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.


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


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.
• 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 TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
Green Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Mechanical Design Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
Micro: Excel-Intro
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Mechanical Design-Exploring
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Mech AutoCAD Fundamentals
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
English Composition 1
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
College Technical Math 1A
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. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Elementary Algebra=61 or ACT-Math =21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
College 101
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Prototype Metal Fabrication
10-442-153 PROTOTYPE METAL FABRICATION...ferrous and non-ferrous metals, oxyacetylene gas, tungsten arc, gas metal arc, and metal fabrication. Course Typically Offered: Spring
CAD-Auxiliary & Flat Pattern
10-606-213 CAD - AUXILIARY AND FLAT PATTERN ...primary and successive auxiliary views, 2D flat pattern developments. (Prerequisite: 10-606-211, Mech AutoCAD Fund) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Fabrication & Assembly Design
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Additive Manufacturing
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
College Technical Math 1B
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...this course is a continuation of College Technical Mathematics 1A. 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: 10-804-113, Tech Math 1A with grade C or better) 2 cr. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
General Physics 1
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 Elem Algebra=61 or ACT-Math score=21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra w/Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=80 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Mechanical Design-CNC
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Machine Members-Strength
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; 10-804-114, College Tech Mathematics 1B or equivilant) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
SW Sheetmetal, Weldment, Loft
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
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.
Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Automation 1: Control Logic
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...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 Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Design Problems
10-606-141 DESIGN PROBLEMS 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 Adv OR 10-606-160, SolidWorks Sheet Metal AND 10-606-166, SolidWorks Loft & Surface)] Course Typically Offered: Spring
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: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro; 10-806-154, General Physics 1; 10-606-211, Mech AutoCAD Fund; 10-804-114, College Tech Mathematics 1B OR 10-804-114, Tech Math 1B) Course Typically Offered: Spring
SolidWorks Simulation
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Engineering Materials - Intro
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Intro to Diversity Studies
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Psychology Of Human Relations
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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

• 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.


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Study Abroad Opportunities

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