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    Jun 13, 2024  
MCCC College Catalog 2022-23 
MCCC College Catalog 2022-23 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Design Technology, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

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 DraftSight, 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.

Career Opportunities

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 engineer
  • Field technician
  • Industrial designer
  • Product designer
  • Mechanical designer
  • Research and development technician

Note: The following codes identify courses that satisfy MCCC’s General Education Requirements :
(C1) GE Natural Sciences Competency
(C2) GE Mathematics Competency
(C3) GE Writing Competency
(C4) GE Computer Literacy Competency
(C5) GE Human Experience Competency
(C6) GE Social Systems Competency

Required General Education Courses

See the General Education Requirements  in the college catalog or on the college website ( for a list of courses that satisfy the General Education Learning Competencies.

Required Courses and Sequence

Restricted Electives (select one)

* MATH 119 Elementary Technical Mathematics  and MATH 124 Technical Mathematics II  are required for students whose goal is to complete the associate of applied science degree and seek employment. MATH 157 College Algebra  and MATH 159 Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry  are recommended for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution. Other MATH courses may be selected for transfer depending on the student’s choice of transfer institution. Students interested in transfer are encouraged to seek the assistance of a faculty advisor or admissions counselor

Total Degree Requirements: 61-62 credits

Total Degree Costs: 83 minimum billable contact hours

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