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Mechanical Design Technology Program Code 106061

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.

Mechanical Design Technology prepares learners for employment as machine designers. Mechanical Design Technicians assist Product Engineers by detailing sections of the design. Detailing includes selecting standard parts such as bearings, couplings, and fasteners; sizing machine members; and preparing necessary documentation for detail and assembly drawings. Most of the work is done on a computer.

Employment Potential

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

Detailer: produces detailed drawings of parts of machines from supplied information on CAD, and make drawing changes to comply with Engineering Change Notices (ECN’s)/ Engineering Change Requests (ECR’s).

Mechanical Design Technician: applies knowledge of mechanical engineering technology to design, develop, and test new or revised machinery; assists in component selection and sizing of machine members; has duties split between design and drafting and may specialize in a specific type of machine or product. Most work is performed on a computer.

Mechanical Drafter: has the principal duty of preparing working drawings of machinery and mechanical devices using CAD systems to draft detail and assembly drawings indicating dimensions and tolerances, materials, surface finishes, joining requirements, and other engineering data.

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

. Mechanical Designer (Product Designer)
. Lead Designer
. Project Engineer
. Technical Sales/Service Representative

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 906061, CAD ( Computer Aided Drafting) Certificate
. 906062, Parametric Modeling Certificate

Note

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

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

. Draw principal, auxiliary, and sectional views.
. Identify the general characteristics of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites.
. Apply lean manufacturing principles to component design.
. Analyze cost of components.
. Participate as a member of a manufacturing team.
. Evaluate material options and select materials for machine components.
. Use mechanical, architectural, metric and civil scales to plot scalable prints of drawings.
. Research information on the Internet.
. Maintain files on a personal computer.
. Operate word processing and spreadsheet programs.
. Analyze displacement, velocity and acceleration of machine members.
. Analyze stresses caused by forces acting on bodies at rest.
. Analyze forces acting on bodies at rest.
. Sketch orthographic and isometric views.
. Use catalogs or Internet sites to select standard components in machine design.
. Dimension mechanical drawings according to conventional ANSI Y14 standards and GDT standards.
. Draw weldments and sheet metal layouts.
. Create cams using a parametric modeler and CNC program.
. Calculate gear train ratios.
. Create basic models using a parametric modeler.
. Design simple mechanical devices.
. Draw detail and assembly drawings.
. Prepare electrical/electronic documentation for machine control.
. Understand application of electromechanical devices and servos.
. Display attitudes consistent with the profession.
. Work in an organized manner, documenting work performed.
. Use Machinery's Handbook as a reference source.
. Apply various manufacturing methods and techniques as they relate to Mechanical Design.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Algebra: (45); Reading: (77); 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.
. A high school background in mathematics, science and industrial education.
. High school algebra or equivalent.
. Familiar with Microsoft Word and File Management.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Mechanical Design Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-103-131 Micro: Excel-Intro
1
10-606-111 Mechanical Design-Exploring
1
10-606-116 CAD-Intro
1
10-606-119 Sketching-Technical
2
10-606-210 SolidWorks Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs
3
10-606-211 Mech AutoCAD Fund
2
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
4
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER

10-442-153 Prototype Metal Fabrication
2
10-606-213 CAD-Auxiliary & Flat Pattern
2
10-606-214 Fabrication & Assembly Design
4
10-614-204 Additive Manufacturing
1
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
3
10-806-154 General Physics 1
4
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

10-420-173 Mechanical Design-CNC
2
10-606-135 Machine Members-Strength
5
10-606-158 SW Sheetmetal, Weldment, Loft
3
10-606-159 Materials Science
3
10-606-212 CAD-ECD
1
10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
1
10-620-165 Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
1
10-664-100 Automation 1: Control Logic
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-606-141 Design Problems
3
10-606-143 Mechanisms
3
10-606-215 SolidWorks Simulation
2
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
17

TOTAL CREDITS
69

Suggested Electives
10-660-104, DC 1: Introduction
10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits
10-660-107, AC 1: Properties

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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

10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.

10-420-173 MECHANICAL DESIGN - CNC ...2 axis CNC, 3 axis CNC and importing files. (Prerequisite: 10-606-210, SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs; 10-606-211, Mech AutoCAD Fundamentals)

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

10-606-111 MECHANICAL DESIGN EXPLORING ...philosophy/organization/procedure of the Mechanical Design Technology Program, brief overview of the engineering profession by involvement in a design project to illustrate basic concepts/methods of machine design.

