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Mechanical Design Technology

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Video: Mechanical Design Technology

Program Number: 10-606-1
School Year: 2017-2018
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac, most courses available at the West Bend campus.

Program Description

Moraine Park’s Mechanical Design Technology program prepares students to assist engineers in the design of products and the preparation of computerized drawings for all types of machines and manufacturing industries. Coursework emphasizes computer-aided design (CAD) techniques, project and product development, and understanding various materials used in design and manufacturing. Coursework also includes designing fixtures, parts, molds and stamping dies with the latest CAD software. Students are exposed to the concepts of lean manufacturing, as well as green sustainable technologies.

Successful mechanical design technicians have strong computer and visualization skills, are detail oriented, have sound math skills and have a mechanical aptitude.

Representatives from business and industry have identified skills that are essential to success in manufacturing. Students will be expected to demonstrate the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) throughout all the manufacturing classes. These skills include: work cooperatively, work productively, listen effectively, demonstrate a positive attitude, maintain a safe work environment, demonstrate integrity, communicate clearly, follow directions, apply problem solving strategies, apply mathematical reasoning, think critically and adapt to change.

Graduates find jobs with a variety of manufacturing industries including metal fabrication companies; industrial equipment manufacturers; paper equipment manufacturers; consumer product companies; recreational equipment firms; and tool, die, metal stamping and mold making companies.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $45,000

Approximate Costs

  • $132.20 per credit (resident)
  • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare detail and assembly drawings for documentation of mechanical components and products.
  • Create CAD geometry, parts and assemblies.
  • Design mechanical components and products.
  • Analyze mechanical engineering problems.
  • Select purchased parts.
  • Design jigs and fixtures.
  • Design mold dies.
  • Design stamping dies.
  • Analyze part drawings.

Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Designer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Tool Designer
  • Die Designer
  • Mold Designer
  • CAD Detailer

Career Pathways

Career Pathways offer a guide to help you achieve your education and employment goals. With short-term education options based on stackable credits, Career Pathways allow you to build upon your education goals as you plan your career advancement. At each step of the way, your classes will stack to more advanced certificates and diplomas, earning industry recognized credentials that provide you potentially new employment opportunities.

Advancement Opportunities With Additional Work Experience or Education

  • Layout Drafter/Designer
  • Machine Designer
  • Engineer
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
606-176 CAD 2-D, AutoCAD 3
617-114 CAD 3-D, SolidWorks 3
623-162 Manufacturing Processes 3
804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A 3
804-114 College Technical Mathematics 1B 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 17
 
Term 2
606-116 Machine Elements 3
606-132 Materials of Industry 3
617-115 Jig and Fixture Design 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
804-116 College Technical Mathematics 2 4
809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
Total 19
 
Term 3
606-107 Component Design 4
606-112 Integrated Manufacturing Planning-Mechanical Design 2
606-128 Design Statics 3
623-196 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
801-1xx Communication Course 3
Total 15
 
Term 4
606-111 Integrated Manufacturing Production-Mechanical Design 2
606-125 Product Design 4
606-130 Strength of Materials 3
617-149 Tool Design 4
809-1xx Social Science Course 3
Total 16
 
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 70

General Education Options

View the Mechanical Design Technology General Education Course Options.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

Academic Planner

Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

This program is also offered in a part-time evening format. Additional certificate offerings also available.

For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.