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Mechanical Design Technology

10-606-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 61 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Develop the skills you need to be a productive team member in an engineering department. Learn how to work with mechanical engineers to prepare and interpret drawings of products and machine components. You’ll also learn how to solve design problems relating to shaft type and size, bearings, gears and fasteners. Your work may include investigation of strength requirements, material choice, product improvement or cost savings. Or you may work with engineers creating new consumer products. Either way, you’ll have a solid base of technical skills and great career possibilities.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (40 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Sketching and the Design Process
Introduces sketching, which is typically one of the first steps in working out and documenting a design. Almost all initial ideas are hand sketched long before any graphical data is created with the CAD system. Basic sketching techniques and their application to one view, oblique, isometric, and perspective drawings are covered. Lettering techniques are also covered.
CAD and Geometric Constructions
Focuses on the very basics of using AutoCAD software. This course will cover the interface and basic drawing, editing, and printing commands. Applying constructive geometrical thinking to solve more complex problems and accurately locate points, edges, and surfaces when the software cannot do so "automatically" is also covered.
Coreq: Sketching & the Design process (10606151)
Multiview Projections
Covers standard practices of orthographic projection. Best practices for deciding which views to show, how they should be oriented in your drawing, and how to represent key information such as edges, surfaces, vertices, hidden lines, centerlines, and other crucial details are covered.
Coreq: CAD and Geometric Constructions (10606152)
Section Views and Auxiliary Views
Explains that often times there are internal features that lie behind other features, and features that lie on inclined and oblique surfaces. This course covers the creation and placement of section and auxiliary views, allowing portrayal of these features. Descriptive geometry techniques for finding piercing points, points of planar intersections, and surface development are also covered.
Coreq: Multiview Projections (10606153)
Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Explains that dimensions and notes define the size, location, finish, and other requirements to fully describe what is to be manufactured. These standards are covered in this course. Tolerancing, or making allowances for human ability, material properties, and the manufacturing environment is also covered.
Coreq: Section Views and Auxiliary Views (10606154)
Threads and Fasteners
Explains that the ability to properly display various standardized thread forms and fasteners is, naturally, extremely important as most parts ultimately need to be attached to other parts in some manner. This course will show students how to depict and call out these features on a drawing. Both Metric and Unified National Thread series will be covered.
Coreq: Dimensioning and Tolerancing (10606155)
Gears and Cams
Covers two concepts used in the creating of motion using mechanical parts, gears and cams. Students will learn the geometry comprising these two important features, find out how they work, and how to depict them on a mechanical drawing.
Coreq: Threads and Fasteners (10606156)
Working Drawings
Covers the methods for producing working drawings utilized by manufacturers when building parts. Tolerances will be used to ensure the proper fit and function of mating parts. Students will learn the requirements of a detailed part drawing, as well as what is required on assembly drawings and weldments. The workings of an engineering office will also be addressed.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >=65; Coreq: Gears and Cams (10606157)
Structural and Piping Drafting
Will teach students how to create a proper drawing of structures comprised of beams, channels, and tubing. Detailed and schematic piping drawings will also be covered. Students will learn how to draw pipe fittings and how they are assembled to tanks, vats, and other components.
Coreq: Solid Modeling/Working Drawings (10606158)
AutoCAD Mechanical
Will expose the student to the many automated features built into the AutoCAD Mechanical software. Features such as detailing, hardware and symbol libraries, bill of material generation, adherence to CAD standards, integrated layer management, and smart dimensioning tools will be covered.
Coreq: Structural and Piping Drafting (10606159)
Manufacturing Processes with Lab
Introduces the manufacturing processes used to cast, form, cut, and join materials including hands-on experience with manual machining, forming, and joining processes. Incorporates print reading and basic metrology skills.
Metallurgy-Mechanical Design
Presents basic information on ferrous and non-ferrous materials used in the design application. The composition of various material groups are studied, understanding why they are used for specific applications. Consideration will be given to metal properties, and their behavior in specific applications will be explored. The primary heat treatments of ferrous metals will be discussed regarding their use for improving the properties and capabilities of the metal. Terminology is emphasized throughout the course to understand the science and practical language of the subject.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Provides fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per the ASME Y14.5M standard. The development of the technical knowledge and skills required for application and interpretation of GD&T is the focus of the course. Design requirements for functional gages and other methods used to verify GD&T specifications are also presented.
Prereq: Technical Drafting 2 (10606117) or Technical Drafting 2B (10606117B) or AutoCAD Mechanical (10606160)
Design of Tooling
Provides a background in the fundamentals of design and the application of jigs, fixtures, gauging devices and stamping dies in the manufacturing process. Students prepare general assembly and detail drawings of tool designs that use commercial tooling components. CAD experience is required.
Prereq: Tech Drafting 2 1060611 OR AutoCAD Mech 10606160; Mfg Process, Cold-Machining 10420145 and Mfg Process, Hot-Welding 10457103 OR Mfg Process w/Lab 10623119; CATIA V5-Basic 10606102 OR Intro Autodesk Inventor 10606139 OR Intro SolidWorks 10606141
Statics and Strength of Materials
Uses mathematical concepts to determine how forces are distributed through trusses and other rigid structures. Friction and applications of direct stress, strain, thermal expansion and thermal stress are covered.
Prereq: Math-Technical Advanced (10804127) or Math-Technical 2 (10804122) or College Technical Math 2 (10804116) or College Algebra and Trigonometry with Applications (10804197)
Emphasizes motion analysis of existing mechanisms. Motion characteristics are examined through the use of skeleton diagrams and graphical techniques. Topics include application of skeleton diagrams, angular velocity, linear velocity, velocity polygons, cams, gears and gear trains. CAD experience is required.
Prereq: AutoCAD Mechanical 10606160; College Algebra and Trigonometry with Apps 10804197 or College Tech Math 2 10804116
Design Problems
Applies the principles and methods used to solve basic design problems. Students prepare preliminary layouts, assembly drawings and detail drawings. CAD experience is required.
Prereq: Kinematics (10606123); CATIA V5 - Basic (10606102) OR Intro to Autodesk Inventor (10606139) OR Introduction to SolidWorks (10606141); Coreq: Elements of Machine Design (10606121) OR Mechanics of Materials (10623184)
Elements of Machine Design
Examines a variety of problems involving the principles of design. Topics include centroids, moments of inertia, beam selection, bending moments, torsion, Mohr's circle, combined stress and beam deflection. Algebra and other applications of mathematics are used extensively.
Prereq: Statics & Strength of Materials (10606119) or Statics & Strength of Materials-B (10606119B) or Statics (10623183)
College Physics 2
Presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include periodic motion, wave motion, optics, magnetism, static electricity, DC electricity, AC electricity and electromagnetism.
Prereq: College Technical Math 1 (10804115) or College Technical Math 1A (10804113) or College Algebra and Trigonometry w Apps (10804197)
Select a total of 2 credits from these options
Introduction to SolidWorks
Will introduce the student to the basics of the SolidWorks software. Close attention will be paid to properly navigating the interface. Sketching, dimensional and geometric constraints, part modeling, drawing creation, and assembly modeling will all be examined.
CATIA V5 - Basic
Introduces methods for creating three-dimensional models using CATIA V5 software. Topics include product structure, sketcher, solid modeling, drafting, assembly, surface modeling and sheet metal design. Basic computer skills are required.
Introduction to Autodesk Inventor
Will introduce the student to the basics of Autodesk's Inventor software. Close attention will be paid to properly navigating the interface. Sketching, dimensional and geometric constraints, part modeling, drawing creation, and assembly modeling will all be examined.

