modeling, rendering, and animation for art, films, and television, product development, engineering process and control, reverse-engineering, prototype development, design processes, organizational design and business development. Students will learn how to build and operate a 3D printer.

The average yearly salary is over $57,000, with the highest 10% over $97,000.

The Engineering Design Technology Program incorporates coordination with a broad-based advisory board of local business representatives, and is designed to prepare graduates with state-of-the-art skills required in the rapidly changing manufacturing, engineering, design, health and visual effects fields. Three-dimensional printing is now the latest manufacturing process, and is expected to eventually replace all other manufacturing processes. The Engineering Design Technology Program trains students in all aspects of this technique. An integrated curriculum allows each graduating class the opportunity to identify, develop and create a prototype for a new product, from conception to construction. The student will also learn how to use these new technologies in a business environment, including creating a new business in WV.

“The skills students learn in this program will prepare them for careers in existing industries, future industries or to establish their own business based on developing a prototype of their own idea,” said Carol Perry, Dean of Liberal Arts & Human Services Division at Mountwest. “These graduates will be ready for the challenges of the future.”

According to Business Insider, 3D printing is expected to become the next trillion-dollar industry, and have a tremendous impact on how we buy, sell and produce things. CBS News highlighted 3D printing as one of three key trends at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013.  For industrial designers, employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average; growth will arise from an increase in demand for new or upgraded products. The average yearly salary is over $57,000, with the highest 10% over $97,000. The development of high-technology products will increase the demand for commercial and industrial designers, with most design jobs staying in the US. Design is essential to a firm’s success, and firms will want to retain control over the design process.

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