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Mechanical Design Technology Program

Associate of Applied Science│2 Years│65 Credits│Fond du Lac, West Bend│Eligible for Financial Aid

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $51,164

Combine your design skills, math knowledge and mechanical aptitude and turn it into a career with the Mechanical Design Technology program at Moraine Park.

From designing products to preparation of models and drawings for all types of machines and manufacturing industries, mechanical designers assist engineers by developing designs for mechanical equipment using Computer Aided Design (CAD). The Mechanical Design Technology program prepares students for the field with hands-on CAD work, and an in-depth look at project and product development.

What You’ll Learn

Students in the Mechanical Design Technology courses learn about various materials used in design and manufacturing, and practice by developing models and finalizing designs. Coursework also includes die, mold, jig and fixture designing. Students become skilled at analyzing parts drawings and troubleshooting mechanical engineering issues. Graduates are proficient in the latest CAD software and are knowledgeable about Lean manufacturing and green sustainable technologies.

This program is also offered in a part-time evening format.

Graduates find jobs in a variety of manufacturing industries:

  • Metal fabrication companies
  • Industrial equipment manufacturers
  • Paper equipment manufacturers
  • Consumer product companies
  • Recreational equipment firms
  • Tool, die, metal stamping and mold-making companies

Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $61,075

Potential careers include, but are not limited to, the following:

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

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • CAD 3-D, Advanced SolidWorks
  • Integrated Manufacturing Planning – Mechanical Design
  • Product Design
  • More

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

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If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

NOTE: This program requires minimum Accuplacer QAS or ACT Arithmetic scores to register for the algebra classes. After you have been admitted to the program, your advisor will help you understand what courses are appropriate for your next steps.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Additional Program Costs

Books and supplies – $1,061

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

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Cost breakdown:

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Supplemental Fee: $
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Books and required tools, supplies, or attire are additional.

MDT Student Voices

“Jeff Quackenboss and Kim Olsen were a wealth of information that helped me be informed and realize my self worth. They prepared me for what the engineering department would be like for my career.” – Sean S.

“I was able to obtain a very successful demanding job without the debt of a university. I will also be able to use my education from Moraine Park as a stepping stone for future education.” – Madison C.

“I found the experience of working in a team the most rewarding. The Integrated Manufacturing Center course I was able grow in my presentation skills, communication skills, and social skills. I believe these are all very important when entering into the engineering field.” – Marshall W.

“I enjoyed the personal growth through creating projects that mimic employment situations and learning from experienced instructors with wide knowledge in their field.” – Thomas S.

“The smaller college made the learning more personal. I also loved how I got to personally know all of my classmates.” – Gretchen K.

Mechanical Design program student working on a machine.
Mechanical Design program student working on a machine.
Mechanical Design program student working on a PC.
Mechanical Design program student working on a PC.
Two Mechanical Design program students working on a machine.
Mechanical Design program student working on a PC.
Mechanical Design program student working on a machine.

High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 6-8 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

Our recruiters on any of the three campuses are ready to help you plan your future!