About this Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Product Design Engineering Technology (PDET) program at Eastern Michigan University is to provide a high-quality, application-oriented education which develops future professionals who will improve the design of current products and design and develop new and innovative products. The goal of the program is to provide college graduates with the skills needed to successfully enter the workforce, the potential to grow with the needs of the advancement of technology, and to educate future leaders in the profession. The faculty in the program are committed to providing service and leadership in the promotion and advancement of the educational goals of the University.

Program Education Objectives

The education objectives of the Product Design Engineering Technology program are to produce graduates who:

  • Graduates will be gainfully employed in product design engineering technology careers where they will continue to build upon their technical knowledge using modern tools such as CAD software, total quality management, and design for manufacturing to design and improve products and processes.
  • Graduates will work effectively as members of design, engineering, and business teams.
  • Graduates will effectively communicate design intent and technical information in written and oral formats.
  • Graduates will engage with professional and design related organizations in lifelong learning activities with a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Graduates will exercise an understanding of professional ethics and engage in ethical and socially responsible design.
  • Graduates will practice effective team working skills that will allow them to manage conflict, think critically by using data in the decision-making process to avoid groupthink, and engage with team members from diverse backgrounds in a way that promotes inclusion, resulting in the design of better products.

Product Design Engineering Technology (PDET) Student Outcomes

Eastern Michigan University's B.S. in Product Design Engineering Technology program will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the program's objectives after graduation.  PDET graduates will demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
  • An ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.
    • PDET Enrollment

      2019      58 majors

      2020      64 majors

      2021      69 majors

      2022      135 majors

      2023      180 majors

    • PDET Graduates

      Fall 2019/Winter 2020                   13 graduates

      Fall 2020/Winter 2021                   18 graduates

      Fall 2021/Winter 2022                   14 graduates

      Fall 2022/ Winter 2023                 15 graduates

At a Glance

  • Number of credits: 81



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Accredited by the ETAC Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org under the commission's General Criteria and Program Criteria for Engineering Graphics/Design/Drafting Engineering Technology (Mechanical) and Similarly Named Programs.


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Philip Rufe
Coordinator, Product Design Engineering Technology
111L Sill Hall
734.487.3133 | [email protected]

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