Mechanical Design Technology | Western Technical College

Mechanical Design Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Would you like to be part of a team that develops new products and designs solutions to technical problems? Using the mathematical and scientific problem-solving techniques you learn in this program, you could work with engineers to create new, more reliable, more sophisticated products, in less time.

You will create 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) models of parts and assemblies to meet design requirements; produce working drawings that include dimensions, technical details, and materials to be used; evaluate materials and processes; produce engineering documentation; use CAD models for strength and motion analysis, machining and rapid prototyping; and develop organizational skills to keep projects on track.

There are many career opportunities for mechanical design technicians in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Mechanical Design Technology

This program will cost about $9,900* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Mechanical Design Technology 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding1
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$17.58
Hourly Wage Range$17.58 - $17.58
Median Annual Salary$36,566

Respondents in Related Occupations

No occupations reported.

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Designer
CAD Designer
Engineering Technician
Mechanical /Product Designer
Design Engineer

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Prepare detail and assembly drawings for documentation of mechanical components and products.
  • Create CAD geometry, parts and assemblies.
  • Design mechanical components and products.
  • Analyze mechanic engineering problems.
  • Select purchase parts.
  • Produce and revise supporting engineering documentation.
  • Evaluate manufacturing processes and materials for product development.
  • Demonstrate awareness of product liability and industry standards.
  • Demonstrate the organizational skills required to meet design and production deadlines.
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret and communicate technical concepts, designs and documentation.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Transfer Agreements

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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