Program Description

Mechanical Design Technology
Mechanical Design Technology Diploma

Program Description
MECHANICAL DESIGN (66 credits required)


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. 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.

Mechanical Design Concentration (requires 66 credits total): 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 (requires 58 credits total): 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.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of both concentrations can expect career opportunities in many areas of the engineering field. Graduates will often assist engineers with product design, tool design or product continuation or improvement. Graduates will utilize mathematics and problem solving skills concerning strength, quality, cost, and product appearance. Entry-level positions may include: CAD Drafter/Designer, Engineering Technician, Research and Development Technician, Quality Control or Field Service Technicians and other related areas. The concentration areas prepare the graduate for advancement from their entry level position into either the designer position in a company or into either a reverse engineering position or a position in the rapid prototyping department.

Gainful Employment Data

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
CADD1502 Mechanical CADD I 3 Credits
CADD1512 CADD Applications I 3 Credits
TECH1500 Applied Algebra 3 Credits
TECH1522 Manufacturing Math 4 Credits
TECH1530 Computer Applications 2 Credits
TECH1556 Basic Manual - Automated Machining 2 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
CADD1507 Mechanical CADD II 3 Credits
CADD1516 CADD Applications II 3 Credits
CADD1520 SolidWorks Foundations 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
CADD2505 Production CADD I 3 Credits
CADD2509 Production CADD II 3 Credits
CADD2529 Manufacturing Systems 2 Credits
TECH1552 Basic Metal Joining and Fabrication 2 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
CADD2532 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 2 Credits
CADD2541 Basic CAM 2 Credits
CADD2542 Reverse Engineering 2 Credits
TECH1540 Technical Communications 1 Credit  

Mechanical Design Technology Concentration
CADD1522 Applied Physics 4 Credits
CADD1530 Basic Electric Circuits 1 Credit  
CADD2510 Design Concepts 3 Credits
CADD2514 Computer- Aided Design 3 Credits
CADD2518 Statics and Strength of Materials 3 Credits
CADD2522 Machine Design 3 Credits

Reverse Engineering/Rapid Prototype Concentration
RERP2506 Measurement Systems 3 Credits
RERP2510 3D Scanning to Solid Model 2 Credits
RERP2514 Rapid Prototyping Technologies 3 Credits
RERP2518 Advanced Reverse Engineering 1 Credit  

General Studies
GBEH1100 Human Relations 3 Credits
ENGL1100 Writing for the Workplace 3 Credits

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $3,345

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303