10-606-116 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING)-INTRODUCTION ...CAD terminology, drawing preliminaries, basic inquiry and setting commands, layer setting and manipulation, basic drawing and display commands, basic edit commands, and plotting, using AutoCAD software.

10-606-119 SKETCHING-TECHNICAL ...graphically describe objects without CAD system or mechanical drawing aids; fundamental components of design process: lettering, geometric construction, orthographic projection, isometric sketching, section views, auxiliary views, and dimensioning. (Pre-requisite: student must be in Mechanical Design program or pre-program to enroll)

10-606-135 MACHINE MEMBERS-STRENGTH ...force analysis, moments, truss and frame analysis, simple stress, properties of materials, joint design, centroids and moments of inertia, beam design, shafting design, combined stresses, columns. (Prerequisites: 10-806-154, General Physics 1; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-606-141 DESIGN PROBLEMS ...data gathering, mathematics, document standard practices, project management and teamwork. [Prerequisites: 10-606-126, Geometric Dimensioning/Tol; 10-606-135, Machine Members-Strength; 10-606-103, 2D CAD Adv; (10-606-158, SolidWorks Adv OR 10-606-160, SolidWorks Sheet Metal AND 10-606-166, SolidWorks Loft & Surface)]

10-606-143 MECHANISMS ...study of motion, vector equations and sense notation, basic motion concepts, kinematic drawing and displacement, velocities in mechanisms, accelerations in mechanisms, CAM motions, and gear trains. (Prerequisites: 10-806-154, General Physics 1; 10-606-113, CAD; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-606-157 SOLIDWORKS FUNDAMENTALS AND DRAWINGS ...terminology, software operation and interface basics, creating basic models, creating casting and forging models, revolved features, SolidWorks drawing environment and fully dimensioned orthographic drawings. (Corequisite: 10-606-119, Sketching-Technical, OR 10-614-113, 2D Essentials Sketching-Technical; Prerequisite: Familiarity with Windows file management)

10-606-158 SOLIDWORKS SHEETMETAL, WELDMENT, LOFT ...sweeps, equations, configurations, draft, base and derived parts, assemblies, assembly drawings, auxiliary, section and special views, sheet metal, lofting, surfacing, and core and cavity. (Prerequisite: 10-606-157, SolidWorks Fund and Drawings OR 10-606-163, SolidWorks-Intermediate OR 10-606-210 SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs)

10-606-159 MATERIALS SCIENCE ...engineering materials, material selection, the relationship between material structure and properties, and failure analysis for design improvement. Materials covered include: metallic, polymeric, ceramic, and composite/exotic.

10-606-212 CAD-ECD ...utilizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical, creation of electrical schematics, bills of material and panel layouts(Corequisite: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro; and 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control)

10-606-213 CAD - AUXILIARY AND FLAT PATTERN ...primary and successive auxiliary views, 2D flat pattern developments. (Prerequisite: 10-606-211, Mech AutoCAD Fund)

10-606-214 FABRICATION AND ASSEMBLY DESIGN ... sheetmetal drawings, welding drawings, threads and fasteners, working drawing documentation, GC&T, group design project.(Prerequisite: 10-606-210, SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs; 10-606-211 Mechanical AutoCAD Fundamentals)

10-606-215 SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION ...stress analysis utilizing the SolidWorks software. Material selection and assembly motion simulation. (Prerequisite: 10-606-210 SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs; 10-606-135, Machine Members-Strength)

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

10-614-204 ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ...basics of rapid prototyping including preparation of SolidWorks models and fundamentals of operating a 3D printer. (Prerequisite: 10-606-210; SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs)

10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.

10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)

10-620-165 FLUIDS 3: INTERMEDIATE HYDRAULICS ...design of cylinder actuating circuits with pressure-compensated flow control valves, how to control pressure, pilot-operated check valve applications, accumulator operation and application, hydraulic motor types and applications. (Corequisite: 10-620-101, Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics)

10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.

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.

10-890-101 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.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Compass College Algebra=60 or ACT-Math=24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-154 GENERAL PHYSICS 1 ...applications/theory of basic physics principles: problem-solving, laboratory investigation, and applications including unit conversion and analysis, vectors, translational and rotational kinematics/dynamics, heat/temperature, and harmonic motion and waves. (Prerequisites: Compass Reading=77 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Compass Pre-Algebra 27 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 4 cr.

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.

10-809-172 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.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (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.

Mechanical Design graduates earn a median starting salary of $39,600.