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Mechanical Design Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 106061

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.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), 906061
• Parametric Modeling, 906062
Ask your advisor about 4-year university all-credit transfer opportunities.

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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

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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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
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...basic fundamentals of MS Excel spreadsheet software.
10-606-111
Mechanical Design-Exploring
1
10-606-116
CAD-Intro
1
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.
10-606-119
Sketching-Technical
2
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted to Mechanical Design program or CAD Certificate; 10-606-116, CAD Intro with "C" or better)
10-606-210
SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs
3
10-606-210 SOLIDWORKS FUNDAMENTALS, ASSEMBLIES AND DRAWINGS ...Terminology; software operation and interface basics, creating basic models, casting and forging models, revolved a swept features, SolidWorks drawing environment, completely dimensioned orthographic drawings; model troubleshooting. (Corequisite: 10-606-119, Technical Sketching)
10-606-211
Mech AutoCAD Fundamentals
2
10-606-211 MECHANICAL AUTOCAD FUNDAMENTALS ...fully dimensioned orthographic mechanical drawings; section and asuxiliary views, mechanical assembly drawings, advanced layer management. (Corequisite: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro with a "C" or better and 10-606-119, Sketching, Technical)
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-804-113
College Technical Math 1A
3
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
10-890-101
College 101
1
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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER
10-442-153
Prototype Metal Fabrication
2
10-442-153 PROTOTYPE METAL FABRICATION...ferrous and non-ferrous metals, oxyacetylene gas, tungsten arc, gas metal arc, and metal fabrication.
10-606-213
CAD-Auxiliary & Flat Pattern
2
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 & Assembly Design
4
10-606-214 FABRICATION AND ASSEMBLY DESIGN ... sheetmetal drawings, welding drawings, threads and fasteners, working drawing documentation, GC&T, group design project.(Prerequisites: 10-606-210, SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs; 10-606-211 Mechanical AutoCAD Fundamentals)
10-614-136
3D Modeling with Inventor
1
10-614-136 MODEL 3D-AUTOCAD-ADVANCED ...Virtual Solid 3D modeling using Autodesk AutoCAD; Advanced 3D commands, Advanced Solids Editing, Creating 3D Feature, Basic Assemblies, Create/Plotting working drawings, Fundamentals for Rapid Prototyping; importing/exporting data.
10-614-204
Additive Manufacturing
1
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)
10-804-114
College Technical Math 1B
2
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...topics include: measurement systems; computational geometry; right and oblique triangle trigonometry; and trigonometric functions on the unit circle. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-107, Intro to Algebra)
10-806-154
General Physics 1
4
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory math and reading assessment scores; OR 10-834-107, Intro to Algebra to satisfy math; OR 10-834-102, Prep for English Comp to satisfy reading)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
10-420-173
Mechanical Design-CNC
2
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)
10-606-135
Machine Members-Strength
5
10-606-212
CAD-ECD
1
10-606-212 CAD-ECD ...utilizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical, creation of electrical schematics, bills of material and panel layouts (Corequisites: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro; 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control)
10-606-216
SolidWorks Advanced
2
10-620-100
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
10-620-100 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 air flow control and hydraulic cylinder circuits.
10-620-101
Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
1
10-620-101 BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulic actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's law, summarize the effects of fluid friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves.
10-620-165
Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
1
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
1
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.
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-606-141
Design Problems
3
10-606-141 DESIGN PROBLEMS ...data gathering, mathematics, document standard practices, project management and teamwork. [Prerequisites: 10-606-135, Machine Members-Strength; 10-606-103, 2D CAD Adv; (10-606-158, Solidworks Sheetmetal, Weldment, Loft OR 10-606-160, SolidWorks Sheet Metal AND 10-606-166, SolidWorks Loft & Surface)]
10-606-143
Mechanisms
3
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: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro; 10-806-154, General Physics 1; 10-606-211, Mech AutoCAD Fund; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w/ Apps OR 10-804-114, Tech Math 1B)
10-606-168
Large Model Management
1
10-606-168 LARGE MODEL MANAGEMENT ...building large assemblies from SolidWorks, Inventor, and 3D Point Cloud data. Utilizing assembly/sub-assembly structure. Exposure to CAD file management and work flows using AutoDesk Vault. Using the large assemblies to create factory layouts. Exposure to NavisWorks and AutoDesk Plant Design.
10-606-215
SolidWorks Simulation
2
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)
10-623-170
Engineering Materials - Intro
3
10-623-170 ENGINEERING MATERIALS - INTRO ...exposure to engineering materials, their properties, and behavior. Topics will include: material types, material testing, mechanical properties, heat treatment and materials selection. (Prerequisites: 10-804-197, College Algebra & Trig w Apps OR 10-804-195, College Algebra w Apps AND 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps OR 10-804-114 Tech Math 1B)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
TOTAL CREDITS
68
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.

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.

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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.

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