Computer-Aided Mechanical Design

Mechanical Design

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

A Mechanical Design degree prepares graduates for a career of creating designs and graphics for products and machines. Mechanical designers help engineers and designers with the design and development of new products and tools and updating present equipment.

Students will get immersed in the product design process, including manufacturing process selection, material selection, design and stress calculation, applying geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, the finite element analysis, cost, and safety.

Graduates will be ready to start their career after learning how to create designs using state-of-the-art computer hardware and the latest 2D drawing/design and 3D modeling and computer-aided-manufacturing software.

Skills Acquired

  • Create 2D and 3D parts, assemblies and drawings for a variety of different applications. 
  • Design a product from concept to a completed set of drawings ready for manufacturing. 
  • Learn how to use industrial 3D printers to create design prototypes. 
  • Create geometry that you will cut out or etch in different materials using a CO2 laser and a plasma cutter.  
  • CNC lathe and router with MasterCAM software. 
3-year Placement Rate
Central MN hourly salary range

Career Choices

Career fields such as ATV/snowmobile -design/manufacturing are two major players in MN. 

  • Medical equipment 
  • Plastics 
  • Heavy equipment 
  • Custom accessories for trucks, ATVs, diesel market 
  • After market auto/truck equipment 
  • Sporting equipment (skateboards etc..)  
  • Agriculture equipment 


Excellent 2 +2 arrangement  with Bemidji state university:

Contact Us

Dave Johnson

Phone: (320) 308-5044

Fax: (320) 308-5905


Program Scholarship

Minnesota State and SCTCC are awarding $2,500 scholarships to new students in select programs. Find out if you're eligible to apply for a scholarship.

SCTCC Scholarships

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Clubs & Organizations

Our program has a student chapter of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), which is a professional organization that supports the drafting and design profession. 

Club members meet on a monthly basis to organize the activities for the years which include the following: 

  • Highway cleanup/Fall social 
  • Fundraising activities 
  • Donation of time/money to community organizations 
  • Spring manufacturing trip 
  • Spring social 

The spring manufacturing trip is from 4-6 days long to see manufacturing facilities. This trip is planned by the club members, with oversite of the advisors. Past trips have been to companies like Polaris, Arctic Cat, Caterpillar in Peoria, IL, John Deere in Iowa, auto manufacturers in Detroit and Bowling Green as well as Harley Davidson and Milwaukee Forge in Milwaukee, WI. 

SCTCC Student Clubs