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  • Additive and Digital Manufacturing

    Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online classes.
    Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

    • Additive and Digital Manufacturing — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)

About the Program

Advanced digital manufacturing, typically called 3D printing, is expanding new dimensions found in traditional manufacturing settings. Increasingly our high-technology economy is dependent on having a supply of qualified and skilled “digital workers” who possess skills in computer-based design/simulation, electronics, programming, mechanics, 3D printing, and manufacturing automation to develop and maintain advanced digital-based manufacturing systems used in business and today’s industry.

Digital Manufacturing technologists use principles and theories of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to solve technical problems in today’s manufacturing environments. An engineering technician, today, will combine fundamental principles of mechanical engineering technology, digital technology, and computer automation knowledge utilizing electrical and electronic circuits to design, develop, test, and manufacture systems.

This program prepares students to work as applied digital technologists in industries where manufacturing process utilize systems of control and automation in manufacturing. Graduates of the Additive Digital Manufacturing program may develop and test industrial process control systems, supervise the building and testing of prototypes including 3D printing, supervise and conduct the installation and operation of automated machine systems, and work in the rapidly growing IoT (Internet of Everything) field.  Graduates will be able to calibrate and control automated machine cells, assist in applied research under the direction of scientists and engineers, and set up and operate specialized diagnostic equipment in order to test, trouble shoot, and analyze performance.

The program has an emphasis on communication, leadership, project management, and digital manufacturing ecosystems.

Read more about how the Additive and Digital Manufacturing program is addressing a worker shortage.

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Student working in the Fab Lab

Potential Job Titles

Student working in the Fab Lab
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Prototyping Technician
  • Advanced Manufacturing Quality technician
  • Process Designer
  • Mechanical Designer

Salary Data

Mechanical Engineering Technologists
Average Wage: $29.11/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu

Learning Outcomes

Additive and Digital Manufacturing - AAS 60 Credits

  • Apply knowledge of digital fabrication techniques and methods used in prototype and manufacturing.
  • Create prototypes using digital fabrication techniques.
  • Effectively use electronic diagnostic instrumentation.
  • Develop technical specifications, detail and assembly schematics, and diagrams for machine automation & controls.
  • Design and construct integrated computer controlled electrical, mechanical, and fluid systems to achieve proper system operation.
  • Apply math, science, art and technology principles to solve problems.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form in an industrial/engineering/additive manufacturing environment.
  • Document technical information through descriptive writing, sketches/diagrams mathematical expression, computation, and graphs.
  • Think logically and critically.
  • Accurately measure and record values using common precision measuring equipment.
  • Program robots and programmable logic controllers effectively, efficiently and safely.
  • Articulate professional and ethical behavior and understand the consequences of irresponsible behavior and actions.