David Tuders is the Academic Program Chair for the Engineering Design Technology Program at Central Carolina Technical College. He is a graduate of North Central High School in Kershaw County, SC. Tuders holds an associate degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting, and a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development. He has 28 years of experience in various engineering and architecture disciplines, and 11 years of experience as an instructor. Tuders received the E.C. “Red” Kneece Teaching Excellence Award for the 2015-16 academic year at CCTC.
His career began at Cominco American Resources, Inc., where he drew topographic maps used in geological studies. At this time, he was the youngest engineering design professional ever employed by the company. At the age of 19, he assisted in the design of amusement park rides at Childco, Inc. in Easley, SC. Shortly after earning a degree in Computer Aided Design, David became a project manager at Bellsouth’s Record Maintenance Center in Charlotte, NC. At the age of 23 he became a civil engineering technician at Daniel Riddick & Associates, Inc. in Camden, SC. Here he spent 11 years designing numerous community and commercial design projects.
The Engineering Design Technology Program at CCTC offers training in AutoCAD, Inventor and SolidWorks Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. The program also exposes students to many engineering disciplines including: mechanical, architectural, structural, electronics’, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, civil, three-dimensional modeling, and photorealistic rendering. Additionally, students have access to rapid prototyping labs that include 30 different 3D printers. The Engineering Design Technology Program is an associate degree program that can be completed in as few as five semesters.