Design Engineering Technology

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The Design Engineering Technology (DET) program teaches you a broad range of technical skills that prepare you for a rewarding career in mechanical design. The course work focuses on the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software to teach the engineering design process, principles of design for manufacturing, and creation of engineering drawings. As a student you will use CAD software as a tool for developing design solutions.  A few areas you will study are:

  • 3D Computer-aided design (CAD) software: SOLIDWORKS, CREO, AutoCAD 
  • Manufacturing processes: 3D printing, milling/turning, CNC machining, injection molding
  • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Engineering drawing creation
  • Prototyping and design/build projects

Engineering Design Technology Curriculum 

Curriculum is based on the 2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

Career Outlook for Design Engineering Technology Degree

There are a wide variety of career options for you as a DET student. DET students work for a range of small to large, design/manufacturing companies in product design and development. DET graduates earn competitive salaries by applying design principles to design components, products, systems, and/or tooling. Job titles of DET graduates include: 

  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • CAD Specialist
  • Designer


The following scholarships are available to Design Engineering Technology students at Murray State University:

  • Professional Engineering Honor Scholarship
  • Carl L. Keesler Memorial Scholarship
  • John R. Farrel Memorial Scholarship
  • Charles H. "Jack" and June H. Biggart Scholarship
  • Joe Pat and Frances Jane Knight Scholarship
  • Industry and Technology Scholarship
  • Dr. Hugh L. Oakly Honorary Scholarship
  • Paul and Nina Richard Lyons Scholarship

More information is available from the Scholarship Office.

Student Activities

The Design Engineering Technology (DET) student organization exists to foster relationships amongst classmates and faculty outside of the classroom. DET student advisors and faculty create fun and engaging activities such as:

  • On-site industry visits to experience real-world design, engineering and manufacturing
  • Game nights: board games, video games, V/R
  • Sporting events: wiffle ball, kickball, wallyball
  • Outdoor cookouts: typically one in the fall and spring   

Contact Us

Dr. Rudy Ottway

Program Coordinator
School of Engineering


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