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Academic CredentialCertificate
Total Credit Hours12
Academic PathwayBusiness, Industry, Technology, Manufacturing
AdvisorMax Sisson PE, CDFM
Instructional Coordinator, Engineering Technology
850.769.1551 ext. 4012

Academic Program Support SpecialistJordan Hale

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Rapid Prototyping Specialist, Certificate

Would You Like a Career Working With Three-Dimensional Computer-Aided Design Data?

Rapid prototyping manufacturing (RPM) is an industry that uses existing and cutting-edge technologies to construct physical 3D objects.  Used mainly in high-end product design, rapid prototyping can shorten product development cycle times and lead to more efficient and effective processes.  RPM is often associated with additive manufacturing, CNC machining and injection molding.

This certificate will prepare students for initial employment in various specialized areas of industry that use digital design and modeling, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing and CNC machining technologies.

The 12 credit hour certificate articulates directly into the AS-Engineering Technology-Digital Manufacturing specialization.  Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field or pursue the AS degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree.

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Rapid Prototyping Specialist Course Requirements

ETD1320C, Introduction to CAD
ETD2383C, Intermediate CAD/CAE/CAM
ETD2371C, Introduction to 3D Printing
ETD2372, Advanced Rapid Prototyping

What can you do with a Rapid Prototyping Specialist Certificate?

In this field, people find careers as:

Business Analyst
Software Developer
User Experience Designer
Product Designer
UX Lead

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
Florida State University - Panama City
University of Central Florida

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