Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Manufacturing Engineering Technology—Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, BS
What is the study of Manufacturing Engineering Technology—Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing?
The Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) option develops students with the expertise in advanced 3D parametric modeling and in the planning and programming of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) equipment used for designing and fabricating products and tooling. It builds upon a fundamental understanding of materials, processes, business, and economics introduced in the program. Whether the finished product is an athletic shoe or a jet airplane, the logical set of events that take place to produce that product must be planned and conceived in advance. The option builds upon the fundamental understanding of product form, function, materials, processes, business, and economics introduced in the core MET program.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
MET majors can declare under a CAD/CAM option. This is geared towards preparing technologists who are knowledgeable in the use of 3D parametric modeling, tool, path planning and CNC programming and operations for product/tooling design and fabrication.
This program provides the technical ability to convert product ideas into reality through the systematic use of software, processes, and equipment. These skills and the ability to supervise and manage the underlying technologies are critical to a wide range of technical industries. Graduates of this program hold positions in product/tooling design, manufacturing, and management throughout the Northwest.
Graduates of this program are employed in:
- Product/tooling design and CAD modeling
- Engineering Drafting
- Programming and operation of CNC equipment
- Consulting in CAD/CAM technologies
- Supervision and management