Computer-Aided Mechanical Design

Computer Aided Mechanical Design

Degrees and Certificates

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Why Choose This Program

A Computer-Aided Mechanical Design degree from SCTCC prepares graduates for a career of creating designs and graphics for products and machines. Mechanical designers help engineers and designers with the design and development of new products and tools and updating present equipment.

Students in our program will be immersed in the product design process. This includes the manufacturing process selection, material selection, design and stress calculation, applying geometric dimensioning, and tolerancing the finite element analysis, cost, and safety.

Graduates of our program will be ready to start their career after learning how to create designs using SCTCC’s state-of-the-art computer hardware, the latest 2D drawing/design, 3D modeling, and computer-aided-manufacturing software.

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Skills Acquired

  • Create 2D and 3D parts, assemblies and drawings for a variety of different applications. 
  • Design a product from concept to a completed set of drawings ready for manufacturing. 
  • Learn how to use industrial 3D printers to create design prototypes. 
  • Create geometry that you will cut out or etch in different materials using a CO2 laser and a plasma cutter.  
  • CNC lathe and router with MasterCAM software. 
100
%
2017 Placement Rate
$
26
Central MN average hourly salary

Career Choices

Career fields such as ATV/snowmobile -design/manufacturing are two major players in MN. 

  • Medical equipment 
  • Plastics 
  • Heavy equipment 
  • Custom accessories for trucks, ATVs, diesel market 
  • After market auto/truck equipment 
  • Sporting equipment (for example: skateboards)  
  • Agriculture equipment 

Transfer

SCTCC has an excellent 2 +2 arrangement with Bemidji state university and a bachelor's in Applied Engineering

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Info Sessions

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Contact Us

Dave Johnson
Phone: (320) 308-5044
Fax: (320) 308-5985
Email: djohnson@sctcc.edu

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $1010-3615 for books, supplies, and materials.

Program Scholarship

The scholarship below is available only to Mechanical Design students:

  • DCI, Inc.

Apply just once, and students are considered for all SCTCC scholarships that are available.

SCTCC Scholarships

Clubs & Organizations

Our program has a student chapter of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), which is a professional organization that supports the drafting and design profession. 

Club members meet on a monthly basis to organize the activities for the years which include the following: 

  • Highway cleanup/Fall social 
  • Fundraising activities 
  • Donation of time/money to community organizations 
  • Spring manufacturing trip 
  • Spring social 

The spring manufacturing trip is from 4-6 days long to see manufacturing facilities. This trip is planned by the club members, with oversite of the advisors. Past trips have been to companies like Polaris, Arctic Cat, Caterpillar in Peoria, IL, John Deere in Iowa, auto manufacturers in Detroit and Bowling Green as well as Harley Davidson and Milwaukee Forge in Milwaukee, WI. 

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From Degree to Career

When you choose the Computer-Aided Mechanical Design program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace.  With your degree, you can build your career in medical equipment, plastics, heavy equipment, custom accessories for trucks, ATVs, and diesels, and agriculture equipment. 

At SCTCC, we teach our students the skills needed for the workforce. Our students learn how to create 2D and 3D parts, assemblies, and drawings for a variety of applications.

Graduates from our Computer-Aided Mechanical Design program can design a product from the early stages of the concept to a completed set of drawings ready for manufacturing. Students at SCTCC learn how to use industrial 3D printers to create design prototypes and create geometry that you will cut out or etch in different materials using a CO2 laser and a plasma cutter.

To ensure our graduates are prepared for their future employment opportunities, we even teach students CNC lathe and router understanding with MasterCAM software.

Graduates from our Computer-Aided Mechanical Design degree have a variety of future career opportunities. In the state of Minnesota, ATV and snowmobile design and manufacturing are very popular. However, that is just one of the various career options our students can pursue.

Students can also find potential job options designing and manufacturing medical equipment, plastics, heavy equipment, and custom accessories for trucks, ATVs, and diesel market.

You can even find SCTCC graduates working with after-market auto and truck equipment, sporting equipment (i.e. skateboards), and agriculture equipment.

A day in the life of an SCTCC graduate from our Computer-Aided Mechanical Design program often consists of designing for well-known snowmobile companies in Minnesota. Our students utilize the skills taught in our classrooms like creating 2D and 3D designs, implement product designs, and utilizing a plasma cutter.

SCTCC not only prepares students for the workforce, but also for further academic goals. At SCTCC, we have an excellent 2+2 arrangement with Bemidji State University for a bachelor’s in Applied

Engineering. Students in our Computer-Aided Mechanical Design are more than welcome to pursue this program.

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Student at laptop with design on the screen and students in the background
Student at large machine
Student at 3D printer
Student at laptop with instructor helping

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Accounting program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for a Manufacturing Info Session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

SCTCC Admissions

You can connect with our Admissions representatives many different ways.

Admissions is available on campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Meet the Admissions Staff.

 

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March
4:00 PM
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Thursday
22
April
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Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $1010-3615 for books, supplies, and materials.

The scholarship below is available only to Mechanical Design students:

  • DCI, Inc.

Apply just once, and students are considered for all SCTCC scholarships that are available.

Current Students

Current Computer-Aided Mechanical Design students - this is your place for information.

Dave Johnson
Phone: (320) 308-5044
Fax: (320) 308-5985
Email: djohnson@sctcc.edu

Our program has a student chapter of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), which is a professional organization that supports the drafting and design profession. 

Club members meet on a monthly basis to organize the activities for the years which include the following: 

  • Highway cleanup/Fall social 
  • Fundraising activities 
  • Donation of time/money to community organizations 
  • Spring manufacturing trip 
  • Spring social 

The spring manufacturing trip is from 4-6 days long to see manufacturing facilities. This trip is planned by the club members, with oversite of the advisors. Past trips have been to companies like Polaris, Arctic Cat, Caterpillar in Peoria, IL, John Deere in Iowa, auto manufacturers in Detroit and Bowling Green as well as Harley Davidson and Milwaukee Forge in Milwaukee, WI. 

SCTCC Student Clubs