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Product Development Program

What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.
- Bernice Alexandra (Ray) Eames – Furniture, Industrial and Graphic Designer 

What is Product Development?

Product Development is a series of processes that brings a new or improved product from drawing board to assembly line.  It requires an understanding of manufacturing materials, including plastics and metals, and relies heavily on Computer Aided Design (CAD) to execute models, prototypes and finished products.  Fueled by technology and responsive to market demands, Product Development is at the core of manufacturing success.     

Product Development at Macomb

In Macomb’s Product Development Program, you will learn drafting, modeling and assembly fundamentals as you gain a working knowledge of the CAD software favored by today’s industry leaders.  You will be introduced to industrial drawing, design specifications, ferrous and non-ferrous materials and press working operations. In your Capstone Project, you will work as part of a multi-skilled team to research, design, manufacture and assemble a product during the course of one semester.  

Product Development Courses Macomb

In the Product Development Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Design Principles
  • Theory of Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Industrial & Materials Processes
  • Introduction to SolidWorks & 3D Parametric Solid Modeling
  • Machine Theory-Machine Tool Laboratory 1
  • NX Fundamentals
  • CATIA Essentials
  • Design Intent & Analysis
  • Plastics Design & Manufacturing
  • Product Development Process
  • Jig & Fixture Detailing & Design
  • Student Capstone Project

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Product Development or Certificate in Product Development - CAD

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Product Development or Certificate in Product Development - CAD, you will be qualified for positions that include product designer and industrial designer. 

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor

The credits earned in Macomb’s Product Development Program will transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Product Development Program?

For more information, contact the Product Development program advisors: Professor Harry Buhalis, 586.445.7450, or Professor Jim Carlson, 586.445.7473.

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