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Mechanical Design Technology - Associate Degree

Mechanical design technicians apply knowledge of mechanical engineering technology to design, develop, and test new or revised machinery. Working primarily on a computer utilizing 2D drafting or 3D modeling programs, you assist product engineers by detailing sections of machine designs. As a graduate of the Mechanical Design Technology program, you're also equipped for such careers as detailer and mechanical drafter. With additional education and/or work experience, you may also become a product designer, lead designer, project engineer, or technical sales/service representative.

Program Code: 106061 Emerging Career
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Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Mechanical Drafting Certificate, 906061

Additive Manufacturing Certificate, 906142

Mechanical CAD Fundamentals, 906063

Ask your advisor about 4-year university all-credit transfer opportunities.


  • Day
  • Full-time
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit the following to • High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript). • College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


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

Total Credits 67
  • 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, but must be passed with a C or better.
  • Students considering pursuing a four-year degree should take Intermediate Algebra w/Apps, 10-804-118, in place of 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A and 10-804-196, Trigonometry w/Apps in place of 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B.
  • Students must earn a "C" or higher in College Tech Math 1A, General Physics 1, MS Excel - Intro, and all 10-606-XXX, 10-614-XXX, 10-420-XXX, and 10-442-XXX courses.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare detail and assembly drawings for the documentation of mechanical components and products.
  • Create CAD geometry, parts, and assemblies.
  • Design Mechanical components and products.
  • Analyze Mechanical Engineering Problems.
  • Select purchased parts.
  • Operate word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Understand application of electromechanical devices and servos.
  • Participate as a member of a manufacturing team.
  • Work in an organized manner, documenting work performed.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 50% in field

Employment Potential

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

  • Mechanical Designer: 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. 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.

Employment opportunities with additional education

  • Project Engineer
  • Technical Sales/Service Representative

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.