The associate of applied science degree with specialization in mechanical design technology is designed to prepare students for careers that follow the design process of a manufactured product from inspiration to final production. Automobiles, furniture, kitchen appliances, laptop computers, cell phones- the list of consumer products designed by people in this field could go on forever.
Mechanical design students receive training in the latest solid-modeling computer aided design(CAD) software. The CAD programs utilized in the design program are AutoCAD, inventor, SolidWorks and Catia. Possessing skills and knowledge in multiple CAD programs make our design graduates more marketable - it is all about having an edge.
Mechanical design is a dynamic field that attracts talented, creative people. The need for advanced technology products in the medical, transportation and energy fields, as well as the growing global competition among businesses is expected to keep designers busy.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of commercial and industrial designers is expected to grow 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will arise from an increase in consumer and business demand for new or upgraded products.
Typical mechanical design titles include:
• CAD operator
• Product designer
• Industrial designer
• Mechanical designer
• Field technician
• Technical sales representative
• Research and development technicia
In addition to completion of the required general education courses, students desiring the program designation on their transcript must complete the required core and specialized courses.
In addition to the two-year associate degree program, MCCC offers a certificate program in mechanical design technology. We recognize that many employers place value on a certificate which authenticates specialized educational preparation. The program concentrates upon basic core courses with skill development and job upgrading being the primary objectives. All courses taken in the certificate program are applicable toward the associate of applied science degree.