Can you picture yourself working in as an architectural or mechanical designer or technologist? Do you want a career that does not require numerous courses in mathematics or science, but gives you multiple levels of hands-on experience?

The purpose of the design program is to prepare graduates for careers as design technologists; architectural and mechanical. As a design technologist, you may work independently, or you may work as a member of a design team, or you may supervise a design team or manage a design project. Your academic preparation in design focuses on contemporary design practices found in the various engineering disciplines as well as in architecture. Extensive use of technology, including the Internet and design-based programs, are stressed. Opportunities to gain real-life, hands-on experiences are plentiful. These opportunities include but are not limited to part-time and temporary jobs and paying and non-paying co-op or internship positions.

Each graduate will possess knowledge and to demonstrate skills in applying design and drafting concepts and nationally recognized standards and practices to the solution of a broad and varied range of design problems. The BS in design degree is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Professional opportunities upon graduation are most commonly found among the various engineering disciplines and in the field of architecture. Accordingly, two program options are available.

The architectural technology concentration prepares graduates for careers in architectural and engineering firms, site development, building construction, and related fields. Graduates develop plans, specifications, construction drawings and related architectural and construction documentation.

The mechanical technology concentration prepares graduates for careers in application of machine and mechanical system principles to the development of automated systems and equipment. Graduates often work as a part of an engineering team engaged in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving all aspects of mechanical systems.

ECU Advantage

Design program faculty ensure that graduates are prepared to enter the profession immediately with the most up-to-date knowledge and skill relevant to the field. Students in this program often leave with a wealth of professional experiences, certifications from American Design Drafting Association (the national organization) in architectural and mechanical design technology and from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, and experiences presenting before large groups. Although there are some mathematics and science requirements that contribute to the larger understanding of the design field, the major courses provide hands-on experience from the first year through graduation to provide a continuous, practical, education for its students. Graduates in design are prepared to work immediately in the design field after graduation, and will have the knowledge and experience to be competitive in the profession. Graduates can expect a median salary range of $47,000 to $60,000, with a bachelor's degree.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Robert Chin (207 Science and Technology Building; 252-328-9648; chinr@ecu.edu)

The design program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra

  • PHIL 2274 - Business Ethics or
  • PHIL 2275 - Professional Ethics

  • PHYS 1250 - General Physics I
  • PHYS 1251 - General Physics Laboratory I
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology
2. Core - 56 s.h.
  • DESN 2034 - Engineering Graphics I
  • DESN 2035 - Engineering Graphics I Laboratory
  • DESN 2036 - Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
  • DESN 2037 - Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Laboratory
  • DESN 3032 - Engineering Graphics II
  • DESN 3033 - Engineering Graphics II Laboratory
  • DESN 4030 - Descriptive Geometry
  • DESN 4031 - Descriptive Geometry Laboratory
  • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business
  • IENG 2020 - Materials and Processes Technology
  • IENG 2021 - Materials and Processes Technology Laboratory
  • IENG 3600 - Statics and Strength of Materials
  • space
  • ITEC 2000 - Industrial Technology Applications of Computer Systems or
  • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers

  • ITEC 2054 - Electricity/Electronics Fundamentals
  • ITEC 2055 - Electricity/Electronics Fundamentals Laboratory
  • ITEC 2080 - Thermal and Fluid Systems
  • ITEC 2081 - Thermal and Fluid Systems Laboratory
  • ITEC 2090 - Electromechanical Systems
  • ITEC 2091 - Electromechanical Systems Laboratory

  • ITEC 3200 - Introduction to Statistical Process Control or
  • MATH 2283 - Statistics for Business

  • ITEC 3290 - Technical Writing
  • ITEC 3292 - Industrial Safety
  • ITEC 3300 - Technology Project Management

  • ITEC 3800 - Cost and Capital Project Analysis or
  • FINA 3004 - Survey of Financial Management

  • ITEC 4293 - Industrial Supervision or
  • MGMT 3202 - Fundamentals of Management

  • ITEC 4300 - Quality Assurance Concepts
  • MATH 1074 - Applied Trigonometry
3. Concentration areas - 22 s.h.

(Choose one)

    Architectural technology (22 s.h.)
    • DESN 3030 - Architectural Drafting
    • DESN 3031 - Architectural Drafting Laboratory
    • DESN 3036 - Architectural Design and Drafting
    • DESN 3037 - Architectural Design and Drafting Laboratory
    • DESN 3038 - Sustainable Design
    • DESN 3039 - Sustainable Design Laboratory
    • Cognate requirements:
      • BIOL 1060 - Environmental Biology * and
      • BIOL 1061 - Environmental Biology Laboratory
      • or
      • GEOL 1700 - Environmental Geology *

      • Choose 9 s.h. from the following:
        • PLAN 1900 - Sustainable Cities
        • PLAN 2410 - Fundamentals of GIS
        • PLAN 3021 - Introduction to Planning Techniques
        • PLAN 3041 - Computer Applications in Planning
        • PLAN 4003 - Urban Form and Design
        • PLAN 4025 - Housing and Neighborhood Planning
        • PLAN 4050 - World Architecture and Urbanism

        *May count towards the required general education natural science requirement.

      Mechanical technology (22 s.h.)
      • DESN 3230 - Rapid Prototyping
      • DESN 3231 - Rapid Prototyping Laboratory
      • DESN 3234 - Jig and Fixture Design
      • DESN 3235 - Jig and Fixture Design Laboratory
      • DESN 3236 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
      • DESN 3237 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Laboratory
      • IENG 2076 - Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
      • IENG 2077 - Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Laboratory
      • IENG 3020 - Robotics in Computer Integrated Manufacturing
      • IENG 3021 - Robotics in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory
      • IENG 3300 - Plant Layout and Materials Handling
      • Cognate requirements:
        • PHYS 1260 - General Physics II *
        • PHYS 1261 - General Physics Laboratory II
        • Note:

          *May count towards the required general education natural science requirement.

      4. General electives to complete requirements for graduation.
        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

        Careers With This Degree

        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

        • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
        • Civil Drafters
        • Scientific and Technical Services
        • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

        Career Opportunities

        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

        NC Tower

        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

        • Self-employed;
        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
        • Work outside of North Carolina.

        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

        Degree-specific internships

        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.