General Studies (17 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Written Communication
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Think Critically & Creatively
Provides instruction in the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives, and more are considered in-depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
College Algebra and Trigonometry with Applications
This course covers those skills needed for success in Calculus and many application areas on a baccalaureate level. Topics include the real and complex number systems, polynomials, exponents, radicals, solving equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), matrices, graphing, conic sections, sequences and series, combinatorics, and the binomial theorem.
Prereq: ACCPL Algebra >= 85 and ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT(Math) >=22 OR Intermediate Algebra with Apps 10804118 OR not pursuing a degree.
Psychology of Human Relations
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

Suggested Electives (4 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Entrepreneurship, Introduction to
Provides students with opportunities to investigate, understand and apply the process of choosing entrepreneurship as a career path. Explores the entrepreneurial experience by focusing on an awareness of entrepreneurship, opportunity recognition, business concept development and preliminary feasibility testing. Students gain the knowledge, skills, concepts and strategies relevant for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs. The practical hands-on approach encourages students to immerse themselves in the entrepreneurial experience.
Intro to Product Design & Rapid Prototyping
Introduces students to additional solid modeling software, the design process, and rapid prototyping of models. Previous solid modeling experience required.
CATIA V5 - Advanced
Covers the advanced features of three-dimensional modeling, analysis and simulation. This course was created for designers with a CATIA V5 background. It focuses on solid, surface, sheet metal, mold tooling, systems design, stress analysis and kinematics.
Prereq: CATIA V5 - Basic (10606102)
Advanced AutoCAD
Suitable for students comfortable with the basics of creating an AutoCAD drawing, as taught in Intro to AutoCAD and Intermediate AutoCAD. This course focuses on using efficiency tools including grips and tool palettes, drawing with complex objects including polylines, regions and advanced text objects, defining blocks and attributes, using external reference files and image files, using layouts and advanced plotting features, creating sheet sets, and enhancing productivity with simple customization of AutoCAD. It is recommended that students have completed Intro to AutoCAD and Intermediate AutoCAD, or have appropriate industry experience in AutoCAD.
Mechanical Design Occupational Experience
Provides a working relationship with the student, employer and the FVTC Mechanical Design department. Students employed in industry apply their training and acquire skills not available in the classroom. The ability to take this course is subject to job site availability, appropriateness of available training, scheduling and travel. Department consent is required.
3D Modeling and Materials
Familiarizes the learner with methods of modeling and material creation to build realistic-looking scenes for output to print, Web, animation or video. The student will end the class with a final project of their own choosing, demonstrating their knowledge of the skills learned in this class.

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