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.
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 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)
- Lead Designer
- Project Engineer
- Technical Sales/Service Representative
Requirements for Program Entry
- Completed application.
- High school transcript or equivalent.
- High school algebra or equivalent.
- Familiar with Microsoft Word and File Management.
- 10-890-101 College 101
- 10-606-111 Mechanical Design-Exploring
- 10-606-116 CAD-Intro
- 10-606-119 Sketching-Technical
- 10-606-210 SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs
- 10-606-211 Mech AutoCAD Fundamentals
- 10-804-113 College Technical Math 1A
- 10-103-131 Micro: Excel-Intro
- 10-801-136 English Composition 1
- 10-614-204 Additive Manufacturing
- 10-442-153 Prototype Metal Fabrication
- 10-606-213 CAD-Auxiliary & Flat Pattern
- 10-606-214 Fabrication & Assembly Design
- 10-614-136 3D Modeling with Inventor
- 10-804-114 College Technical Math 1B
- 10-806-154 General Physics 1
- 10-606-135 Machine Members-Strength
- 10-606-216 SolidWorks Advanced
- 10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
- 10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
- 10-620-165 Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
- 10-664-100 Automation 1: Control Logic
- 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
- 10-420-173 Mechanical Design-CNC
- 10-606-168 Large Model Management
- 10-606-141 Design Problems
- 10-606-143 Mechanisms
- 10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
- 10-606-215 SolidWorks Simulation
- 10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
- 10-623-170 Engineering Materials - Intro
- 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.
About the School
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