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Mechanical Design Technology
Program Code: 10-606-1


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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 69 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

As a mechanical designer, you may be employed in a manufacturing plant to help plan, design, document, test and inspect machines and equipment or to work with the engineer in eliminating product problems. You may also find employment as a detailer or layout drafter. You may be employed in a tool design department, originating and preparing drawings of designs for jigs, fixtures, dies and other attachments used in machine operation, or you may work with engineers to create new consumer products. The program enrolls new students every semester. A part-time evening program is available.


Program Description

This associate degree program is designed to prepare you to work in the field of mechanical design technology. As a graduate of this program, you work closely with a mechanical engineer initially doing work which is similar to that of a drafter by making mechanical drawings of products and machine components. With experience, you progress to work of a more technical nature. You investigate other areas of the design process such as strength requirements, material choice, product improvement, and cost savings. You will use your creativity to solve problems and create new products.

The curriculum is designed to provide you with the broad technical competence needed to be a productive team member in an engineering department. You will develop skill and ability in preparing and interpreting drawings and solving design problems such as selecting the correct size and type of shafts, bearings, gears and fasteners.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements


Program Outcomes

Mechanical Design Technology graduates will be able to:

  • Use appropriate problem-solving methods to identify, analyze and solve problems in an engineering environment.
  • Select and utilize various CAD and other engineering application software.
  • Continue their own personal goals through achieving additional technical skills.
  • Prepare mechanical drawings which communicate design and details for fabrication and/or assembly.
  • Design products in accordance with customer specifications.
  • Communicate design ideas using a variety of communication methods.
  • Function effectively and productively within a team-focused work group.
  • Provide a base for life-long learning.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Algebra, science, English, grammar, computer skills, mechanical drafting, metals and CAD courses are useful.


Student Success



Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Dean Sommerfeld at (920) 996-2877.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.


Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program