East Tennessee State University Engineering Technology, Surveying & Digital Media

Product Development


The new ETSU Product Development (Prod Dev) concentration in Engineering Technology is a multidisciplinary, manufacturing-based curriculum designed to educate and prepare students to be multifunctional, creative, and knowledgeable leaders and participants of product design teams.

Graduates will have gained fundamental technical knowledge and also an understanding of the tools, techniques, and processes commonly used throughout industry to rapidly take new products from concept to market including visualization, CAD, CNC, 3D printing, model building, etc. Core technical competence is developed through various laboratory courses in the Department of Technology & Geomatics, while discipline-specific technical knowledge in at least two other areas is gained with a series of directed courses.

Product Development graduates develop skills to help solve the myriad problems associated with taking a product from conception, through design, prototyping, testing, tooling, and into production. Because of the ability of each student to tailor his or her technical sequences to match personal interests, graduates will find numerous employment opportunities in a wide range of design and industrial settings. Prior to graduation, qualified students may take advantage of numerous local and/or regional Co-op (for ETSU credit) or part time/full time (non-credit) employment opportunities to earn money and gain experience.

Graduation Data

Fall 2014 Enrollment: 12
Summer 2014-Spring 2015 Graduates: 3




To graduate from ETSU with a degree in Industrial Technology a student must complete a total of 120 hours. These hours contain:

General Education

ENGL 1010 Critical Reading and Expository Writing

Writing paragraphs and essays based on close readings of various texts, with an emphasis on clear, grammatically correct expository prose. Students must take this course during the first eligible semester at the university. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above to pass this course. These courses do no assign grades C-, D+, or D.

ENGL 1020 Critical Thinking and Argumentation

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or equivalent. Writing essays based on critical analyses of various literary texts. Emphasis on sound argumentative techniques. Requires documented research paper. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above to pass this course. These courses do no assign grades C-, D+, or D.

Oral Communication (choose 1)

Literature (choose 1)

Fine Arts Elective (choose 1)

ENTC 3020 Technology & Society

Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. How does technology impact society and one?s daily life? Historical aspects of the development of technology beginning with Stone Age peoples through the Industrial Revolution, to modern concepts. An atmosphere where group discussions struggle with some of the dilemmas of modern life. (fall, spring, summer)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (choose 1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (choose 1)

HIST 2010 The United States to 1877

A survey of the settlement and development of the colonies, the revolutionary period, the making of the Constitution, the diplomatic, economic, and political problems of the new government, the nature of economic sectionalism, Jacksonian democracy, territorial expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIST 2020 The United States since 1877

Growth of the United States as an industrial and world power since Reconstruction.

MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics – Noncalculus

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra. Descriptive statistics and its relevance, including probability, experimentation, measurement, sampling and surveys, informal statistical inference, and hypothesis testing are included.

PHYS 2010 General Physics I Noncalculus

A survey of the topics in classical physics intended primarily for students in preprofessional curricula and majors in various engineering technology concentrations. (Engineering transfer students should take PHYS 2110.) Topics include mechanics, solids, fluids, and thermodynamics. A good working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry (at least at the high school level) is required before taking this course. Heavy emphasis is made for the solutions to numerical problems. PHYS 2010 is the first semester of a two-semester sequence in general physics. (Many curricula require a laboratory course in physics. Students in these curricula must also take PHYS 2011.) Three hours of lecture each week.

PHYS 2011 General Physics Laboratory I-Noncalculus

Experiments dealing with the basic laws of physics, designed to reinforce and supplement concepts learned in PHYS 2010. A good working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry (at least at the high school level) is required before taking this course. One (2) two-hour lab each week. Note: Lecture courses requiring a lab can be taken together or separately, but must both be completed by graduation.

CHEM 1110 General Chemistry

Corequistes: CHEM 1111. The basic course for students who expect to major in chemistry, as well as those who wish to meet entrance requirements of professional schools. Three (3) hours of lecture-recitation per week. A common grade will be given.

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I

Corequistes: CHEM 1110. One (3) three-hour lab per week. A common grade will be given.

