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Product Development

Concept to Completion

Producing prototypes

Within the design studios of most major manufacturers, product developers are transforming a concept into a 3D prototype complete with manufacturing specifications. 

If you see yourself in front of that CAD (computer-aided design) screen, let us help you get there!

Our associate degree program operates like a real-world design studio. You’ll spend your last semester working with a multiskilled team to research, design, manufacture and assemble a product.

For a look at all the courses in our program, consult the course list.

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Product Development

A faculty of mentors

Our faculty are product designers and developers who have worked in or are still working in the field and want to see you join their ranks.

They’ll teach you, mentor you and sometimes recruit you for their studios.

Your courses will include:

  • CATIA Essentials
  • Design Intent & Analysis
  • Design Principles
  • Industrial & Materials Processes
  • Introduction to SolidWorks & 3D Parametric Solid Modeling
  • Jig & Fixture Detailing & Design
  • Plastics Design & Manufacturing
  • Theory of Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • And more!

And the credits you earn will transfer to a four-year college or university if you intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree and a product management position.

Ready to start developing your career?

Our program advisors: Professor Harry Buhalis, 586.445.7450, or Professor Jim Carlson, 586.445.7473, would love to hear from you!

A design studio is calling

There’s a shortage of product developers and you can expect to be hired for one of them shortly after you graduate. 

Use this handy tool to see what’s available and what you can expect to earn.

If you need help with the job search, our Career Services team is here to assist, including the assembly of an impressive resume.