Bring ideas to life.
BECOME A MECHANICAL DESIGNER.
Mechanical designers create designs for machines and mechanical devices through the use of computer aided design software. Machine designers are often referred to as CAD specialists. They combine design skills with mechanical engineering knowledge to assist product development engineers in the manufacture of new mechanical devices. They are usually involved in all manufacturing phases of a machine or mechanical implement, from the initial sketches of the machine through the testing of the finished product. Products can include anything with working machine parts, from a tool to an aircraft.
The principal role of a mechanical designer is to help carry out a company’s product development needs. The designer essentially creates the blueprints for machines and mechanical products or accessories. The designer may begin with rough sketches of an idea from a working machine, then move on to detail sketches. Once all drawings are finalized and approved, the designer drafts a blueprint for a working device.
According to the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, there will be 410 annual openings – 10 percent growth – in Michigan with a wage range of $21-$33.
MCCC PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR THIS FIELD
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. Mechanical design students receive training in the latest solid-modeling computer aided design software. The CAD programs utilized in the design program are Draft Sight, AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS and Catia.
In addition to the two-year associate degree program, Monroe County Community College 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.
Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor's Degree
Although applied science and engineering technology programs are designed as career programs for entry into jobs after the completion of a certificate or associate degree, MCCC has transfer agreements with several universities. The University of Toledo, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan Technological University and Siena Heights University allow direct transfer of several of MCCC’s two-year applied science and engineering technology programs.
MCCC students can complete a Siena Heights University applied science bachelor's degree right on the MCCC campus.
Many MCCC graduates earn a bachelor of engineering technology degree after receiving an associate of applied science degree from MCCC. Some students use their technical credits earned at MCCC as their area major in teacher education programs.
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