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Prototype & Design Program Code 106142

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Prototype and Design program provides students with a unique combination of hand skills and fabrication techniques, focusing on the construction aspect of the design and engineering process. Students will learn to build a variety of three dimensional prototypes and models for use in product development, manufacturing, consumer products, and other related fields. These professionals may also build three dimensional models used for architectural design, mechanical design, and industrial design. Graduates of the Prototype and Design program are skilled in hand fabrication, high quality painting and finishing, 3D drawing software, CNC machining, RTV mold making, and welding with an emphasis on problem solving, and critical thinking. Career opportunities include product development, prototype model builder, engineering design, architectural model builder, RTV mold maker, rapid prototype technician and pattern maker.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Product Development: develops and designs new products through the use of prototypes.

Prototype Model Builder: provides research and development on new products, works with molding, and makes models for all types of industries, such as toy and automobile manufacturers, so that the prototype will look like the finished product before production begins.

Engineering Design: translates engineering data and vendor information into scale prototypes or CAD models for use with Rapid Prototyping Processes. Usually employed in design and development of new products or systems.

Architectural Model Builder: translates, to scale, all architectural drawings using plot plans, elevations, sections, and details to construct three dimensional models using a wide variety of materials and processes.

Rapid Prototype Technician: Creates models with the use of rapid prototype technologies.

Pattern and Mold Maker: fabricates wood, plastic, or metal patterns and molds for casting parts.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Mechanical Prototype Designer
. Model Shop Supervisor
. Computer Numerical Control Machinery Programmer/Operator
. Rapid Prototyping Operator
. Architectural Designer/Model Builder
. Freelance Model Builder

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Develop planning strategies necessary to translate two-dimensional information into a three- dimensional prototype.
. Use critical thinking and problem solving techniques in the construction of a prototype.
. Create a variety of computer aided drawings using AutoCAD and SolidWorks.
. Create programs to be used on CNC (computer numerical control) milling machines using Surf CAM software.
. Construct 3D models using a variety of rapid prototyping processes.
. Produce highly detailed and accurate parts using the laser machining center.
. Fabricate silicone rubber molds and rigid molds suitable for casting.
. Build patterns and molds to be used for vacuum forming.
. Create jigs and fixtures necessary for special machining operations.
. Select and apply a variety of industrial finishes on various materials.
. Effectively estimate the time and cost to design and fabricate a prototype.
. Manage computer files and utilize a variety of technically related software.
. Work efficiently as a part of a team, or independently.
. Safely operate all hand tools, metalworking, and woodworking equipment typically used in a professional model shop.
. Effectively select appropriate materials and adhesives and understand their properties.
. Use proper sanding and finishing techniques on various materials.
. Understand various design and engineering processes as they relate to the Prototype & Design Industry.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. High school background in mathematics and science.
. High school algebra or equivalent.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: (27); Reading: (70); Writing Skills: (74). Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Familiar with Microsoft Word and File Management.


Students following the study plan below will compete the Prototype and Design Technician associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-420-151 Prototype Machine Tool
10-606-113 CAD
10-614-113 2D Essentials
10-614-152 Prototyping-Introduction to
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-804-107 College Mathematics
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-442-153 Prototype Metal Fabrication
10-606-162 SolidWorks Fundamentals
10-606-163 SolidWorks-Intermediate
10-606-166 SolidWorks Loft/Surface
10-614-235 CNC Mach/2D Prog-Intro
10-614-276 Model Finishing
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps

10-614-138 CNC Machining-Adv
10-614-233 Architectural Model Design
10-614-234 Molding Process & Techniques
10-614-236 Rapid Prototype & Additive Mfg
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies

10-614-143 Prototyping Solutions Advanced
10-614-139 Prototype & Design Internship
10-614-174 Models-Machine
10-614-237 Engineering & Mfg Processes
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology


Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-420-151 PROTOTYPE MACHINE TOOL ...introduction to machine shop fundamentals using precision measuring instruments; performing machine tool operations on a metal lathe, vertical and horizontal milling machines and surface grinders; and basic foundry applications.

10-442-153 PROTOTYPE METAL FABRICATION...ferrous and non-ferrous metals, oxyacetylene gas, tungsten arc, gas metal arc, and metal fabrication.