CSCI 1100 Using Information Technology

Students will gain a working knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheets, electronic communication, and online database searching and will learn the skills necessary to integrate electronic information from various sources. Students learn through both lecture and hands-on experience. (fall, spring, summer)

Technology Core Requirements

ENTC 1510 Student in University

This course is meant to provide guidance to first-year university students as they begin their search for directions to take in self-definition, intellectual growth, career choices, and life skills. (fall, spring)


Fundamentals of engineering drawing and sketching: orthographic projections, dimensioning, tolerancing, and scaling. Introduction to the CAD interface and environment; 2D drawing basics; using object snaps, layers, blocks, dimensioning; introduction to 3D modeling; extrusions, revolves, and rendering. (fall, spring, summer)

ENTC 3030 Technical Communication

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. A comprehensive study of technical and professional communication in written and oral form. Covers rhetorical principles and their application in a variety of types of business correspondence, reports, and technical/scientific documents. Lecture and classroom exercises. (fall, spring, summer)

ENTC 4017 Industrial Supervision

Behavioral studies related to supervision. Supervisory functions, motivation, interviewing, and personal advancement. Lecture, case studies, discussions, and reports. (fall, spring)

ENTC 4060 Project Scheduling

Prerequisites: Junior/ Senior standing or instructor approval. A detailed study in planning, organizing, and controlling projects. Computer software is used to schedule projects Emphasis is placed on time, resources, and capital considerations for the project. Lecture, team exercises, extensive laboratory, and presentations. (fall, spring, summer)

ENTC 4600 Technology Practicum

Prerequisites: Senior standing, ENTC 3030, and at least 24 credits in a technology concentration. A senior-level capstone course in advanced problem solving by organized team methods. Requires the student to synthesize and apply subject matter studies in previous required courses. For example, in manufacturing, students will draw upon their knowledge of product design and manufacturing methods to solve a complex problem. Units of instruction will include project planning (GANTT and PERT), human factors, design aesthetics, systems methods, and group dynamics. Major requirements include a team presentation and a comprehensive technical report. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring))

Product Development Core

ENTC 1120 Manufacturing Processes & Specification

Prerequisites: ENTC 1110 or equivalent. The study of manufacturing processes and development of engineering documentation with particular emphasis on size specification and information processes required in a modern manufacturing environment and the physical processes involved in the manufacture of goods. Lecture (spring)

ENTC 2200 Machine Tool Technology

Prerequisites: ENTC 2170 and MATH 1720. The use of metalworking machine tools and accessories including the mill, lathe, saw, drill press, and surface grinder with emphasis on safety, precision measuring tools, and hand tools. Machining characteristics of commonly machined metals, cutting speeds, and feed rates. Cutting tool types, geometry, and applications. Lecture and lab. (fall)

ENTC 2310 Electrical Principles

Prerequisites: MATH 1720. Introduction to electricity, DC circuits, power, DC meters, conductors, insulators, capacitance, magnetism, and electromagnetic induction AC circuits, reactance, impedance, AC power, power factor, and resonance. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

ENTC 3710 Manual CNC Programming

Prerequisites: ENTC 2200. This course has as its primary emphasis the study of the management and production aspects of manufacturing. Students will have the opportunity to learn mass-production principles and methods, including the use of computers and robotics. Laboratory experiences will revolve around the design, planning, and mass production of an item. (spring)

ENTC 4357 CIM Applications

Prerequisites: Junior standing. An interdisciplinary course concerned with the concepts of business, computers, and manufacturing designed to explore the integration of these dynamic disciplines in the development of the Computer- Integrated Enterprise. Field trips, lab activities, and demonstrations will be used to support the lectures. (fall)

Product Development Elective (ENTC/MGMT/appvd)

Student much also choose two of the following areas (one of the choices must be #1 or #2):

1. Electronics/Communication

ENTC 2320 Electronics I

Prerequisites: ENTC 2310, MATH 1840.Devices, rectification, filters, voltage regulation, characteristic curves, graphical analysis of amplification, amplifier configurations, amplifier equivalent circuits, gain equations, static and dynamic load lines, and biasing. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

ENTC 3370 Electronics-Digital Circuits

Prerequisites: One computer science course. Introduction to digital logic, binary numbers and codes, Boolean algebra, gating networks, flipflops, counters, registers, arithmetic circuits, code conversion, decoding, and memory circuits. Lecture and lab. (spring, summer)

