Mechanical Design Technology

Mechanical Design Technology video

Program Number: 10-606-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Fond du Lac, most courses available at the West Bend campus.

Program Description

Moraine Park’s Mechanical Design Technology program prepares students to assist engineers in the design of products and the preparation of computerized drawings for all types of machines and manufacturing industries. Coursework emphasizes computer-aided design (CAD) techniques, project and product development, and understanding various materials used in design and manufacturing. Coursework also includes designing fixtures, parts, molds and stamping dies with the latest CAD software. Students are exposed to the concepts of lean manufacturing, as well as green sustainable technologies.

Successful mechanical design technicians have strong computer and visualization skills, are detail oriented, have sound math skills and have a mechanical aptitude.

Representatives from business and industry have identified skills that are essential to success in manufacturing. Students will be expected to demonstrate the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) throughout all the manufacturing classes. These skills include: work cooperatively, work productively, listen effectively, demonstrate a positive attitude, maintain a safe work environment, demonstrate integrity, communicate clearly, follow directions, apply problem solving strategies, apply mathematical reasoning, think critically and adapt to change.

Graduates find jobs with a variety of manufacturing industries including metal fabrication companies; industrial equipment manufacturers; paper equipment manufacturers; consumer product companies; recreational equipment firms; and tool, die, metal stamping and mold making companies.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $41,798

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare detail and assembly drawings for documentation of mechanical components and products.
  • Create CAD geometry, parts and assemblies.
  • Design mechanical components and products.
  • Analyze mechanical engineering problems.
  • Select purchased parts.
  • Design jigs and fixtures.
  • Design mold dies.
  • Design stamping dies.
  • Analyze part drawings.

Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Designer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Tool Designer
  • Die Designer
  • Mold Designer
  • CAD Detailer

Advancement Opportunities With Additional Work Experience or Education

  • Layout Drafter/Designer
  • Machine Designer
  • Engineer
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
606-176 CAD 2-D, AutoCAD 3
617-114 CAD 3-D, SolidWorks 3
623-162 Manufacturing Processes 3
804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A 3
804-114 College Technical Mathematics 1B 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 17
Term 2
606-116 Machine Elements 3
606-132 Materials of Industry 3
617-115 Jig and Fixture Design 3
804-116 College Technical Mathematics 2 4
801-136 English Composition 1 3
809-195 Economics 3
Total 19
Term 3
606-107 Component Design 4
606-112 Integrated Manufacturing Planning-Mechanical Design 2
606-128 Design Statics 3
623-196 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-197 Technical Reporting 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Total 18
Term 4
606-111 Integrated Manufacturing Production-Mechanical Design 2
606-125 Product Design 4
606-130 Strength of Materials 3
617-149 Tool Design 4
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 16
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 73

Exit Assessment

A comprehensive project is the required exit assessment for this program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

This program is also offered in a part-time evening format. Please click on the Evening Matrix link for more information.

Additional certificate offerings also available.

Shared Engineering Program Courses

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