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 a 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.
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 makes 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 the 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)
Technical Sales/Service Representative
Requirements for Program Entry
High school transcript or equivalent.
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.
A high school background in mathematics, science, and industrial education.
High school algebra or equivalent.
Familiar with Microsoft Word and File Management.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Mechanical Design Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
College Technical Math 1A
Mech AutoCAD Fundamentals
English Composition 1
Prototype Metal Fabrication
3D Modeling with Inventor
College Technical Math 1B
CAD-Auxiliary & Flat Pattern
General Physics 1
Automation 1: Control Logic
Large Model Management
Intro to Diversity Studies
Engineering Materials - Introduction
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
Intro to Psychology
Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
Cams & Gears
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 the application of electromechanical devices and servos.
Participate as a member of a manufacturing team.
Work in an organized manner, documenting work performed.