Product Design and Production Processes

Available on the Vincennes campus

Drafters design products or special tooling required to manufacture a new product. These designs, usually based on specifications and rough sketches prepared by engineers, are the blueprints for manufacturing. It’s a career that can be challenging and rewarding since you are involved in the creation and development of new ideas.

WHY VU?

  • Our two-year curriculum accommodates students with and without prior drafting experience.
  • Students will develop a broad-based background in computer-aided drafting and design (CAD), product design, working drawings, plastic part design, jig and fixture design, die and mold design, additive manufacturing and prototyping, and reverse engineering.
  • Our CAD curriculum includes solid and surface modeling with PTC Creo as well as 2D drafting with AutoCAD.
  • We teach both CAD and manual drafting per industry and advisory committee recommendations.
  • Students will become familiar with standard engineering office practices and ASME Y-14.5-2009 standards, including the fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Students gain hands-on experience using 3D printers and learn about a variety of additive manufacturing technologies.
  • Students learn how to use 3D laser scanners and other reverse engineering equipment.

PROGRAM STRENGTHS:

  • Two-time recipient of the Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence
  • Excellent Job Placement – Approximately ninety-five percent of our graduates go directly into the job market, while those remaining may pursue a Baccalaureate degree through VU or another university.
  • Excellent Starting Salaries –Through our placement office, our 2015 graduates reported an average starting salary of $44,300.
  • The department maintains the latest versions of PTC Creo and AutoCAD used in industry.
  • The Industrial Drafting Advisory Committee assists in the evaluation and guidance of curriculum updates.
  • Full-time, industry-experienced faculty continues to stay abreast of industry changes.
  • Faculty works directly with companies and placement office to secure employment for students.
  • Students in the program are advised and counseled by drafting faculty.
  • The department provides annual American Drafting and Design Association certification testing.
  • The department hosts the annual Skills USA contest.
  • The department provides drafting scholarships for qualified students.
  • In-house copying is available.

For more information, please contact:

Joseph Wofford, Program Coordinator

(812) 888-5503

jwofford@vinu.edu

 

Learn more about the courses required for this program.

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes