VU – Product Design and Production Processes

VU Advisor:  Joseph Wofford     E-mail: jwofford@vinu.edu     Office Phone: 812-888-5503

Product Design and Production Processes Website

DOE Code: Mechanical Drafting and Design I – 4836

Program Description:

Take a minute to look around. How many manufactured items did you see? Each of those items was designed to the smallest detail. A drawing was created for each of these designs to fully specify its construction.

Working within the engineering department, Mechanical Drafters and Designers discover creative solutions to real-world problems. They design and document these solutions using 3D Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software. Drafters commonly begin their careers by detailing drawings and revising existing CAD models. As they gain experience, they move toward lead design roles and even into management positions.

Students in this program learn the fundamentals of mechanical drafting using both manual drafting instruments and CAD software. Essential topics such as manufacturing processes, plastic part design, and tooling design are also stressed. Industry standards that enable accurate communication in a global economy are reinforced throughout the curriculum. Hands-on experience in 3D printing and 3D laser scanning enables our students to keep pace with the latest advances in technology.

Grade Level:  12th

Length of Program: 1 year (Senior Year Only) 1/2 of the day.

Fall Semester Courses:                                                                       Days/Times:

DRAF 110             Mechanical Drafting (3 Cr Hrs)                  MW       2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

DRAF 140             Introduction to CAD (3 Cr Hrs)                   TR          2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Course Fees: $33 for DRAF 110, $23 for DRAF 140

VU Technology Fees: $20 Per Credit Hour

Spring Semester Courses:                                                                 Days/Times:

DRAF 155              Advanced Mech Drafting (3 Cr Hrs)       MW        2:00 pm -4:50 pm

DRAF 230             Tolerancing Applications (3 Cr Hrs)         TR           12:00 pm – 1:20 pm

Course Fees: $23 for DRAF 155, $11 for DRAF 230

VU Technology Fees: $20 Per Credit Hour

Occupations upon completion of program: Mechanical Drafter, Product Designer (Engines, ATVs, Refrigeration, Mechanical Components, Household Appliances, Furniture, Medical Supplies, Plastic Components, etc.), Tooling Designer (Jigs, Fixtures, Stamping Dies, Injection Molds, etc.)

Additional education/training available after VU: No additional training is required beyond the two year ASCT degree. However, both VU and Purdue BS degrees are available at the VU campus. Depending on the student’s area of interest, courses in areas such as Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Acoustics and many others may be relevant to their industry of choice.

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