Award-Winning Program

De Anza's Design and Manufacturing Technologies Department has been recognized by the state Chancellor's "Workforce Stars" initiative for strong performance in these areas:
  • Students in the CNC Machinist program increased their earnings by 71%
  • More than 80% of CNC Machinist students earned at or above the regional living wage

Careers in Design and Manufacturing Technologies

Every manufactured object, from a rubber shoe sole to the gears in a car, requires technical drawings or computer models that describe its physical shape.

Designers and engineers create models and, with the help of computer-aided design (CAD) software, develop the plans for manufacturing individual components and the final assembled product.

Production engineers, computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, CNC programmers, mold makers and other skilled workers use those plans to configure and operate CNC machines, 3D printers and other equipment used to manufacture the products.

Employment Outlook: 2016-2026

  • The number of jobs for mechanical engineering technicians is expected to grow by 7.3%
  • Jobs for industrial engineering technicians are expected to increase 7.5%
  • Jobs for computer numerically controlled (CNC) programmers are expected to increase 23%

These ten-year projections are calculated by California's Employment Development Department, which collects data about the state's workforce and economic trends.

Design and Manufacturing Technologies Programs at De Anza

two students at CNC machineThe Design and Manufacturing Technologies Department offers courses, certificates and degrees for both entry-level students and professionals seeking to increase their skills.

The department has accreditation from the National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS) and is a Haas Technical Education Center and authorized Mastercam Training Center. 

Programs include Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machining, Coordinate Measuring Machining (CMM), Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) and 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.

Design and Manufacturing Technologies

  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - CNC Research and Development MachinistDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - CNC Research and Development Machinist

    The Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.S. degree teaches students the fundamentals of conventional and CNC machine tools. Students learn to set up safely and operate manual mills, lathes, surface grinders and CNC equipment, including vertical and horizontal mills, lathes and rotary multiaxis components. They also learn to produce word address programs with CAD/CAM software. Students are taught to dimension and inspect parts using various inspection methods, and to analyze materials and processes used in manufacturing. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment working closely with engineers in a research and development environment.

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  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Product Model MakingDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Product Model Making

    Students in the Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.S. degree are taught the fundamentals of Product Model Making. Students learn the safe set-up of CNC equipment, how to design and construct three-dimensional objects using CAD/CAM software, and how to analyze materials and processes used in prototype model making. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment working in design-stage product development, and prototype and model making environments.

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  • Certificate of Achievement - Computer Aided Design - MechanicalDetails for Certificate of Achievement - Computer Aided Design - Mechanical

    Students pursuing De Anza College’s Computer Aided Design - Mechanical Certificate of Achievement will receive education in the fundamentals of CAD that combines the use of two types of design graphic software packages. Students will learn substantive job skills in Creo and SolidWorks CAD systems that will make them employable in industrial and mechanical engineering and design.

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  • Certificate of Achievement - CNC MachinistDetails for Certificate of Achievement - CNC Machinist

    The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Certificate of Achievement teaches students the fundamentals of conventional and CNC machine tools. Students learn how to set up safely and operate manual mills and lathes and construct word address programs for the set-up and operation of CNC mills. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment in manufacturing facilities as set up persons, machine operators and production workers. This certificate is part of a career ladder. Students may also choose to complete a Certificate of Achievement-Advanced or A.S. degree.

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  • Certificate of Achievement - CNC Programming - CAD/CAMDetails for Certificate of Achievement - CNC Programming - CAD/CAM

    The CNC Programming - CAD/CAM Certificate of Achievement teaches students 2D, 3D, lathe and multi-axis machine tool programming. Students learn to construct geometry, select tools, and produce and verify tool paths. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment as entry-level programmers in prototype and production manufacturing facilities. This certificate is part of a career ladder. Students may also choose to complete a Certificate of Achievement- Advanced or A.S. degree in CNC Machinist.

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  • Certificate of Achievement - Quality Control TechnicianDetails for Certificate of Achievement - Quality Control Technician

    The Quality Control Technician Certificate of Achievement prepares students in the fundamentals of machining techniques, dimensional metrology, interpretation of multiview engineering prints, and applied geometric inspection dimensioning and tolerancing (ASME Y14.5m). Students also learn the correct operation of coordinate measuring machines (CMM) and the principles of manufacturing quality control and associated standards. Students in the Quality Control Technician program are instructed on how to inspect parts using various inspection methods; interpret drawings used in manufacturing; and record, analyze and document findings using various quality assurance procedures. Program students also learn the safe set-up and operation of CMM and related measuring instruments. Upon completion of the certificate requirements, students are prepared for employment in manufacturing facilities as quality control inspectors and technicians.

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  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - CNC MachinistDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - CNC Machinist

    The CNC Machinist Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.S. degree teaches students the fundamentals of CNC machine tools. Students learn safe set-up, editing and operation of CNC equipment, including vertical and horizontal mills, lathes and rotary multi-axis components. Students are taught to dimension and inspect parts using various inspection methods, and to analyze materials and processes used in manufacturing. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment in manufacturing facilities as CNC set-up persons and machine operators.

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  • Associate in Science - CNC Research and Development MachinistDetails for Associate in Science - CNC Research and Development Machinist

    The Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.S. degree teaches students the fundamentals of conventional and CNC machine tools. Students learn to set up safely and operate manual mills, lathes, surface grinders and CNC equipment, including vertical and horizontal mills, lathes and rotary multiaxis components. They also learn to produce word address programs with CAD/CAM software. Students are taught to dimension and inspect parts using various inspection methods, and to analyze materials and processes used in manufacturing. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment working closely with engineers in a research and development environment.

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  • Associate in Science - Product Model MakingDetails for Associate in Science - Product Model Making

    Students in the Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.S. degree are taught the fundamentals of Product Model Making. Students learn the safe set-up of CNC equipment, how to design and construct three-dimensional objects using CAD/CAM software, and how to analyze materials and processes used in prototype model making. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment working in design-stage product development, and prototype and model making environments.

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  • Associate in Science - CNC MachinistDetails for Associate in Science - CNC Machinist

    The CNC Machinist Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.S. degree teaches students the fundamentals of CNC machine tools. Students learn safe set-up, editing and operation of CNC equipment, including vertical and horizontal mills, lathes and rotary multi-axis components. Students are taught to dimension and inspect parts using various inspection methods, and to analyze materials and processes used in manufacturing. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment in manufacturing facilities as CNC set-up persons and machine operators.

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In addition to the programs listed above, you may be able to apply courses in this department toward General Education requirements.

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