10-606-113 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING) aided drafting using AutoCAD software focusing on template settings; creating and manipulating layers; basic drawing, editing, and inquiry commands; blocks and attributes; and plotting. (Corequisites: 10-607-119, Intro to Civil Engineering Technology OR 10-606-119, Technical Sketching OR 10-614-113, 2D Essentials)

10-606-162 SOLIDWORKS FUNDAMENTALS ...terminology, software operation and interface, creating basic models, casting and forging models. (Corequisite: 10-606-119, Sketching-Technical OR 10-614-113 2D Essentials; familiarity with Windows file management)

10-606-163 SOLIDWORKS-INTERMEDIATE ...creating and manipulating intermediate models using SolidWorks software. Course content includes models requiring the use of revolved and swept features, equations, and thin walled parts. (Prerequisite: 10-606-162, SolidWorks Fundamentals)

10-606-166 SOLIDWORKS LOFT/SURFACE ...necessary to create and manipulate lofted and surface component parts using SolidWorks software. Course content includes lofting, sweeping complex contours, and surfaces. (Prerequisite: 10-606-163, SolidWorks-Intermediate)

10-614-113 2D ESSENTIALS ... an introduction to technical communication, annotation, geometric construction, model, orthographic and pictorial, section and auxiliary views and dimensioning.

10-614-138 CNC MACHINING-ADVANCED ...create three-dimensional prototypes on the CNC machining center using SolidWorks and SurfCAM software with a focus on 3 axis surface machining and multiple part setups and an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. (Prerequisites: 10-614-235, Intro to CNC Mach/2D Prog; 10-606-166, SolidWorks Loft/Surface)

10-614-139 PROTOTYPE & DESIGN INTERNSHIP introduction to model building, safety, tools, materials, flexible mold making, casting, limited run production, techniques and practices as on-the-job training.

10-614-143 PROTOTYPING SOLUTIONS ADVANCED ...comprehensive overview of the design and development process using the skills acquired throughout the program to build a team focused project with an emphasis on project management, critical thinking, problem solving, time management and collaboration. (Prerequisite: 10-614-234, Molding Process & Techniques)

10-614-152 PROTOTYPING-INTRODUCTION TO ...introduction to the prototype & design industry using a variety of shop tools and equipment, machine processes, and fabrication techniques with an emphasis on shop safety, hand skills, accuracy, professionalism, and working within specified tolerances to build three dimensional models.

10-614-174 MODELS-MACHINE ...moving models, preliminary through final prototype; plastic mechanisms, motions, characteristics, combinations, mechanical advantages, fits, clearances, threads, gears, levers, cams, motors, fasteners, and methods. (Prerequisite: 10-614-235, Intro to CNC Mach/2D Prog)

10-614-233 ARCHITECTURAL MODEL DESIGN ...planning and construction of architectural models focusing on layout, fabrication, material selection, painting, attention to details, project planning, portfolio creation and presentation. (Prerequisites: 10-614-152, Prototype Introduction to; 10-606-113, CAD)

10-614-234 MOLDING PROCESS & TECHNIQUES ...utilizing proper RTV, plaster, and rigid molding techniques and procedures in the creation of detail replicas; estimating costs and time of projects. (Prerequisite: 10-614-152, Prototyping-Introduction to; 10-606-166, SolidWorks Loft/Surface)

10-614-235 CNC MACH/2D PROGRAM-INTRODUCTION TO ...introduction to CNC machining and programming using computer drawing software such as AutoCAD and SurfCAM, to produce three dimensional models from 2D geometry with an emphasis on machining materials used in the prototype & design industry. (Prerequisites: 10-606-113, CAD; 10-614-152, Prototyping-Introduction to)

10-614-236 RAPID PROTOTYPE & ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ...research and use of rapid prototyping technologies in the creation of complex 3D models, from SolidWorks or from other sources, overview upcoming technologies in the rapid prototyping field, estimating time and cost of build, finishing FFM/SLS/SLA rapid prototype parts for secondary step, and client/provider relationships. (Prerequisite: 10-614-152 Prototyping-Introduction to; 10-606-166, SolidWorks Loft/Surface)

10-614-237 ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING PROCESSES introduction into the manufacturing & production environment, illustrating the basic concepts of machine setup and fixture design, pattern making, material selection, thermoforming, die making, short run production molds. (Prerequisite: 10-614-234, Molding Process/Tech; 10-614-138, CNC Machining-Advanced)

10-614-276 MODEL FINISHING ...using a variety of spray guns and air brushes to apply paint products to a number of different surfaces. Proper preparation, sanding, masking, and vinyl stenciling procedures will be covered as well as correct clear coat buffing and polishing.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Compass Algebra = 45 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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