Is Mechanical Design right for you?

Computer Aided Mechanical Design
April 9, 2019

Have you ever wondered how the things around you were designed and created? Mechanical Designers played an important role!

What is Mechanical Design?

Mechanical Designers are vital to the design of any product. They are members of an Engineering team that work on and create product design. If you’re thinking about Engineering, but you prefer to work with design software to craft the final product, Mechanical Design is the better career path for you.

As a Mechanical Designer, you’ll use computer-based techniques to show the construction and mechanized aspects of equipment, tools, and devices. The details of the drawings include measurements and other specs that will be used. The designers also need to consider materials cost, how the pieces function together, and the performance of the item.

What do I learn?

To become a Mechanical Designer, you need to learn about the product design process from concept to complete set of drawings ready for manufacturing, including material selection, design and stress calculation, dimensions and tolerances, safety, and cost. At SCTCC, students use the latest 2D drawing/design and 3D modeling and computer-aided manufacturing software.

Where can I work?

SCTCC graduates get jobs working as drafters and designers for manufacturers of many different products like: custom accessories for trucks and ATVs, after-market auto/truck equipment, sporting equipment like skateboards, agriculture, and just about any industry you can think of.

The great news about this career is that the pay is really good. Graduates from the two-year Computer-Aided Mechanical Design program make an average of $24.14-35.83/hr ($50,211-74,526/yr).

So is Mechanical Design at SCTCC right for you?

  • Have you been thinking about engineering as a career? This a great place to start.
  • Do you like to solve problems?
  • Are you decent at math?
  • Do you enjoy learning different software and like using computer programs?
  • Do you have a spark of imagination or creativity?
  • Are you always modifying or tinkering with things you own or thinking of ways to make them better?
  • Do you want to save some money and time? With a degree in Computer-Aided Mechanical Design you can be done in two years, spend much less than at a university, and start your career sooner.
Kate Wallace