Mechanical Design Technology

Why Choose This Program?

Drawings, whether plotted on paper or in an electronic format, are the universal graphic language in the manufacturing industry. These drawings, in turn, guide the creation of everything from simple components, complex machines and consumer products.

But mechanical designers don’t simply draw; instead, they must factor in the economics, manufacturability, and aesthetics of their designs.

The Mechanical Design Degree prepares graduates to create drawings that meet industry standards as well as factor in the many business, functional and aesthetic design requirements. Using 2D drawing/design, 3D modeling and computer aided manufacturing software, students create designs and drawings for products and machines.

Students can choose from two concentrations. The first concentration – mechanical design – emphasizes the design process. The second concentration – reverse engineering and rapid prototyping – emphasizes assembly of products through analysis of function and operation.

Mechanical designers assist engineers and designers with the design and development of new products and tools and the modernizing of present equipment.

Design your future in this exciting field. Learn more today.

Mechanical Design Concentration

This concentration area has students create designs for simple components, complex machines and consumer products using state of the art computer hardware and the latest available 2D drawing/design, 3D modeling and computer aided manufacturing software. Many things need to be considered when creating or changing existing products, such as economics, manufacturability, and aesthetics. These are a few of the challenges today's mechanical designer faces. This concentration immerses students in the product design process, including manufacturing process selection, material selections, design and stress calculations, applying geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, the FEA (finite element analysis) process, cost of product and safety of products to consumers in regard to product design.

Reverse Engineering/Rapid Prototyping Concentration

This concentration area has students use the reverse engineering and rapid prototyping processes to discover the technological principles of an assembly through analysis of its function, and operation. This involves taking the assemblies apart and analyzing the components physical size using various hand and computerized measuring instruments such as a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), Inspection Arm or 3D scanner. Students will also discover how assemblies work in great detail so one can improve the design and/or the manufacturing processes used to create it. Students will use this data and solid modeling (3D) software to create mechanical drawings that meet industry standards, and prototype parts and assemblies using various rapid prototyping technologies.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303