ENTC 4277 Instrumentation and Process Control

Prerequisites: ENTC 2310. Theory and laboratory experience pertaining to modern instrumentation, pressure, temperature, liquid level, flow, and automatic controls including PLC’s, and microcomputers. Lecture and lab. (spring)


Choose one of the following:

ENTC 3310 Circuit Analysis

Prerequisites: ENTC 2310 and MATH 1850. Loop equations and node voltage analysis, principles of phasers and complex numbers applied to alternating current circuits, superposition, Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorems, solving circuit problems using the computer. (spring)

ENTC 3340 Electrical Machinery

Prerequisites: ENTC 2310. Motors, generators, alternators, motor controllers, three phase electrical systems, polyphase transformers, wattmeters. Lecture and lab. (fall)

ENTC 4337 Microprocessors

Prerequisites: ENTC 3370. Introduction to microprocessors Instruction is developed around a microprocessor trainer. Topics include assembly language programming, examples of hardware/software tradeoffs, interrupt system, alternative approaches to input/output and timing, the use of programmable LSI devices, and how microcomputers can communicate with external systems. Lecture and lab. (fall)

2. Manufacturing and Materials

ENTC 3600 Manufacturing Technology

Prerequisites: ENTC 2200. This course has as its primary emphasis the study of the management and production aspects of manufacturing. Students will have the opportunity to learn mass-production principles and methods, including the use of computers and robotics. Laboratory experiences will revolve around the design, planning, and mass production of an item. (fall)

ENTC 3240 Engineering Materials and Testing

Prerequisites: ENTC 2200 and CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. A study of modern engineering materials with emphasis on their chemical, physical, and mechanical properties. Experimental determination of structural and processing variables, service behavior, and industrial applications. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 3680 Plastics

Prerequisites: ENTC 1120 and CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. A study of the polymer and composites industries to include products and manufacturing processes, Thermoplastic and thermosetting class studies, injection molding, vacuum forming and other subjects are explored. Lecture and lab. (spring, odd years)


Choose at least one of the following:

ENTC 1610 Woodworking Technology

Woodworking technology is an introductory-level course in woodworking and wood technology with a primary thrust on the development of both cognitive and manipulative aspects related to tools, materials, and processes found in modern wood-related industries. Stresses safety, construction techniques, and a study of allied occupations. Extensive laboratory experience will allow the student the opportunity to design and construct objects using wood and wood products. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 3620 Thermal and Fluid Technologies

Prerequisites: MATH 1840 and PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011. A study of the fundamentals of heat transfer and fluid flow. Topics include modes of heat transfer and material characteristics, hydraulics and fluid systems. Students will choose concluding topics of either hydrology or hydraulic control systems and pneumatics. Laboratory use of personal computers in data acquisition, experiment control, and report writing. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 4237 Ergonomics & Process Optimization

Prerequisites: MATH 1720 and MATH 1530. A study of methods used to improve production, set time standards, and analyze productivity. Lecture and lab. (spring, odd years)

ENTC 4277 Instrumentation & Process Control

Prerequisites: ENTC 2310. Theory and laboratory experience pertaining to modern instrumentation, pressure, temperature, liquid level, flow, and automatic controls including PLC’s, and microcomputers. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 4287 Introduction to Robotics

Prerequisites: CSCI 2100 or permission of instructor. Theory, fundamental concepts, and applications of robotics and computer-aided manufacturing. History, robot elements and types, actuators and manipulators, programmable systems, vision systems, safety, robotic work cells, applications, and economic analysis. Lecture and lab.

3. Digital Media/Visualization

ARTA 1140 3D Design

An examination of threedimensional forms in order to gain a spatial understanding of the elements and principles as applied in design. An exploration in the media, processes, and applications of three-dimensional concepts.

