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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.

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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

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

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

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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.)
• 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 TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
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 ...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
10-606-111
Mechanical Design-Exploring
1
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-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, using AutoCAD software. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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; completed 10-606-116, CAD Intro with "C" or better) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
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: 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
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. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Elementary Algebra=61 or ACT-Math =21 or 10-834-109, Pre 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
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. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-804-114
College Technical Math 1B
2
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
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: 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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-606-135
Machine Members-Strength
5
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
10-606-158
SW Sheetmetal, Weldment, Loft
3
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
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-620-100
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
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
1
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
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
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 Adv OR 10-606-160, SolidWorks Sheet Metal AND 10-606-166, SolidWorks Loft & Surface)] Course Typically Offered: Spring
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; 10-804-114, College Tech Mathematics 1B OR 10-804-114, Tech Math 1B) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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)
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
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
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
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.

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

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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