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Mechanical Design Technology
Mechanical Design Technology AAS Degree
The Mechanical Design Technology program consists of a concentration of computer-aided design technology and related math and general education courses. Students learn basic concepts in related fields such as electronics, machine shop, and welding. This program prepares students to create mechanical drawings that meet industry standards.
Reverse Engineering/Rapid Prototyping Concentration (requires 60 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.
After reviewing comparable Minnesota State college programs, this program exceeds 60 credits for one or more of the following reasons; national or international program certification, national or international standards, including skill standards; standards recommended by a primary employer or multiple employers; national specialized program accreditation; state licensure requirements; and/or national practices or standards.
The general education courses may transfer and are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
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. 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 a reverse engineering position or a position in the rapid prototyping department.
|Suggested Technical Studies Semester I|
|CADD1502||Mechanical CADD I||3 Credits|
|CADD1512||CADD Applications I||3 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|
|CADD1522||Applied Physics||4 Credits|
|CADD1530||Basic Electric Circuits||1 Credit|
|MATH1300||College Algebra||3 Credits|
|MATH1321||College Trigonometry||3 Credits|
|MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications||3 Credits|
|MNTC Transfer Electives From Goal Area 2,3,or 5-10||6 Credits|
|Estimated cost for books and supplies:||$3,615|
PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.