Design Engineering Technology


Make form functional with design engineering technology

The most beautifully designed product in the world is useless if it doesn’t work. The Bachelor of Science in design engineering technology program at Trine University will teach you to design products that function well while remaining as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

This demanding program is well-recognized in industry for equipping talented, very creative design engineers who are ready to contribute.

The degree: Cutting-edge software, broad engineering base

The Bachelor of Science in design engineering technology degree incorporates industry standard design software packages including NX, Creo Elements, SolidWorks and AutoCAD into applied engineering coursework.

Program elements are presented within a broad conceptual base of design engineering, manufacturing, quality and management systems, allowing students to choose minors in:

The Bachelor of Science in design engineering technology is designed so that students interested in continuing their education can move seamlessly into Trine’s Master of Science in Engineering Management program or, as many do, into an MBA program.

The experience: Hands-on experience with the latest tech

The Bachelor of Science in design engineering technology program at Trine University will engage you by providing hands-on use of leading-edge technology.

You will be guided by faculty with relevant industry experience who apply engineering concepts through hands-on lab experiences. You will participate in an abundance of group projects. Many of our students pursue internships and co-ops.

You will enjoy the most modern, advanced resources, including a plastics engineering and processing center, plastics testing lab, advanced manufacturing and machining lab, additive manufacturing lab, reverse engineering and laser scanning lab, and state-of-the-art computer centers and classrooms.

The result: Successful careers in many fields

The placement rate of 100 percent for the last four years and starting salaries that average $68,000, with many approaching $90,000, demonstrate the great return on this investment in your future. The high quality of the program continues to prepare students to enter and succeed in industries including aerospace, automotive, plastics and biomedical, with a wide variety of specializations and leadership roles.

Additional Information


The Bachelor of Science in Design Engineering Technology has opportunities for internships and co-operative employment for those interested in gaining an applied engineering experience in industry. Students in the Co-operative Employment Program alternate semesters working with a partner company at their facility for one semester, and taking classes the next. A minimum of three work assignments is required to complete the program.

Typical initial assignments include updating engineering drawings, creating solid models from existing drawings, running a routine test or monitoring the quality of manufactured products. Typical final assignments include designing a new product or process, developing and supervising a test procedure, or developing and implementing a quality control program.

Below is a partial list of our Co-op and internship partners:

  • Ariel Corporation
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Keystone RV
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Lippert Components
  • Metal Technologies, Inc.
  • Multimatic
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Rieke Corporation
  • Shambaugh & Sons
  • Therma-Tru

With your BS in Design Engineering Technology from Trine University, your engineering career opportunities are endless. Typical opportunities for our graduates have been in  areas including vehicle design, chassis design, product development, process engineering, quality, manufacturing engineering and technical sales. These roles encompass all types of engineering companies.

Our design engineering technology graduates received an average annual starting salary of $68,000 and have 100% placement. Many students are nearing $90,000 to start.

A partial listing of companies who have recently hired our DET graduates include:

For additional information on career opportunities, contact the Trine University Career Services Office by calling  260.665.4143,
e-mail or visit Career Services online.

This degree has a pathway for you to complete your undergraduate degree in three years. Learn more about the Three Years Full Throttle degree path.
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.

Program Information


BS Design Engineering Technology

Program Feature

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122 hours



Campus Location

Angola, IN

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