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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


The following five courses can be taken in place of 10-606-157, SolidWorks Fund and Drawings and 10-606-158; SolidWorks Advanced:
. 10-606-162, SolidWorks Fundamentals;
. 10-606-163, SolidWorks Intermediate;
. 10-606-164, SolidWorks Assemblies/Drawings;
. 10-606-165, SolidWorks Sheet Metal; and
. 10-606-167, SolidWorks Loft/Surface.

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
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Reading Comprehension: 80; Sentence Skills: 75; Elementary Algebra: 61. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be granted pre-program status and will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program status will be granted. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. 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 (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Students will be required to take the Accuplacer College Level Math assessment instead of the Algebra assessment. The benchmark grade for Mechanical Design Technology on the College Math assessment is 50.
. A high school background in mathematics, science and industrial education.
. High school algebra or equivalent.
. Familiar with Microsoft Word and File Management.


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


10-606-111 Mechanical Design-Exploring
10-606-113 CAD
10-606-157 SolidWorks Fund and Drawings
10-614-113 2D Essentials
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-442-153 Prototype Metal Fabrication
10-606-103 2D CAD - Advanced
10-606-122 CAD-Fabrication & Assembly
10-606-126 Geometric Dimension/Toleran
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
10-806-154 General Physics 1

10-606-135 Machine Members-Strength
10-606-139 CAD-Electrical Control
10-606-158 SolidWorks Advanced
10-606-159 Materials Science
10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
10-620-165 Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics

10-420-115 CNC-Mechanical Design
10-606-141 Design Problems
10-606-143 Mechanisms
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies


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

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


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

10-420-115 CNC-MECHANICAL DESIGN...2 axis CNC; 3 axis CNC; importing files; mold making. (Prerequisites: 10-606-113, CAD; 10-606-157, Solidworks Fund and Drawings OR 10-606-164, Solidworks-Assemblies/Draw)

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

10-606-103 2D CAD-ADVANCED ...primary and successive auxiliary views; intersections and developments; intersections of planes and dihedral angles; piercing points; angles between lines and planes; revolutions; vectors. (Prerequisite: 10-606-113, CAD)

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.

10-606-113 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)

10-606-122 CAD-FABRICATION & ASSEMBLY ...sheet metal drawings as applied to brackets, enclosures & guarding; welding drawings; threads & fasteners; stock components; working drawing documentation. (Prerequisite: 10-606-113, CAD)

10-606-126 GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING/TOLERANCING of standard dimensioning, datums, material condition symbols, tolerances of form and profile, tolerances of orientation and run out, location tolerances and virtual condition. [Prerequisites: 10-606-113, CAD; OR 10-606-157, Solidworks Fund and Drawings OR (10-606-162, Solidworks Fundamentals; and 10-606-163, Solidworks Intermediate; and 10-606-164, Solidworks Assemblies/Draw)]

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)

10-606-139 CAD-ELECTRICAL CONTROL ...draw block and flow diagrams, logic diagrams; introduction to programmable control; fundamentals of electronics; motors and control circuits; sheet metal chassis and panel drawings. (Prerequisite: 10-606-113, CAD)

10-606-141 DESIGN PROBLEMS 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 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 ADVANCED ...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)

10-606-159 MATERIALS SCIENCE 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.

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

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 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)

10-801-196 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: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence 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.

10-804-118 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: Accuplacer-Algebra=61 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better or equivalent AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 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.

10-890-101 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: Accuplacer-CM=63 or ACT-Math 24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=55 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: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 4 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 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.

10-809-172 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 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.