Mechanical Design Technology | Western Technical College

Mechanical Design Technology

Associate Degree

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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, and 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 $9,849* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • 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
  • Meet design and production deadlines
  • Interpret and communicate technical concepts, designs, and documentation

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Transfer Agreements

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Mechanical Design Technology

Career Pathways

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