Program Description

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Mechanical Design Technology
Mechanical Design Technology AAS Degree

Program Description
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).

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. 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  

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
CADD2505 Production CADD I 3 Credits
CADD2509 Production CADD II 3 Credits
CADD2518 Statics and Strength of Materials 3 Credits
CADD2529 Manufacturing Systems 2 Credits
TECH1552 Basic Metal Joining and Fabrication 2 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
CADD2510 Design Concepts 3 Credits
CADD2514 Computer- Aided Design 3 Credits
CADD2522 Machine Design 3 Credits
CADD2532 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 2 Credits
CADD2541 Basic CAM 2 Credits
CADD2542 Reverse Engineering 2 Credits
TECH1540 Technical Communications 1 Credit  

General Education
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.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303