Design Technology

About the Program

This unique, first-of-its-kind program brings together industry and academia to meet the needs of the marketplace. Students in this program learn to build 3D virtual products using Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, the world’s leading product lifecycle management program. The software will introduce students to product design and development technology used by many of the world’s leading manufacturing, architectural, and construction companies. The coursework will help prepare students to develop technical drawings and plans to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers. Unlike other computer-aided design programs, PLM allows the Design Technologist to build the virtual product, test it, and make adjustments without building a prototype of any kind. This high-tech software allows companies to build better products faster, saving them valuable time and money.

Career Information

Design Technologists bridge the gap between engineers and production by using the specifications provided by the engineers to build a virtual product, test the product virtually, and then work with production to design a plan for building the product. Graduates of this program will be sought by companies in nearly every industry including aerospace, construction, consumer products, transportation, heavy machinery, robotics, manufacturing, and many more. Design Technology jobs are in high demand. In fact, with many retirements on the horizon, companies like Kiewit, Winnebago, and Rockwell Collins have jobs waiting for our graduates right now.

Salary Information

Salary: Competitive based on regional and industry standards
Entry Level: $40,000-$45,000

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.S.
Program Capacity: 30
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Cass County Center