DIGM 1640 Vector-based Imaging or DIGM 1650 Raster-based Imaging

DIGM 1640. Prerequisite or corequisite: DIGM 1100; or permission of instructor. Study of vector-based image production with particular emphasis on postscript illustration and communication. Both technical and design considerations that work to improve the student’s ability to communicate graphically will be addressed. This class features a combination of graphic production projects, critiques, readings, and discussions. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)DIGM 1650. Prerequisite or corequisite: DIGM 1100; or permission of instructor. Study of digital imaging and processing as related to modern industrial problems. Areas of study will include a review of historical methods of manipulating images compared with recent innovations in technology and the use of digital formats. Image design, color usage, and computer-based production of both traditional and digital publications will be studied. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

DIGM 3300 Product Design

Prerequisites: DIGM 3110 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the problems, principles, and processes involved in the ideation, conceptual design, and digital modeling of product design solutions. In this course students will learn about material characteristics, 3-D modeling techniques, and manufacturing methods, and be able to render, model, and design innovative product designs. Lecture and lab. (spring, even years)


Choose one of the following:

ARTA 2501 Introduction to Sculpture

Prerequisites: ARTA 1140. An introduction to sculptural techniques and concepts, including figure study, abstraction, work with clay, wood, plaster, mixed media, and site specific sculpture. Slide lectures covering historical and contemporary approaches to sculpture will be an ongoing component.

DIGM 3010 Principles of Visualization

Prerequisites: DIGM 1640, DIGM 1650, ARTA 1110 or permission of the instructor Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTA 1204. This course provides practical and theoretical knowledge in visualization. Through lectures and studio application of the underlying principles, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of visualization as follows: modeling, lighting, surface rendering, animation, and digital video exporting. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

DIGM 3110 3D Model Design

Prerequisites: DIGM 3010, ARTA 1204 or permission of instructor. Working with state-of-theart software, this course provides an introduction to 3-D model design. Students will learn how to utilize modeling techniques and applications to gain a basic understanding of NURBS, polygon, and subdivision surfaces to design organized virtual models. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

4. Construction/Architecture

ENTC 2160 Architectural CADD

An introduction to the principles of architectural computer-aided drafting. In doing so, the course will analyze residential and commercial floor plans for design flaws and redesign or reverse engineer a better plan using CAD tools and develop a justification and defend decisions made. The course will also involve manipulating 2D and 3D models. (fall, spring, summer)

ENTC 2410 Construction Fundamentals

Introduction to construction materials and systems. Emphasis on interpreting building prints and the analysis of materials of construction. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)


Choose two of the following:

INTD 2105 Historical Interiors I

A historical survey of interiors from antiquity through the 19th century; emphasizing the influence on today’s interiors and architecture. (fall)

INTD 1105 Interior Design Fundamentals

An introduction and overview to the interior design profession including history, building systems, design fundamentals, design process, space planning, and interior finishes and materials.

INTD 2110 Design for Human Behavior

Prerequisites: INTD 1205 and INTD 1215. Exploration of the relationships between the designed environment and the behavior, feelings, and values of occupants. Introduction to proxemics, territoriality, way finding, and other environment/behavior theories.

ENTC 2420 Residential and Commercial Planning

Prerequisites: ENTC 2410. An outline study of architectural styles. The design of an original residential or commercial building developed through consideration of site conditions, space requirements, and adaptability of materials. Student will develop plans and a model. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

ENTC 2440 Mechanical Systems

Prerequisites: ENTC 2420. Corequistes: PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011. A study of the terminology and methods associated with commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and cooling) and plumbing systems. Detailed exercises will be employed in the design of simple systems with emphasis on appropriate equipment types and sizes. Lecture and lab. (spring)

SURV 2550 Surveying Measurement Fundamentals

Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or permission of instructor. Principles of field data acquisition. measurements of distance, angle, and elevation using tapes, transits, and levels. basic surveying computations of elevations, directions, traverse closures and areas, magnetic directions, preparation of topographic maps from radial measurements, basic measurement error theory. Lectures and field labs. (fall; spring; summer, on demand)

The program in Product Development at East Tennessee State University provides education and training to produce graduates who:

  • Possess the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphical/visual modes.
  • Have the knowledge, abilities and skills required to adapt to evolving technological situations and pursue life-long learning.
  • Use acceptable Industry Standards and ethical judgments to identify, evaluate and economically solve complex problems.
  • Are technically qualified and possess the fundamentals of their disciplines to function effectively within a global enterprise.
  • Can function effectively as technologists in the state and regional businesses and industries dealing with product development, design, and service/support systems.
  • Can function effectively in team-oriented, open-ended activities in an product development environment.
  • Can obtain professional goals, achieve desired outcomes, and seek growth opportunities.

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