Mechanical Design Technology

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Program Code: 10-606-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August

About the Mechanical Design Technology Degree


Get involved in the engineering design process – design and analyze mechanical components and assemblies; and create 3D solid models and 2D detailed drawings for parts or assemblies of mechanical and electromechanical systems using the latest computer-aided design/drafting (CADD) systems.

The employment outlook is favorable for mechanical drafters/designers having current training involving CADD systems.

You can earn the Mechanical and Computer Drafting technical diploma on the way to completing this degree.

Additional program details: Important to your success are analytical skills and the ability to grasp spatial relationships. It is also helpful to be able to work well with your hands, possess good hand/eye coordination and have an interest in working with tools.

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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
CIVIL-102 Introduction to AutoCAD ^ 2
CIVIL-105 Computer Applications ^ 2
MATH-115 College Technical Mathematics 1 ‡ ^ 5
MCDESG-102 Technical Drafting 1 ‡ ^ 3
MCDESG-162 Engineering Materials ^ 2
MATH-116 College Technical Mathematics 2 ‡ 4
MCDESG-104 Technical Drafting 2 With CAD ‡ ^ 3
MCDESG-114 SolidWorks 1 ‡ ^ 2
MCDESG-160 Statics ‡ 3
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society 3
ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
MCDESG-106 Advanced Engineering Graphics ‡ ^ 3
MCDESG-118 Kinematics ‡ 3
MCDESG-124 SolidWorks 2 ‡ ^ 2
MCDESG-130 Strength of Materials ‡ 3
MCDESG-163 Machining Processes ‡ ^ 2
ELECTIVES (Two credits needed) 2
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
MCDESG-112 Tool Design ‡ 3
MCDESG-116 Design Elements ‡ 3
MCDESG-125 Design Problems ‡ 3
MCDESG-135 PTC Creo (Pro/E) 1 2
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Mechanical and Computer Drafting technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

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

Career Outlook

The employment outlook is favorable for mechanical drafters/designers having current training involving computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) systems. Manufacturing environments, contract engineers and engineering consulting firms employ mechanical design technicians.

Duties often involve applying learned and developed technical knowledge to solving design problems in the creation of a product. CADD systems will be used to create two- and three-dimensional orthographic and pictorial multiview drawings of mechanical engineering detail, assembly and tooling.

Possible Careers

Design Engineer
Mechanical Designer
Mechanical Drafter

Admission Requirements

One year of high school-level algebra or equivalent


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Last updated: 08/30/2021