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, robotics, aerospace products, machinery, computer and electronic products – the list of 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 Draft Sight, AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS and Catia. Possessing skills and knowledge in multiple CAD programs makes 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 for many years to come.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of commercial and industrial designers is expected to grow 4 percent in the 10-year period leading up to 2026. Employment growth will arise from an increase in consumer and business demand for new or upgraded products. Typical mechanical design titles include:
- CAD operator
- Design engineerField technician
- Industrial designer
- Product designer
- Mechanical designer
- Research and development technician
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.