This program prepares students to create mechanical drawings that meet industry standards. Drawings, whether plotted on paper or in an electronic format are the universal graphic language in the manufacturing industry. Students create drawings for products and machines using state of the art computer hardware and the latest available 2D drawing/design, 3D modeling and computer aided manufacturing software. Students are able to create actual parts and prototype parts using our state-of-the-art rapid prototype machine and laser cutter/etcher. Students will use Computer-Aided Machining software and CNC equipment to create geometry, programs and simple parts.
The Mechanical Design Technology program consists of a concentration of hands-on technology and related math and general studies courses. It also has students learning hands-on basics in related fields such as electronics, machine shop, and welding. Courses are designed to produce a well-rounded graduate with a hands-on perspective of the manufacturing industry.
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.