Precision Engineering & Design Technology
High-tech, highly skilled, high paying
U.S. production is complex and high-tech, required talented, hands-on problem solvers with good math and technical skills. All metal, plastic, and electronic parts, products, and systems are first designed and developed by engineers, backed by the skilled handiwork of technicians and support people. All kinds of students – techies, entrepreneurs, and engineering novices – can find something within this field to fit their interests, abilities, and postsecondary goals. Investigate the career paths and salary ranges.
Will you be part of the solution?
Baby Boomers are retiring from precision engineering/manufacturing, and there are not enough young people at this point to take their place in research, design, development, and manufacturing. Find out how your creativity, technical skills, and eye for accuracy can translate into a well-paying 21st Century career.
What will my classes be like?
Discover how 2D modeling software like Revit, AutoCAD (computer aided design), Inventor, or Adobe fuels creativity and innovation in fields as diverse as architecture, construction, manufacturing, civil engineering, biomedical technology and more. The precision engineering field can include precision controls, replication, and fabrication; optics and optical fabrication; nanotechnology; metrology (measurement); interferometry (electromagnetic wave technology); and materials processing. It sounds futuristic, because it is!
If your passion is ultra-precision production, discover how CAD interfaces with CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software tools and robotic production systems. Use 3D parametric solid part modeling software and create prototypes with TCD's 3D printers. You will learn how to control sophisticated Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines and how to program and operate CNC machining and turning centers.
Whether you pursue an apprenticeship or a degree after high school, you will have the skills to succeed in a high-tech field with broad applications and opportunities!
educational options from high school to university
Did you know? From Choose DuPage:
The manufacturing sector of the economy in DuPage County is the fifth most important employment sector, featuring the fourth highest wages and benefits.
DuPage County was named one of twelve "manufacturing communities in the nation" by the U.S. Department of Commerce, based on DuPage County's economic development strengths and plans for enhancing the manufacturing sector within the region. With this designation, DuPage County has the ability to access $1.3 billion in federal grants and provide many opportunities to expand private sector investment in manufacturing.