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    mechanical design technology


      Video: Mechanical Design Technology

      Program Number: 10-606-1
      School Year: 2019-2020
      Associate of Applied Science Degree
      Campus: Fond du Lac, most courses available at the West Bend campus.
      This program is eligible for financial aid

      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

      • $45,760

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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

      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

      Visit the Admissions Page for details


      Semester 1
      103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
      606-176CAD 2-D, AutoCAD3
      617-114CAD 3-D, SolidWorks3
      623-162Manufacturing Processes3
      804-195College Algebra With Applications3
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      606-116Machine Elements3
      606-132Materials of Industry3
      617-115Jig and Fixture Design3
      801-136English Composition 13
      804-196Trigonometry with Applications3
      809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
      Semester 3
      606-107Component Design4
      606-112Integrated Manufacturing Planning-Mechanical Design2
      606-128Design Statics3
      623-196Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing3
      801-1xxCommunication Course3
      Semester 4
      606-111Integrated Manufacturing Production-Mechanical Design2
      606-125Product Design4
      606-130Strength of Materials3
      617-149Tool Design4
      809-1xxSocial Science Course3
      Required Elective Credits3
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements67

      Institutional Requirements

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

      Program Guide

      For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

      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.