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Mechanical Design Technology
Mechanical Design Technology AAS Degree
MECHANICAL DESIGN (68 credits required)
REVERSE ENGINEERING/RAPID PROTOTYPE CONCENTRATION (60 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 68 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 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 such as a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), Inspection Arm or 3D scanner.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|MATH1300||College Algebra||3 Credits|
|MATH1321||College Trigonometry||3 Credits|
|MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications||3 Credits|
|MNTCTransfer Elec From Goal Areas 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.